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The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University has a number of open positions as Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor at the Section of Mechanical Engineering. The University seeks innovative and visionary engineers/researchers capable of developing the research in Mechanical Engineering.

The positions are available from January 1, 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Research focus
Successful candidates are expected to develop strong and visible research programs in mechanical engineering and education on an international level. Candidates in all fields of mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply. In particular, we seek candidates who have an interdisciplinary reach in their research and who can strengthen our already existing research areas: Mechanics and Physics of Solids; Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer; Robotics and Machine Dynamics; and Energy Systems and Thermodynamics.

To be successful in this role, we expect the candidates to fulfill the following requirements:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or in relevant subject areas (e.g. other Engineering fields, Physics, and Applied Mathematics).
  • A strong research track record and high-quality publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • The candidates are expected to demonstrate in the research portfolio how they envision contributing and strengthening current research activities in the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University.
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership in driving the continued build-up of internationally competitive research groups.
  • The candidates are expected to be able to compete for national and international research grants and to make important research contributions within the field of mechanical engineering. Experience in obtaining external research grants is desirable, especially for Associate Professor level.
  • We seek applicants who excel in both teaching and research.
  • Industrial R&D cooperation.
  • The ability to bring research results into the public domain is necessary, and strong communication skills (in English or Danish) are a clear advantage.

The engineering field in Aarhus University is changing with a rapid growth in student population, major research initiatives as well as through the establishment of a number of new physical facilities in the city center of Aarhus. We have ambitious plans on increased activities in research, education as well as public and industrial cooperation. The Mechanical Engineering Section within the Department of Engineering has cooperation with universities and advisory service providers in more than 20 countries. The engineering field at Aarhus University is well established with extensive research activities, approximately 400 mechanical engineering students and a long tradition of industrial cooperation that we wish to extend significantly.

The candidate is required to teach relevant courses in the Engineering educational program, and the candidate is encouraged to establish new, specialized courses within mentioned fields at the B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. levels of the Mechanical Engineering program.

Tenure Track Program at Aarhus University:
Aarhus University offers talented scientists an attractive career perspective via the Tenure Track Program. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of up to 6 years with the prospect of a performance-based advancement to a tenured position as Associate Professor. As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Program, the University carries out a mid-term evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. If the final 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 process.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Faculty of Technical Sciences and the place of work is Department of Engineering, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Application material:
A letter of intent for the position - it should be indicated in the application letter whether a position as assistant or associate professor is applied for. Your application must contain a complete CV including research activities, industrial R&D cooperation experience, a complete publication list as well as your leadership, teaching and fundraising experience. A personal strategic research agenda should also be included. A list of at least three references.
Deadline for applications is November 1, 2019.

Further information
For more information about the positions contact Henrik Myhre Jensen (hmj@eng.au.dk / +45 4189 3215) or Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard (tst@eng.au.dk / +45 2137 9470). 
 

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as [Assistant Professors /or Researcher] for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured [Associate Professorship/position as Senior Researcher].

The aim of the Science and Technology 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/Senior Researcher 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
Science 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.

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.

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