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Assistant Professors (tenure track) / Associate Professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Engineering (ENG), Aarhus University (AU) invites applications for a number of positions as assistant professors (tenure track) or associate professors in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

The University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 2025-year recruitment plan to increase its activities significantly within research and education in the engineering sciences with the vision of bringing AU into the global engineering elite. In addition, AU is investing in a new Centre for Digitalisation, Big Data and Data Analytics called DIGIT (see Therefore, the University seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop ECE at Aarhus University.

The positions are available from January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Responsibilities include developing an innovative strategic research agenda together with colleagues and external partners, nurturing and leading excellent research activities, contributing to an inspiring and industrially relevant education at undergraduate and graduate levels and expanding industrial collaboration.

These positions will support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current range of strong competences in ECE within the following key disciplines and thereby supporting technologies like Internet of Things, 5G, Nano satellites, Artificial Intelligence, Block chains, Digital Twins, Cloud Computing, Quantum Computing, Brain Computing, Robotics and Digital Manufacturing:

The positions are sought in the research areas of - with focus on the sub-disciplines mentioned but not limited to:

Software and Computing Systems

  • Embedded systems/Cyber-Physical Systems - for example focusing on real-time, hw/sw co-design, reconfigurable computing, optimization, real-time operating systems, digital twins, design, analysis, safety and testing.
  • Systems and Software engineering - well-founded methods and tools for the construction and testing of the software artefacts inside software-intensive systems.

Communications and Networks

  • Communications technology - for example focusing on communication fundamentals, protocols, information theory, and algorithms for distributed and secure communications systems, as e.g. distributed ledger technology.
  • Wireless communication - for example focusing on, wireless communication theory, system design, and ultra-reliable, low latency and high bandwidth communication.

Signal Processing

  • Machine Learning - deep learning in general, deep reinforcement learning, deep generative model learning, semi-supervised learning e.g. to be applied in Remote sensing, Computer Vision, Bioscience, Geophysics, and Robotics will receive high priority.
  • Time-series analysis - sensor time-series processing and analysis, source separation, signal caption e.g. to be applied within high-resolution functional modalities such as EEG, MEG and LFP will receive high priority.

Control and Automation

  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics - for example focusing on design, modelling and analysis of dynamic systems taking perception, planning, and control into account within applications like autonomous vehicles, industrial robots, service and social robots.


  • Digital Circuits and Systems - focusing on topics like VLSI (FPGA/ASIC) for system-on-a-chip (SoC), network-on-a-chip, architectures for high-performance /future computing paradigms, control or high-speed/bandwidth communication.
  • Analog Electronics - for example focusing on analog design in CMOS technology and beyond for high-performance low-power analog-to-digital conversion, low-power instrumentation for various sensors, and new paradigms in analog computing.
  • Power Electronics - for example focusing on circuit topologies for switch-mode power supplies and converters, or optimization with respect to thermal design, EMC, electricity grid compliance, miniaturization, cost and reliability.
  • RF Circuits and Systems - for example focusing on low-power RF system design, antenna design, and miniaturized devices.


  • Photonic technologies - for fields like microwave and terahertz photonics, (biomedical) sensors, communications, computing, and quantum technology, using technologies like photonic integration and fiber optics.

For each of the positions it is crucial that candidates hold a deep understanding of real-world systems and application domains such as (but not limited to) energy, healthcare, agriculture and industrial control.

The positions will be anchored in the department’s ECE section, and the candidates are expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the section and department as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential.

Successful candidates must have a PhD in electrical/computer engineering, or a closely related field. The candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and must be proficient in written and spoken Danish, or demonstrate a willingness to learn Danish within a 3-4 year period. Relevant industrial R&D experience is an asset. Further expectations for the various levels of appointment are:

Assistant Professor: Candidates must demonstrate potential for outstanding research and teaching. Postdoctoral training or similar is required.

Associate Professor: Candidates must have an outstanding record of research accomplishment, an established record of external funding (is preferred), and concomitant strong evidence of emerging leadership in their field.

In both cases, candidates are expected to be able to drive the build-up of internationally competitive research activities (group), 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 required and expected.

Your application must be in English and include a CV including research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. In addition, 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 level (assistant professor or associate professor) and discipline that you are applying for in your application. All applications must be made online.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N., Denmark.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of the ECE Section Jens Kargaard Madsen, or Head of Department of Engineering Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard,

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.

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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