Assistant professor or associate professor within bioanalytical chemistry (918303)

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The Bioanalytical Research Group (Bioanalytical Unit) at the Department of Forensic Medicine is seeking an outstanding scientist for a new full-time position as assistant professor (four year period) or associate professor (five year period). The position is vacant as soon as possible or by agreement. After the temporary period of employment, there is a possibility of subsequent permanent employment as associate professor. The candidate is expected to establish his/her own research group within bioanalytical chemistry as applied to human disease (medicinal chemistry/ toxicology) and/or forensically relevant questions. 

The research group will be an integrated part of the Bioanalytical Unit, which is a research and development entity at the department’s Section for Forensic Chemistry. The department houses top-facilities and research environment for conducting both quantitative as well as qualitative analysis of small molecules i.e. endogenous or drugs/ medicinal compounds in biological matrices. Moreover, labs are available for conducting cell and molecular biology based experiments. Currently, the Bioanalytical Unit is active within drug and metabolite quantification and profiling (metabolomics), drug and metabolite toxicology, chemo-proteomics and small molecule screening mostly applied to forensically or human disease/aging related research questions. Find more information on our website

The candidate should be an ambitious researcher with original and long-term research visions within bioanalytical chemistry, targeting problems of human disease and/or unmet needs within forensic science. It would be desirable that the candidate could support or further develop the expertise already available at the department. The candidate is expected to raise additional funding from external sources (EU, national public and private funding agencies, industrial collaborations), but will receive an attractive start-package and have access to excellent research facilities and infrastructure for conducting both LC-MS/MS and LC-qTOFMS analysis as well as laboratories for supporting molecular biology studies.

Candidates must hold the following qualifications:
• Appointment as assistant professor requires a PhD degree or equivalent as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as researcher or postdoc. Appointment as an associate professor furthermore requires research and teaching qualifications at such level as can be attained following a satisfactory period of appointment as an assistant professor, but which could also be achieved otherwise. It is assumed that applicants for the associate professorship have received supervision and training in university education and have received a positive written assessment of their teaching qualifications
• Strong background and track record within the field of research
• Demonstrated ability to publish in major research journals and to disseminate research at conferences
• Demonstrated ability to raise funding for research purposes
• International experience (e.g. post graduate stays at well reputed research institutions)
• Capable of working in an interdisciplinary environment
• Be fluent in written and spoken English

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:
• Significant research output in internationally recognized journals and at conferences within the suggested field of research
• Originality and long term vision of proposed research plans
• Proven success in attracting external funding
• Outreach and networking capabilities
• Proven track record of supervision of PhD students
• Experience with teaching at academic level

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact professor MSO and Head of Section of Forensic Chemistry, Mogens Johannsen (+45 8716 8332) or Head of Department, Christian Lindholst (+45 8716 8331).

About Department of Forensic Medicine
Department of Forensic Medicine is part of the Faculty of Health at Aarhus University. The department currently has 70 employees of whom 35 has an academic background and 8 are in permanent academic positions. The department’s mission is to contribute to the prevention of crime, accidents, premature death and suicide through research, education and forensic investigation. As an employee at the department, you are expected to contribute to this goal. 

The department consists of two sections doing commissioned work for the Danish National Police. Section for Forensic Chemistry conducting quantitative and screening analysis for illegal and legal drugs and their metabolites in human biological samples as well as non-biological samples (police seizures). Section for Forensic Pathology and Clinical Forensic Science conducting autopsies, crime scene investigations and clinical forensic examinations.

Both sections are accredited to either ISO17025 or ISO17020 quality standards. Apart from the commissioned work, the department has three research units focused on bioanalytical chemistry, forensic imaging and clinical forensic medicine.

Read more about the three research units at the department website
Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time and the position which is applied for (assistant or associate professor). Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of e.g. maternal leave without research activities. These periods will be subtracted from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. You must furthermore clearly state in your application which position you are applying for.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here (

Formalities and references

  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (in Danish).


    Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications, a research plan as well as a teaching portfolio. A maximum of ten of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted. If you have an assessment within the same job title (completed after March 1, 2016 at AU, Health), then this can be attached to the application.

    Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants and Aarhus University’s Guidelines on the use of teaching portfolios.

    The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its assessment. In such cases, the applicant will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless the application is withdrawn.

    Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form below or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


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