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The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section (BCE) at Department of Engineering ( and the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO) at Aarhus University invites applications for two full professors in biorefinery. One full professor in “green biorefinery technology”, and one full professor in “general biorefinery”.
CBIO is a cross departmental center at the Faculty of Science and Technology. The center includes departments­­­ of Animal Science, Agroecology, Bioscience, Food, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Engineering. CBIO focus on applied research in circular bioeconomy (
The University follows an ambitious strategic investment plan to significantly increase activities within research and education in biorefinery. The vision is to bring AU into the global biorefinery engineering elite. Aarhus University therefore seek exceptionally innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up and to strengthen and develop ENG-BCE and CBIO at Aarhus University. The positions are affiliated to Department of Engineering and are available as soon as possible.

Biorefinery at ENG-BCE and CBIO 
BCE and CBIO have, in combination, a strong research expertise within biorefinery, including biomass primary production (Department of Agroecology and Bioscience), biorefinery technology (Department of Engineering and Chemistry), food and feed processing and quality (Department of Animal Science and Food) as well as aggregated environmental and socioeconomic impacts (Department of Environmental Science).
The advertised professorships must support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current range of strong competences within the following key disciplines:

  1. Green biorefinery technology: The professorship in green biorefinery technology relates specifically to the establishment of a green biorefinery R&D platform at Aarhus University, with particular focus on development of processes and process technology to maximize the value of fresh green biomass. The existing green biorefinery platform has particular focus on protein extraction and processing, but it is the ambition to expand the research and technology development to include all aspects of green biorefinery technology, taking into account all fractions of fresh green biomass such as sugars, fibers, high value molecules etc.
  2. General biorefinery: The professorship in general biorefinery should focus on strengthening and extending a general biorefinery platform with a broad focus on side streams from conventional agriculture (both sugar and lignocellulose platform), waste streams from agriculture and other industrial and household organic waste streams, including waste water treatment sludge. The professorship can have main focus on either Biotechnology or Chemical engineering in biorefinery. Research including process development, process design and process upscaling including downstream processing is critical for the successful professorship. The Department of Engineering already has advanced research facilities at pilot scale (including anaerobic digestion, HTL technology, methanation technologies and various substrate pretreatments), and the professor in general biorefinery is expected to undertake some organization and coordination of all biorefinery activities within the Department of Engineering.

For each of these positions, it is crucial that candidates hold a deep understanding of real-world systems and relevant application domains such as food, feed, bulk chemicals, materials and higher value molecules.

The candidates are expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy and Department of Engineering as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential.

The candidates must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Relevant industrial R&D experience is considered highly positive. Candidates must, relative to their career stage, have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, a record of sustained external funding, with concomitant nationally or internationally recognized leadership in their field.
The candidates are expected to be able to drive the build-up of internationally competitive research activities, and/or contribute to strengthening the current research activities. Commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including existing courses and development of new courses, is expected.

Your application must contain a CV including research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Also, a teaching plan/statement and a research plan (length of 2-3 pages each, including your planned future teaching and research directions) are required. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly. Finally, you must indicate the discipline that you are applying for (green biorefinery or general biorefinery).

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Science and Technology, Hangøvej 2, DK-8200 Aarhus N. and Blichers Allé 20, Foulum, DK-8830 Tjele.

Full professor
Qualifications for the full professor level at Aarhus University include a strong academic background, documented 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.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of the BCE Section Lars DM Ottosen,, Head of Department of Engineering Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard,, or Head of CBIO Uffe Jørgensen,

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 rangeScience 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.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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