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Are you interested in the development of digital technologies and strategies for sensing, data processing and interpretation, supporting operations management and intelligent operations, robotics and smart farming for the agri-food domain and as part of the Digital and Green Transition? Then the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark, offers a Senior Scientist position in this field.

Expected start date

Expected start date is November 1st, 2022.

Job description

The successful applicant will acquire, lead and contribute to a number of externally funded projects aiming at linking advanced information, sensing and communication technology with the management of innovative automation and smart processes, specifically planning, intelligent operations optimization, and system evaluation to improve sustainability of farming systems. The position includes contributing to the development of The Operations Management research group as well as generating ambitious research projects within this area. In addition, the position includes contributions to Public Sector Consultancy. The applicant should demonstrate the ability to perform research in an interdisciplinary field involving competences from agricultural science, operations management and computer engineering. Projects are typically carried out in collaboration with external partners including industry, business organizations and other universities in Denmark and abroad.

Your profile

  • The successful candidate should have competences within:
  • PhD degree in Computer Engineering/Data Science, specialized in the application of advanced data processing (e.g. AI)
  • Experience in academic leadership, excellent written/verbal communication and a strong record of professional/scholarly achievements
  • Applicants should in addition to a PhD degree have at least 5 years of post-graduate research and publication experience
  • Research leadership and ability to define and manage research projects is expected, as is a successful record of external research funding.
  • The successful candidate must show evidence of a productive publication record.
  • Participation in international and national networks of researchers as well as international project applications.
  • Experience and knowledge of research-based advisory services

Who we are

The successful candidate is employed in the Section of Communication, Control and Automation, which is a part of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Researchers in the section develop Control Engineering, Network Computing, Communications and Storage, Networks and Analytics, and Operations Management. The research activities contribute to application of innovative technologies in various domains (e.g. Agri-food) and contribute to improved management and sustainability of production systems. The work involves knowledge of computer engineering, data analytics, modelling, and transformations in natural and engineered ecosystems.

What we offer

The department 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 position includes two permanent workplace addresses in Aarhus and Viborg, respectively. The attendance at each workplace address is by agreement with your immediate supervisor. At the time of employment, the distribution between the workplace addresses is expected to be 1 day with place of employment in Aarhus and 4 days with place of employment in Viborg. In Aarhus the place of work is Finlandsgade 10, 8200 Aarhus. In Viborg, the place of work is Blichers Alle 20, 8800 Viborg. The area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Prof. Claus G. Sørensen, +4522827547,


Applications must be received no later than 15 August 2022.
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 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.

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.

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.

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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