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Department of Geoscience

Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Quaternary Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology

Deadline 30 Jun

Expected start 1 Jan

  • Department of Geoscience Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2 8000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time position ID: 5662

The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship or Associate Professorship in Terrestrial Palaeoclimatology. We are searching for a highly qualified and motivated scientist in the field of Quaternary palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments.

The expected appointment start is 1 January 2022 or at the nearest possible date.

Department of Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff and has a strong research profile spanning a broad range of geological and geophysical disciplines including the study of Quaternary environmental change (palaeoceanography, landscape evolution, glacial geology, stratigraphy and geochronology). These fields are represented by several professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. students. The Department is well equipped for Quaternary climate and environmental research and teaching with infrastructure including sedimentological, micropalaeontological and geochemical laboratories, such as an HF-laboratory, class 100 metal-free clean-laboratory, LA-ICP-MS system, XRF core scanner, sediment corers, microscopes, OSL and TCN dating facilities. The Department also has strong links to other departments at Aarhus University, including Physics and Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Archaeology.


The ideal candidate must demonstrate interdisciplinary research experience in Quaternary terrestrial environmental change with a focus on palaeoclimatology and palaeoecology utilizing multiple proxy records from sedimentary and biogenic archives. A scientist with an interest in quantitative analyses of depositional systems deciphering environmental evolution will be preferred. Experience with lacustrine archives, geochemical/isotopic proxies, biological proxies, dating techniques, and the interactions between natural habitats and humans in the context of climate change is advantageous.

The candidate is expected to have a strong international research standing and a broad multidisciplinary research network. Their scientific profile will be reflected in relevant publications in prominent international peer-reviewed journals. Proven ability to attract external research funding and documented teaching skills are required.

The candidate will expand research collaborations at the highest international level following his/her scientific interests and priorities, and establish a vibrant research group utilizing external funding from national and international sources. The appointee will develop and teach courses and supervise students at all academic levels.

Application deadline

The application deadline is 30 June 2021.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from the Head of Department Professor Jan A. Piotrowski by e-mail: jan.piotrowski@geo.au.dk or phone +45 87156409.

Place of work

The place of work is Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

The place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University. The beautiful Aarhus University campus is located close to the downtown of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark with about 400 000 inhabitants. Aarhus has a lively and charming downtown close to the Aarhus Bay at the Baltic Sea. In Denmark access to schools, higher education, and health care are free. Generous parental agreements are available. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. 

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
  • promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • 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 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.

Ensuring gender balance at Department of Geoscience is a high priority at Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.

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?

Jan Piotrowski

Jan Piotrowski Head of Department, Department of Geoscience jan.piotrowski@geo.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593508538 Nat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk


Deadline: Wednesday 30 Jun 2021 at 23:59 CEST