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Professor in Local-scale Atmospheric Modelling and Human Exposure Assessment

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, invites applications for a position as full professor in local-scale atmospheric modelling and human exposure assessment to strengthen the research capacity and research-based advisory activities at the department. The position is to be filled by May 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University. The expertise of the department ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology, social science, geography, economics, to policy analysis. Basic as well as applied research are conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, and climate change. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other authorities. Currently, about 150 staff and PhD students are working at the department. The department believes in values of equality, diversity and inclusion, and creating an attractive work/life balance. Further information can be found at

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Atmospheric Environment in the Group of Atmospheric Modelling. The research is targeted towards an understanding of the fundamental atmospheric processes: transport, chemical conversion, dispersion and deposition of air pollution. The group develops, tests, and applies hemispheric to local scale air pollution models, that integrate with environmental and health impacts, socio-economic impacts and climate change. The aim is to provide the state-of-the-art capacity in Denmark for research, development, application, teaching and decision support within the area of air pollution modelling and integrated assessment modelling. The work will take place in close collaboration with other sections in the Department working with topics like emission inventories, atmospheric measurements (routine monitoring as well as field studies), environmental economics, environmental social science, and environmental geography.

Expertise within the Group of Atmospheric Modelling includes:

  • Atmospheric physics and chemistry, mathematical and numerical methods and computer science
  • Long-range transport modelling covering the Northern Hemisphere, Europe, Denmark and including governing physical and chemical processes
  • Local-scale modelling including governing physical and chemical processes on a scale of an urban area, an urban street as well as point sources like stacks on industry and power plants
  • Weather forecast modelling from hemispheric scale down to urban scale
  • Operating and further developing integrated model systems covering all scales for 3-days forecasting as well as integrated assessment modelling with focus on the impact on human health, the environment and climate
  • Taking part in integrated monitoring where state of the environment is assessed through combined use of measurements and model calculations
  • Climate and earth system modelling with contributions to model developments in understanding of the forcing and drivers of the climate system from anthropogenic and natural origins at global, regional and national scales
  • Modelling impact of climate change on air pollution loadings with special focus on Europe and the Arctic environment
  • Decision-support to policy makers within emissions, source apportionment, air quality and deposition assessment, health impacts and related socio-economic costs, impact assessment of policy measures as well as information to the public about air quality
Description of the position:
The selected candidate is expected to:
  • Take a leading role in the establishment and consolidation of an externally funded research program within local-scale atmospheric modelling and human exposure assessment
  • Develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration both internally and externally. The latter with both national and international partners
  • Supervise graduate students (Master and PhD and post doc. level)
  • Contribute to the development of a new education in environmental science that the department is aiming to establish
  • Contribute to the department’s advisory activities of Danish and European authorities as well as private companies
The position requires a solid background in physics, geophysics, mathematical modelling and/or meteorology. Strong qualifications within research based development, testing and application of atmospheric models are expected. Experience in chemistry-transport modelling, with studies of physical/chemical processes in relation to human exposure assessment, numerical modelling and statistical methods will be highly desirable. Good communication skills and experience with cooperation with Danish authorities is an advantage. If the native language of the candidate is not Danish, then the candidate is expected to learn Danish to be able to carry out advisory work for Danish authorities. The Department supports Danish courses.

Applicants should hold scientific qualifications at professor level with at least 10 years of highly productive post-graduate research and publication experience and a significant track record of successful external research funding, as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed ISI journals are required.

A demonstrated research leadership and ability to define and manage large research projects is required as well as demonstrated ability to successfully supervise postdocs, PhD students and Master students. Experience in management of consultancy/advisory projects is desirable as is a demonstrated capability and interest in delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching.
The successful applicant must have proven extensive national and international research collaboration (e.g. joint papers and proposals) and have an ability to provide inspiration and guidance for researchers and colleagues at the department. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. In addition, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for values of equality, diversity and inclusion. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, RISØ Campus, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at . AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Further information
Further information may be obtained by contacting Head of Section; Emission and Atmospheric Modelling, Senior Researcher Steen Solvang Jensen +45 30183127 or Head of Department, Professor Carsten Suhr Jacobsen +45 87158701.

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 head of department 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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range Formalities and salary range
Technical 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

26 November 2020


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