Professor within bioanalytical chemistry, chemical biology and forensic chemistry 1014897

Department of Forensic Medicine, Section for Forensic Chemistry, Aarhus University
Aarhus, Midtjylland (DK)
Nov 19, 2018
Dec 15, 2018
Field of specialization
Analytical, Biochemical, Biological
Job Type
Full time

Aarhus University, Health, Department of Forensic Medicine, Section for Forensic Chemistry invites applications for a position as Professor. 

The Department of Forensic Medicine is seeking an outstanding scientist for a new position as professor at the Section for Forensic Chemistry. The candidate is expected to establish his/her own research group within bioanalytical chemistry as applied to human disease (medicinal chemistry) and forensically relevant questions.
The research group will be an integrated part of the Bioanalytical Unit, which is a research and development entity at the departments Section for Forensic Chemistry. The department houses top-facilities including labs 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 successful candidate
The candidate should be an ambitious researcher with original and long-term research visions within bioanalytical chemistry, targeting problems of medicinal and forensic interest. It would be desirable that the candidate could develop further the forensic chemical expertise already available at the department.

The candidate will 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. The professor is expected to build a research group mainly financed from external sources. Aarhus University offers professional and administrative support to applications for external funding from e.g. EU, and national public and private funding agencies. for external candidates, an attractive starting package can be negotiated.

Candidates must hold the following qualifications:

  • Academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as associate professor or professor
  • 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

You can find the criteria for the position at  

The Department
The Department of Forensic Medicine is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Aarhus University and currently employs 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 consist 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  

Required qualifications
In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on the extent, quality and originality of the applicants body of international scientific publications, including contributions to further developing the subject area in question. Moreover, an assessment will be made of the applicants research management abilities.

Formalities and references


Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications as well as a teaching portfolio. Template for applicant - professor must be completed and uploaded under Other information to consider. A maximum of ten of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted.

Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the facultys Guidelines for applicants and Aarhus Universitys 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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All applications must be made online and received by 15 December 2018.


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