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Professor in the chemistry of biological materials

Applications are invited for a position as full Professor in the field of chemistry of biological materials at the Department of Chemistry (, Faculty of Natural Science ( at Aarhus University ( The intended start is June 2020 or as soon as possible.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading chemistry departments in Europe with a broad research program. It has a permanent staff of ~30 full, associate and assistant professors, a support-staff of ~30 technicians and other personnel, ~100 PhD students, ~50 postdocs and around 400 students. In addition to excellence in research, teaching and supervision, the Department of Chemistry values equal opportunities, a collegial atmosphere, and a student-friendly mindset from future colleagues.

The Department of Chemistry seeks outstanding applicants who are expected to lead and develop research and teaching activities within the field of chemistry of biological materials and bio-inspired materials. Applicants must have a PhD degree in chemistry or a closely related area. A successful candidate will have a track record of excellent high-impact research, documented through articles in peer-reviewed international journals. The candidate is expected to build and lead an independent research group in Aarhus, and conduct an active internationally-recognized research program.

Applicants are expected to have an excellent record of original research at a high international level. To qualify for the position, it is essential to have solid experience in managing a research group and a proven ability to publish at an internationally high level together with a substantial record in attracting research funding. Collaborations with other groups at the Department of Chemistry is expected. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and collaboration with research groups at other Departments at the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences as well as Health Sciences is anticipated. Plans for future research should be outlined in the application.

Interest and competencies in teaching chemistry at all levels of university education are essential. Applicants must document a record of significant teaching and supervision experience at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. A successful candidate must be able to teach introductory chemistry courses as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses, certainly in the field of materials chemistry. Teaching can be in Danish and English, depending on the course. We offer didactics courses to applicants who have not yet fulfilled such requirements.

We expect our new colleague to value and participate in the general academic work at the Department of Chemistry. This includes serving on committees, solving tasks with colleagues, helping and giving feedback to colleagues, mentoring of junior colleagues etc. Experience with administrative duties is desirable.

The place of work is Department of Chemistry located either at the interdisciplinary NANO-science center (Gustav Wiedsvej 14) or at the Chemistry complex (Langelandsgade 140), and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information on the position, please contact the head of search committee Prof. Peter R. Ogilby (, or the Head of the Department of Chemistry, Prof. Birgit Schiøtt (

Deadline: All applications must be made online and received by: March 1st 2020. Interviews are expected to be held during the spring of 2020.

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 that promotes positive interactions with students and staff, as well as being a good colleague in general. Together, we define the future of the Department of Chemistry, 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 at the Department of Chemistry is given in English. The majority of BSc and MSc thesis works are written in English, as are all PhD theses. We offer free Danish courses.

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, business and 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 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, 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.

Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar, Scopus and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record.

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

01 March 2020


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