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Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor / Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at Aarhus University, Denmark

Deadline 14 Dec 23:59 CET

Expected start 1 Apr

  • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - BiRC - Bioinformatics Research Center Universitetsbyen 81 8000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time position ID: 13195

A position as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Bioinformatics is available from 1 April, 2024, at the Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC), Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark.

The deadline for receipt of all applications is 14 December, 2023.

The position

We seek an internationally recognized researcher in bioinformatics. We welcome applicants within all areas of bioinformatics with a strong focus on development of computational and statistical methods. The applicant must have earned a PhD degree and have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship within the field of interest.

As an assistant professor in a tenure track position, the candidate is expected to develop a strong and competitive research program and will be offered local mentoring during the tenure track period. Start-up funds to establish a competitive research program are negotiable. In case of more senior applicants, a position as associate professor will be considered.

The successful candidate is expected to establish his or her own research team and profile, deliver innovative research of the highest international standard, participate actively in collaborations with other researchers at BiRC and Aarhus University, contribute to teaching and supervision of students, and obtain competitive research funding from external funding bodies.

Who we are

BiRC is an interdisciplinary research centre that employs about 40 researchers and PhD students as an independent section of The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. The research at BiRC spans major areas of bioinformatics, and BiRC is involved in teaching and supervision of students on all levels from BSc to PhD. In particular, BiRC is responsible for the Master's program in Bioinformatics. Please refer to https://birc.au.dk/ and https://mbg.au.dk/ for further information about BiRC and MBG, and to https://nat.au.dk/ and https://www.au.dk/ for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

What we offer

The department offers:
  • well-developed research infrastructure and computational infrastructure at BiRC.
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators.
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.


The application must be in English and include:
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a degree certificate;
  • a complete list of publications;
  • information about current research activities and a statement of future research plans;
  • a teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching;
  • a description of any participation in committees and administrative forums;
  • a minimum of three references: name and contact information.

Working place

The place of employment is Aarhus University, Bioinformatics Research Centre, Universitetsbyen 81, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information

For more information please contact Head of Department (MBG) Erik Østergaard Jensen or Head of Section (BIRC) Christian Storm Pedersen.
Phone number: +45 2899 2567
Email: eoj@mbg.au.dk


Application deadline 14 December 2023

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.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

At the Faculty of Natural Science at Aarhus University, we strive to support our scientific staff in their career development. We focus on competency development and career clarification and want to make your opportunities transparent. On our website, you can find information on all types of scientific positions, as well as the entry criteria we use when assessing candidates. You can also read more about how we can assist you in your career planning and development.

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?

Erik Østergaard Jensen

Erik Østergaard Jensen Head of Department, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics +4528992567 eoj@mbg.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593521026 nat-tech.HR.team1@au.dk


Deadline: Thursday 14 Dec 2023 at 23:59 CET

38,000 students

including PhD students

8,300 employees

calculated in man-years

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in turnover