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Tenure Track Assistant Professor -Atmospheric and Climate Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry

Aarhus C, Aarhus (DK)
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

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Field of specialization
Green Chemistry
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

Applications are invited for a position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry ( The opening is broadly in the field of atmospheric and climate chemistry, including areas such as physical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and photochemistry and -physics. The position is affiliated with the newly funded Center of Excellence, Center for Chemistry of Clouds (C3), and the candidate should complement other researchers in C3 (New Center of Excellence to reveal the secrets of clouds). The intended start is April 2023 or as soon as possible.  

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading European chemistry departments with a broad research portfolio. It has a permanent staff of ~35 full, associate and assistant professors, a support-staff of ~30 people, ~100 PhD-students and ~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 direct and develop research and teaching activities in atmospheric and climate chemistry. The ideal candidate has a track record and core expertise in experimental atmospheric and climate chemistry and aims to conduct focused research activities e.g. in relation to atmospheric aerosols, cloud formation, aerosol optical properties, photo-induced processes of aerosols, or the climate effects of the interaction of aerosols and radiation.

The candidate is expected to build an independent research group and conduct an active internationally recognized research program, and to attract external funding.

Applicants for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position will be required to demonstrate potential for high quality research and teaching. International experience and extensive postdoctoral training is expected (see below for tenure-track program).

Interest and competences in teaching chemistry at all levels of university education is essential. Accordingly, a suitable candidate is able to teach introductory chemistry courses as well as undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the field of physical chemistry, atmospheric and climate chemistry. We offer didactics course to applicants who have not yet fulfilled such requirements. Teaching can be in Danish and English, depending on the course. Danish courses are offered by the University and a suitable non-Danish speaking candidate will be expected to learn Danish within the tenure track period.

We expect our new colleague to value and participate in the general academic work at the Department of Chemistry. This includes serving on committees, organizing department related events and participating in recruitment and outreach activities. The Department has a culture of faculty members helping with and giving feedback to colleagues for example in relation to applications for external funding. We share equipment, and all faculty members are expected to be involved in securing state-of-the-art facilities.

Applicants that will help the Department reach our strategic goals (e.g. improving diversity, research in green transition, climate change and improved future health) or have secured funding covering own salary for a period of a few years will be prioritized.

For further information on the position, please contact Head of Search committee Professor Merete Bilde ( or Head of Department of Chemistry Birgit Schiøtt (

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, and our strategy includes ways to improve overall diversity of the faculty and move towards research for the green transition, improve digitalization skills of graduates and research for improved future health and climate. It is a priority that the successful candidate has a personality that promotes positive interactions with students and staff, as well as being a good colleague in general. Together, we define the future of the Department of Chemistry, 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 of Chemistry 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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here:

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, surrounding beautiful nature, a lively city due to the “young population”, and many cultural events including music festivals. etc. See e.g. the recent recommendation by CNN ( 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 divisions for the traditional natural sciences, business, social sciences, arts, and environmental and agricultural sciences.

Natural Sciences Tenure Track

Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Natural 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 Natural 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

Natural 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.

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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