Academic Positions

Scientific career positions in physiology, nutrition and disease prevention of monogastric animals 983076

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for three positions in sustainable feeding and nutritional physiology and disease prevention of monogastric production animals available from 1 November 2018 or soon thereafter. Aarhus University offers talented scientists attractive career perspectives. You can apply for the positions at either assistant professor/researcher or associate professor/senior scientist level. An internationally excellent applicant at assistant professor/researcher level has the opportunity to achieve a tenure track position, which means that the successful candidate will be appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position as associate professor or senior scientist. Internationally excellent applicants at both levels have the opportunity to apply for a competitive starting grant to boost the building of their research team.

The positions
The main activity will be to conduct and develop research, research-based teaching and to contribute as an expert consultant to the Danish authorities. The positions will strengthen and complement the Department’s strong research environment in animal physiology, immunology, nutrition and feeding of pigs, poultry and mink. The overall scope is to facilitate a sustainable and robust animal production with special focus on nutritional intervention to support an efficient production, animal health and disease prevention, reducing environmental impact and the animals’ overall footprint. The research areas may include nutrition/feeding and management with special emphasis on digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients, identification of biomarkers for nutrient/physiological/immunological/health status, and development of animal models, mathematical models and laboratory methods supporting the research. You are expected to take initiatives in interdisciplinary research together with national and international research and industry partners and to ensure external funding to establish a successful research programme and your own research team. 
Further, you will have to, within your area of expertise, participate in providing research-based consultancy to authorities, participate in knowledge exchange with society and industry, and to be responsible for teaching and supervising students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels as well as young researchers and technical staff.  

The candidate
Qualifications for the assistant professor/tenure track levels at Aarhus University include minimum two years’ experience at postdoc level with a relevant research profile and a strong scientific publication record in one or more of the areas of the positions as described above. Further information on tenure track can be found here.
Qualifications for the associate professor/senior scientist level at Aarhus University include a relevant research profile in one or more areas of the positions, as described above, documented by a strong scientific publication record, successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration as well as teaching and supervision experience. Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here.

Department of Animal Science (ANIS)
The mission of ANIS is to perform basic, strategic and applied research and innovation within the Department’s core activities: health, welfare and nutrition. The activities make up the science-based foundation for ANIS’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. ANIS has strong research units within immunology and microbiology, molecular nutrition and reproduction, animal nutrition and physiology, animal behaviour and stress biology, and epidemiology and management in which the core activities take place. The successful applicants will be working in the research units of Animal Nutrition and Physiology or Immunology and Microbiology but have responsibilities across ANIS.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Animal Science, for information on the research unit and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

Living in Denmark
Please visit the International Centre website ( for information about arriving to and living in Denmark for both the applicant and his/her potential family.

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus.

Further information on the position may be obtained from head of department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail:, head of research unit Jakob Sehested, phone: +45 8715 7893, e-mail: or head of research unit professor Charlotte Lauridsen, phone: +45 8715 8019, e-mail:

Application procedure
Please state in your application if you apply either at assistant professor/researcher or associate professor/senior scientist level or both.

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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