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Assistant professor position at The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) at Aarhus University 962206

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) at Aarhus University invite applications for a 15 months position (01.04.2018 – 30.06.2019) as assistant professor in connection to research infrastructure projects with special focus on the Delphini space missions, the SONG telescope network and the MegaMan project.

SAC is a world leader in the fields of asteroseismology, stellar structure and evolution, planetary systems, and galactic archaeology. The centre plays a prominent role in the use of data from the NASA Kepler/K2 and TESS missions. At the other end of the satellite scale SAC is involved in exploring the possibilities for using nano-satellites for research and education. This involves collaboration with the Danish Industry. The goal of the centre is to ensure that full use is made of these possibilities to perform coherent studies of exoplanetary systems, their host stars, structure and evolution of stars.

The successful candidate is expected to work on a number of specific telescope and satellite projects as well as the scientific use of those facilities. The programs/facilities relevant are:

- The Delphini-1 and Delphini-2 projects: with focus on education/teaching and research and collaboration with industry.
- The SONG project:
- The MegaMan project and collaborations with Department of Engineering and Department of Geoscience.
- Preparation for the Danish use of the NASA TESS mission opportunity with focus on target selection and analysis of time series data for oscillating intermediate-mass stars.

The successful candidate is encouraged to pursue an independent research programme in connection with the research carried out by other members of SAC.

SAC has established direct collaborations with research groups from the University of Birmingham, Leiden Observatory, MIT, MPA, MPIA, NASA Ames Space Center, and the University of Sydney, among others. There is an extensive exchange with our collaborators, with shorter and longer visits to, and by, them. The many visitors and the postdoc and PhD programme at SAC provide a vibrant working environment and we invite the successful applicant to be a part of this environment. SAC also has access to telescopes through the Danish membership of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT).

Candidates for the position must have a PhD in astronomy or physics, or equivalent. The starting date is 1 April 2018. The duration of the position is 15 months (end date: 30.06.2019).

The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, and a statement explaining their past and current research (maximum 3 pages) as well as a research proposal (maximum 3 pages) and a teaching portfolio. Furthermore, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be send before the deadline to or uploaded as part of the application.

Questions regarding this job offer are encouraged and should be directed to the Centre Manager of SAC, Hans Kjeldsen

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.

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