Academic Positions

Associate Professor or Senior Scientist in Immunological Methods and Immune System of Production Animals 983078

The Department of Animal Science (ANIS), Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for a position in immunological methods and immune system of production animals available from 1 January 2019 or soon thereafter. Aarhus University offers talented scientists attractive career perspectives. 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
ANIS seeks candidates with broad expertise in basic immunology and host-pathogen interaction and with particular focus on developing immunological methods of analysis in domestic animals. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, basic aspects of the immune system, disease resistance, mechanisms for vaccine response and vaccines or immunotherapy. In particular, we request candidates who can strengthen the Department’s laboratory platform for research in immunology, host pathogen interaction and prevention of infectious diseases. You are expected to take initiatives in interdisciplinary research together with national and international research and industry partners, and to attract external funding to establish a successful research programme and your own research team.
There will be major emphasis on research activities that can form the basis of the Department’s research-based education on immunology and disease prevention courses, and teaching and supervising students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. Further, you will contribute to the research-based basis for tasks of the Ministry regarding immunology and disease resistance in poultry and other livestock animals and participate in knowledge exchange with society and industry. 
The candidate 
Qualifications for the associate professor or senior scientist at Aarhus University include a relevant research profile, 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 form 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 unit Immunology and Microbiology. 
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: or head of research unit professor Charlotte Lauridsen, phone: +45 8715 8019, e-mail:

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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