The Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark invites you to apply for a four-year position as Assistant professor. 

Expected start date and duration of employment
This is a four–year position from May 1st, 2023 

Job description
The available position is cross-disciplinary within (environmental) analytical chemistry, non-targeted analysis and toxicology. The Assistant professor will be forming his/her own research program in non-target metabolomics and environmental toxicology and collaborate across the department with the focus of building a strong platform for science based advisory work to relevant stakeholders. The assistant professor will be involved in mentoring master and PhD students as well as postdocs at the Department.

The assistant professor will work with topics such as:

  • establishing and responsible for a novel mass spectrometry imaging platform
  • holistic non-target analysis, metabolomics and lipidomics and their application in discovering new ways to study environmental toxicology

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in environmental toxicology and chemistry or similar. The preferred candidate should have a track-record for obtaining external funding for his/her own research.

The ideal candidate should have a sound foundation in toxicology, analytical chemistry and molecular biology and research experience as well as a good publication record in environmental toxicology and chemistry. Experience with high resolution mass spectrometry and advanced data analysis e.g. large untargeted metabolomic or transcriptomic datasets is an advantage. 

Excellent collaboration, management and communication skills are a requirement. 

Who we are
Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from social science, geography, economics and policy analysis to mathematical modelling, physics, chemistry, toxicology, and microbiology. Both pure and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services and climate change. Research based advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders and central to the Department economy. Currently, about 150 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at http://www.envs.au.dk.

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology. The section conducts research and research-based advisory services targeted towards an understanding of the transport and fate of organic pollutants in the environment, and towards an understanding of the links between environmental chemistry, toxicology and human exposure. This includes tools to both identify and quantify impacts, which can act as indicators of emerging problems. The aim is to provide the highest capability in Denmark for assessing risks associated with the distribution and fate of organic pollutants in the environment. 

The Assistant professor will further be anchored in the Environmental Metabolomics lab. The lab conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of environmental chemistry, biology, computational chemistry and analytical chemistry, and is based on state-of-the-art mass spectrometry for targeted and non-targeted analysis for metabolome, exposome and proteome characterizations. 

What we offer 
The department and laboratory offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment 
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance. 

Place of work and area of employment 
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, RISØ Campus, in Roskilde, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde (www.roskilde.dk) is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

Contact information
For further information, please contact: Associate professor, Martin Hansen, +45 5176 7058, research leader of the Environmental metabolomics lab, martin.hansen@envs.au.dk or Head of Section, Pia Lassen, pla@envs.au.dk.

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
Technical 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.

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.

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