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Professor in Experimental Surface and Interface Science at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University

Applications are invited for a position as full Professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University ( The opening is in the field of experimental surface and interface science on nanoscale systems.

The Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center seeks to strengthen its program by appointing a Professor to lead and develop research and teaching activities in experimental surface and interface science. The research is expected to involve experimental characterization of atomic and molecular-scale phenomena and properties relevant to surfaces and interfaces within nanoscience. Relevant research fields could be, but are not limited to, catalysis, electrochemistry, nanoelectronics, molecular self-assembly and biomolecules or cells on surfaces. As a part of the research plan, candidates are encouraged to account for the use and development of the extensive scanning probe microscopy facilities, available at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, including state-of-the-art UHV, ambient and liquid phase scanning probe microscopes.

The Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, where the research will take place, is situated at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University. iNANO was founded in January 2002 to promote synergistic interactions that cross traditional scientific boundaries between research groups with competences in physics, chemistry, molecular biology, biology, and medicine. The iNANOschool is a graduate school of international stature at the Faculty of Science and Technology. The school has approx. 100 PhD students enrolled, and it provides interdisciplinary training in nanoscience and nanotechnology at the highest level. iNANO also possesses some of the strongest infrastructure platforms in Northern European countries, providing optimal conditions for carrying out world-class research. In addition to excellence in research, teaching and supervision, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center values equal opportunities, a collegial atmosphere, and a student-friendly mindset of future colleagues.

The ideal candidate has an excellent record and expertise in the application and development of scanning probe techniques. The candidate is expected to lead an independent research group and conduct an active research program, which is internationally recognized. It is also expected that the ideal candidate will be able to collaborate in cross-disciplinary projects within the activities of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and related departments and be a valuable partner within industry-driven research and development. Furthermore, the applicant is expected to document established international relations with research groups within the field. The ability to engage in the development and application of new surface characterization tools and plans for use of large enabling facilities for surface and nanoscience at AU, including clean room facilities, electron microscopes and the ASTRID synchrotron will be considered positively.

Interest and competences in teaching nanoscience-related fields at all levels of university education is essential. Accordingly, a successful candidate is able to teach at courses relevant for the Nanoscience Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes. Candidates who do not speak Danish are expected to be able to teach in Danish on undergraduate courses within a 3–5 year timeframe.

We expect our new colleague to value and participate in the general academic work at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center. This includes serving on committees, solving tasks with colleagues, helping with and giving feedback to colleagues, etc. Similarly, the colleagues may help you as well, for example in relation to applications for external funding.

For further information on the position, please contact Center Director Trolle Linderoth (

All applications must be made online and received by: 2 March 2020. The intended start date for this appointment is 1 June 2019.

Place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Work and life in Denmark and Aarhus
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. We see diversity as a strength . It is a priority that the successful candidate has a personality supporting positive interactions with students and all types of staff, as well as being a good colleague in general. Together, we define the future of the center, both scientifically and with respect to thriving in our day-to-day work.

Working in Denmark offers opportunities for a good work-life balance. In Denmark there is a system of guaranteed and affordable daycare. Education is free including universities. English is widely spoken, though Danish is the common language off campus. A fraction of the courses are given in English. The majority of BSc and MSc thesis works are written in English, as are all PhD theses. We offer Danish courses and exams.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here:

Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, and forms the center of the western parts of the country on the Jutland peninsula. It is situated in beautifully at the Aarhus Bay near Mols National Park and the Lake District around Silkeborg. Recently, Aarhus has attracted international attention as a travel destination due to its unique combination of a thriving food-scene, high-quality museums, a surrounding beautiful nature, a very lively city due to the "young population", many cultural events including music festivals etc. See e.g. the recent recommendation by CNN ( . Aarhus is easily reached through local international airports in Jutland within 1 hour of Aarhus, or through either Copenhagen or Hamburg Airports, both situated about a 3-hour train-journey from Aarhus.

Aarhus University is consistently ranked as a top-100 university in the World and it houses both an engineering and a medical school, as well as the traditional sciences, social sciences, environmental & agricultural sciences and arts.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the Center Director selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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