The department invites applications from candidates that are driven by excellence in research and teaching as well as external collaboration on societal challenges for a position as Assistant Professor (tenure track)/Associate Professor in the area of Control and Automation.

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 position is open from June 1st, 2023.

Job description
The Assistant Professor (tenure track) /Associate Professor will focus on the research areas of Communications, Networking, and Control and Automation – for example focusing on Semantic Communications, Data Compression, In-Network Processing, Edge/Cloud Computing and Task Offloading, Haptic Systems and Control, Networked Control Systems, Optimization, Robotics.

The ability to deploy and demonstrate theoretical designs in real systems is highly desired. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the Section of Communications, Control and Automation and the Department as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential.

The position is available from June 2023 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.

The announced position will support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current strong competences in ECE, and thereby supporting technologies like low latency communications, haptic technology, Edge/Cloud resource allocation, In-Network processing, networked control systems, and networks of autonomous agents.

Applicant profile
Successful candidates must have a PhD in Electrical and 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 and contribute to strengthening the current research activities of the Department. Commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including existing courses and development of new courses, is required and expected.

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.

Many of our research and development activities are based on the specific innovation needs or specialist application areas of specific companies. We collaborate closely with the public sector and private companies to ensure that the knowledge and technology generated in the department’s research environments has a clear anchoring in reality and benefits society as a whole.

Ensuring gender balance at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a high priority at Aarhus University, and therefore, we particularly encourage woman 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/

The Section for Communications, Control and Automation at the Department brings together researchers from communications, networking, analytics and learning, operations managements and control for solving challenges in these individual areas as well as in connection to inter-disciplinary challenges and application fields, e.g., space and satellite systems, haptic systems, smart farming, digitalization of water systems, drone technology and cooperation.

Research areas at the department
Electrical and computer engineering are closely related technical science disciplines focusing on research into hardware and software technologies. We focus on research and development activities in the fields of communication and networks, control and automation, photonics, signal processing, software and IT systems, robot technology, medical technology, health technology, electrical energy technology, and acoustics and sound technology.

The department wish to build a research and study environment with equality and diversity as a core value for recruitment as well as for 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 Communications, Control and Automation Daniel Enrique Lucani Rötter, daniel.lucani@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.

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