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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Plant Ecophysiology 968665

The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a position as Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Plant Ecophysiology. The position is available from Oct 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

The Department of Bioscience
The Department of Bioscience belongs to the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The Department currently employs approximately 140 full time scientific staff, 120 postdocs and PhD students and 120 technical support staff who together contribute to an international research environment. The research fields ranges across most aspects of biology, spanning all biological levels from genes, physiological processes, individuals, populations and species to entire ecosystems. The Department is responsible for a Bachelor’s and a Master’s programme in Biology at Aarhus University.

The selected candidate will join the Section of Aquatic Biology which comprises staff specialized in both marine and freshwater aquatic systems as well as plant ecologists working with invasive plants and their functional roles in wetlands, biogeochemical processes in wetlands, and nutrient processing and removal in streams and wetlands. Both basic and applied research are conducted within these areas.

Please refer to ( for further information about the Section of Aquatic Biology, to ( for information about the Department of Bioscience and to ( and ( for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

The position
This tenure track position will strengthen and complement ongoing research in the Plant Biology group in the Section of Aquatic Biology. The appointee will be expected to develop a research program focused on plant ecophysiology, integrating research approaches from the genetic, biochemical, and cellular levels to the whole-plant scale. It is expected that this position will utilize modern and novel research tools and approaches directly or through departmental collaboration to develop a mechanistic understanding of plant responses to environmental change. Furthermore, we expect the position will be involved in building research-relations and collaborations with business and industry through strategic research initiatives. Applicants must in their application present a work plan and research strategy for their proposed research within the field of plant ecophysiology. Depending on the qualifications of the appointee they will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive start-up grant ensuring a successful start in building their research space.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in plant physiology and plant ecology, and to contribute to other relevant teaching, including supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students.
Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is an expected and integral part of positions within our department.

The candidate
We are looking for an early career researcher with a strong research profile in plant ecophysiology. We expect experience with experimental whole-plant studies as well as field measurements in natural ecosystems and a clear understanding of the impacts of environmental conditions on plant performance. Moreover, the candidate must be able to demonstrate promise of outstanding capabilities in independent research, dissemination, and funding. A tenure track appointment requires demonstration of independent and novel research initiatives combined with successful postdoc positions including international experience as demonstrated by a significant number of international publications.

Successful candidates are expected to:

  • Conduct research of the highest international standard;
  • Establish and develop their own research space within the Department;
  • Establish synergies between their own research and other related research activities;
  • Contribute to relevant teaching and supervision at the Department of Bioscience;
  • Be able to communicate and teach in Danish within two years after employment;
  • Supervise bachelor, masters and PhD students;
  • Complete postgraduate teacher training for Assistant Professors at Aarhus University
  • Be granted competitive research funding from external funding bodies;
  • Contribute to the Department strategy and working environment

The following professional and personal qualifications are required:
  • PhD degree in Biology or equivalent qualifications;
  • Documented high-level research qualifications;
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision, preferential using educational IT tools;
  • Experience in communication of research in a wide context;
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Ability to write and speak English fluently

Working place
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Section for Aquatic Biology, Building 1135, Ole Worms Allé 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship position.

The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme is to:
  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:
  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines ( for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

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
Science and Technology 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. (in Danish). (

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 Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here. (

All applications must be made online and received by: 01.06.2018


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