Biomedical Engineering – Assistant Professor (tenure track) / Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Aarhus University (AU) invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor (tenure track)/Associate Professor in the area of Biomedical Engineering. The University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 10-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. As of 1 January 2021, ECE became a department within the Faculty of Technical Sciences to further reinforce its growth strategy. 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 section for Biomedical Engineering currently covers research areas within Neurotechnology, Cardiovascular Technology, Biomedical and Pervasive Systems, and Integrated Photonics. Besides national and international collaborators we have a close collaboration to the Faculty of Health and the Aarhus University Hospital.
The Biomedical Engineering Section also directs our bachelor of engineering program in Healthcare Technology as well as our master of science program in Biomedical Engineering.

The position is open from June 1st, 2023.

Job description
The Assistant/Associate Professor position is expected to engage in independent research within the section for Biomedical Engineering, and encouraged to establish a research group based on external funding. Moreover, teaching classes (both existing or development of new) in our educational programs at both undergraduate and graduate level, as well as supervising bachelor’s or master’s thesis students is expected. The job will provide an academic position within a flourishing interdisciplinary arena, in a competence rich environment with ambitious and helpful colleagues.

Applicant profile
Artificial intelligence is a disruptive technology in medical imaging bearing a huge clinical potential. To expand the sections activity within this area a candidate is sought who has a strong profile in artificial intelligence and machine learning/deep learning applied in the domain of medical imaging for e.g. image optimization, image reconstruction, and image segmentation. The activities will naturally call for local collaboration both within our department and at Aarhus University Hospital housing various world class medical imaging modalities and clinical experts.

Successful candidates must have a relevant PhD and postdoctoral training or similar is required. The candidates must have excellent communication skills. It is a prerequisite that applicants can teach and supervise students in English. For non-Danish speaking applicants, it is further expected to develop Danish language skills over a five-year period, to a level where the applicant can teach classes and supervise students in Danish.
The applicant should naturally have the motivation for building relationships and contribute positively to the social working environment.

About the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of four engineering departments at the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University.

Our vision is to be a world-leading department for research, education and innovation in electrical and computer engineering, creating a positive and visible impact on society and the environment through interdisciplinary collaboration, excellence and diversity.

Our research and development activities are in general focused towards applied research. However, especially in the experimental arena, we also engage in more basic research to achieve our goals. The research activities at the department therefore covers a broad range of technology readiness level.
We collaborate closely with public institutions like hospitals and other universities as well as private companies to enhance and ensure the societal and industrial impact of our research.

Ensuring gender balance at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a high priority at Aarhus University, and therefore, 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.

For more information about the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, please visit https://ece.au.dk/

See more about our activities on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/au-ece/

Read more about the section for Biomedical Engineering.

Research areas at the department
Besides biomedical engineering we cover research and development activities at the department within signal processing and machine learning, integrated circuit technology, acoustics, communication and networks, control and automation, photonics, software and IT systems, robot technology, and electrical energy technology.
At the department we wish to build a research and study environment with equality and diversity as a core value for recruitment and for the daily study and work life.

Visit our Job and Career webpage to discover more about ECE.

The benefits of working in Denmark
Denmark as a country offers the opportunity to pursue a career without compromising your family life and in general work-life balance in Denmark are among the best in Europe. In addition, Denmark is a safe place to live with a very low crime rate and is in general secure and equal. The Danish society builds on a welfare system which means your taxes goes into welfare services such as free healthcare and education. Taxes in Denmark are high but international academic staff members can, under certain conditions, benefit from a special tax scheme to further improve working conditions. On top of this collective agreements guarantee you a safe workplace, fair wages, pay during sickness, paid paternity/-maternity leave, flexible workhours and much more.

If you want to know more about the Danish way of life please visit: Life in Denmark.
You can also contact our International Staff Office.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Contact information
For more information, please contact Head of Section of Biomedical Engineering Peter Johansen, pj@ece.au.dk or Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mikael Bergholz Knudsen, mbk@ece.au.dk.  

Deadline
Applications must be received no later than 8 December 2022.

Technical Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical 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.

The aim of the Technical Sciences 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 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
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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