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Assistant Professor (tenure track) / Associate Professor in Synthetic Biology
Aarhus University

Date Posted Jun. 19, 2020
Title Assistant Professor (tenure track) / Associate Professor in Synthetic Biology
University Aarhus University
Aarhus, Denmark
Department The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section (BCE) at Department of Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 15, 2020
Position Start Date Nov. 1, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Food Sciences/Technology/Toxicology
    Chemistry - Biochemistry
    Biology - Microbiology
    Biology - Cell Biology
    Biology - Biochemistry

The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section (BCE) at Department of Engineering ( Aarhus University, invites applications for assistant professor (tenure track) or associate professor in Synthetic Biology.

The University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 5-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. Therefore, the University seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop BCE at Aarhus University.

The position is available from 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Engineering and the research unit of Biotechnology
The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section has strong biotechnology research areas within medical and industrial biotechnology, process engineering, industrial microbiology, immunology, protein and lipid biotechnology, and modelling of biological processes. Close collaboration with the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNano, Biosciences, Food, Agroecology and Chemistry is a natural part of our culture. The successful applicant will be working with Biotechnology and will produce and disseminate knowledge and research results about the biological basis of relevant processes. Translation of results into solving relevant societal problems within health and industry is a highly prioritized part of our work.

Working area
The main activity will be research within the area of industrial biotechnology and process engineering with a focus on production of biomolecules and biotechnological products with application in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, biobased industries as well as in health, food and feed industries. Interactions with departmental Technology programs and the AU interdisciplinary thematic centres ( (iFOOD, CBIO, WATEC, phyLife) are encouraged.

Research activities will include analysis, engineering, modification and establishment of production strategies, which are based on new discoveries and deep knowledge as well as being key to development of new products of increased value and benefit.

Production of agricultural products from cell cultures
Establishment of artificial metabolic pathways that are relevant for biomanufacturing
Pure culture biotechnology
Industrial biotechnological production on medium to large scale
Development of new biosynthesis pathways based on simple carbon and energy sources (such as CO2, CO, CH4 and H2)

These activities might include and overlap with molecular biology, medical biotechnology, metabolic engineering, process engineering, protein, lipid and carbohydrate directed molecular characterization, and other important biophysical and biochemical approaches.

The individual applicant is excellent within his/her research field and has a strong academic track record relative to career stage. Furthermore, the candidate will have to attract external funding, be responsible for teaching and supervision within the research area, and to participate in research-based knowledge exchange with society and industry.

Further expectations for the various levels of appointment are:

Assistant professor (tenure track): Candidates must demonstrate potential for outstanding research and teaching. Some years of post-graduate research and publication experience is required. Experience from successful external research collaborations with industry and academia, project management skills, and experience in attraction of external funding is preferred.

Associate professor: Candidates must have a strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience. Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here (…).

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Science and Technology, Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Your application must contain a visionary research statement with concrete research proposals, a teaching statement, a CV including current research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Both research and teaching statements should not be longer than 2-3 pages in length each. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly. Finally, you must indicate level (assistant professor or associate professor) you are applying for as well as the main disciplines that you specialize in.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Biological and Chemical Engineering Section, Anders Bentien ( / +45 30369515) or Head of Department of Engineering, Lars DM Ottosen ( / +45 51371671).

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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 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.

Application deadline
15 September

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

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Contact Information

  • Anders Bentien Professor
    The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section (BCE) at Department of Engineering
    Aarhus University
    Aarhus 8000
  • 0045 3036 9515


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