Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Sustainable Catalysis

Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC), Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Aarhus C, Aarhus (DK)
Sep 30, 2019
Oct 27, 2019
Job Type
Full time

Applications are invited for a position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry (chem.au.dk) and affiliated with the Danish National Research Center, the Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC). The opening is in the field of sustainable catalysis in synthetic organic chemistry, including areas such as single atom catalysis, molecular electrocatalysis, and homogeneous catalysis. The intended start is spring 2020 or as soon as possible. The place of work is Department of Chemistry, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading European chemistry departments with a broad research program. It has a permanent staff of ~30 full, associate and assistant professors, a support-staff of ~30 people, ~100 PhD students, ~50 postdocs and around 400 students. In addition to excellence in research, teaching and supervision, the Department of Chemistry values equal opportunities, a collegial atmosphere, and a student-friendly mindset of future colleagues.

The Department of Chemistry seeks to strengthen its program by appointing a Tenure Track Assistant Professor to lead and develop research and teaching activities in sustainable catalysis. The ideal candidate has a track record and expertise in the application of catalytic techniques to promote synthetic organic chemistry. The candidate is expected to build an independent research group and conduct an active research program, which is internationally recognised.
Applicants for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position must be able to demonstrate potential for excellent research and teaching. Extensive postdoctoral training (minimum 2 years) or similar is expected (see below for tenure-track program).
Interest and competences in teaching chemistry at all levels of university education is essential. Accordingly, the successful candidate is able to teach introductory chemistry courses as well as undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the field of organic and/or catalytic chemistry. Teaching can be in Danish and English, depending on the course. We offer didactics courses to applicants who have not yet fulfilled such requirements.

We expect our new colleague to value and participate in the general academic work at the Department of Chemistry. This includes serving on committees, solving tasks with colleagues, helping with and giving feedback to colleagues etc. Similarly, the colleagues may help you as well, for example in relation to applications for external funding.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a description of previous funding, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and information on previous teaching experience.
Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar, Scopus and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record.

CADIAC is a Center of Excellence at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University with laboratories located at the Department of Chemistry and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center. The aim of CADIAC is to identify new chemical sciences and technologies for CO2 valorization through a multifaceted research endeavor merging solid nanoscience and chemistry competences in homogeneous transition‑metal catalysis, surface chemistry, electrochemistry, and hybrid organic/inorganic materials.

For further information on the position, please contact CADIAC Center leader Troels Skrydstrup (ts@chem.au.dk), head of search committee Kim Daasbjerg (kdaa@chem.au.dk), or Head of Department of Chemistry Birgit Schiøtt (birgit@chem.au.dk).
Deadline: All applications must be made online and received by: October 27st, 2019.
Interviews are expected to be held early 2020.

Work and life in Denmark and Aarhus
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. We see diversity as a strength. It is a priority that the successful candidate has a personality supporting positive interactions with students and all types of staff, as well as being a good colleague in general. Together, we define the future of the department, both scientifically and with respect to thriving in our day-to-day work.

Working in Denmark offers opportunities for a good work-life balance. In Denmark there is a system of guaranteed and affordable daycare.  Education is free including universities. English is widely spoken, though Danish is the common language off campus. A fraction of the courses at the Department is given in English. The majority of BSc and MSc thesis works are written in English, as are all phd theses. We offer free Danish courses and exams.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/

Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, and forms the center of the western parts of the country on the Jutland peninsula. It is situated beautifully at the Aarhus Bay near Mols National Park and the Lake District around Silkeborg. Recently, Aarhus has attracted international attention as a travel destination due to its unique combination of a thriving food-scene, high-quality museums, a surrounding beautiful nature, a very lively city due to the “young population”, many cultural events including music festivals etc. See e.g. the recent recommendation by CNN (https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/aarhus-denmark-things-to-do/index.html). Aarhus is easily reached through local international airports in Jutland within 1 hour of Aarhus, or through either Copenhagen or Hamburg Airports, both situated about a 3-hour train-journey from Aarhus.

Aarhus University is consistently ranked as a top-100 university in the World and it houses both an engineering and a medical school, as well as the traditional sciences, social sciences, environmental & agricultural sciences and arts.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology 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 Science and Technology 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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.   Deadline 27 October 2019


Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/