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Department of Biology - Microbiology

Associate or Assistant Professorship (tenure track) in Environmental Sensor Technology at Aarhus University

Published 12 Feb

Deadline 15 Apr

Expected start 1 Aug

  • Department of Biology - Microbiology Ny Munkegade 116 8000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time position ID: 2843

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The Department of Biology at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position as associate or tenure track assistant professor (depending on seniority) in environmental sensor technology.  The position is to be filled by 1 August 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

The position
The position will strengthen the work on development and application of environmental sensor technology at the Sensor Laboratory at Department of Biology. The Sensor Laboratory, headed by Professor Niels Peter Revsbech, has for four decades developed sensors, primarily microsensors, for studying biologically mediated chemical transformations in aquatic environments. The appointed person should strengthen this research by (i) introducing new sensor-based methodologies enabling detection of more chemical species or improved detection/monitoring of important analytes, trace contaminants, microbes or virus, and/or (ii) applying sensors in aquatic systems to study chemical/biological transformations.

The appointee will be affiliated with Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology (WATEC, https://watec.au.dk/). WATEC is an interdisciplinary centre encompassing research in natural and man-made aquatic environments such as rivers/lakes and wastewater treatments plants. The member departments include Department of Engineering, Department of Geosciences, Department of Agrobiology, Department of Biology and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University. All departments are very well-equipped with basic and sophisticated analytical equipment.

The appointee is expected to collaborate with other staff members in the department and WATEC as well as across the university. Furthermore, the appointee must participate in the teaching at all levels and in the supervision of graduate students. There is a strong emphasis on group performance, and work will take place in shared laboratories and with shared technical staff. The working language at the department is English, but the appointee should be able to teach in Danish after 4 years of employment. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university services is an expected and integral part of all positions in the department.

The position is funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation and Aarhus University.  The Foundation also offers funding for a 4-year postdoc associated with the position, as well as support for travel, consumables, etc.

The candidate
We seek an internationally competitive researcher with an excellent academic track-record in sensor-development and/or sensor applications in aquatic systems to study chemical/biological transformations. Applicants must present their work plan and strategy for a research program on basic and applied perspectives. Moreover, the applicant must document good capabilities in dissemination and fundraising and excellent collaborative skills as demonstrated through a significant number of international publications. We also expect the candidate to have enthusiasm for teaching and supervising bachelor and graduate students.

In your application you are expected to:
  • present plans for relevant high-impact research on environmental sensors and their application
  • present plans for interaction with other WATEC researchers
  • indicate that you have a strong interest in application of sensors in diverse aquatic systems
  • document that you have conducted research at the highest international level
During your employment at AU you are expected to:
  • Develop new sensors for research and applied use in the water sector and/or conduct research on biological transformations in aquatic environments using sensors
  • Successfully attract external research grants from industry, national and international sources
  • Develop and contribute to relevant educational courses at the PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s level
  • Participate in supervision of Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD students, and postdocs
  • Establish synergies between your own research and other related research activities to secure the needed interdisciplinary approaches
  • Develop a strong national and international network of contacts with leading research groups, as well as pursuing industrial contacts
  • Contribute to the Department of Biology’s strategy and working environment
Qualifications
The following professional and personal qualifications are required:
  • PhD degree or equivalent qualifications
  • Documented research qualifications at a high level
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in teaching and supervision
  • Experience in communication of research to broader audiences;
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Ability to write and speak English fluently
Applicants should present their future research avenues and visions for building an independent research group, as well as how they plan to obtain funding. Qualifications in teaching will be evaluated, and the applicants are encouraged to describe which courses they would like to contribute to and develop in the future.

Working place
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Microbiology, Building 1540, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department conducts world-class research in the areas of Aquatic Biology and Ecology, Arctic Environment and Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Microbiology, and Zoophysiology. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with close to 500 students enrolled as well as a PhD program.
The appointed person will work in the Sensor Laboratory at the Section for Microbiology. The present staff in this laboratory include 1 professor, 1 assistant professor, 2 technicians, 2 postdocs, and 2 PhD students. The Section of Microbiology has 12 full-time full-, associate and assistant professors, 8 technicians, and a variable number of postdocs, Ph.D. and Master’s students. The daily working language in the section is English in a setting of about 10 nationalities and frequent seminars and social activities.
The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite. The department value diversity among the staff, and we welcome applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at https://international.au.dk/research/.  The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor Niels Peter Revsbech (head of WATEC): phone: +45 23382187, e-mail: revsbech@bios.au.dk. Information about the Department of Biology can be found at http://bios.au.dk/en/. For further information about WATEC visit http://watec.au.dk, and for information about Aarhus University in general visit  https://international.au.dk/
 
Natural Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Natural Sciences 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 Natural Sciences 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
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.

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.
 

Questions about the position?

Niels Peter Revsbech

Niels Peter Revsbech Professor, Department of Biology - Microbiology +4587156538 revsbech@bios.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593508874

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Deadline: Wednesday 15 Apr 2020 at 23:59 CEST