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Tenure track /associate professor – neurobiology 777107

Tenure track / associate professor position – neurobiology

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University invites applications to a tenure track / associate professor position in neurobiology to begin October 2016.

The position
The position seeks to strengthen and complement ongoing activities between Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, the Dept. of Biomedicine and the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine (DANDRITE), targeting the molecular function and physiological role of neural membrane receptors. Synergy with these existing research activities is to be expected.

The candidate
A successful candidate must have a solid background in life sciences and be able to demonstrate promise of outstanding capabilities in independent research, dissemination, funding, and teaching. Outstanding results and a high level of experience from a postdoc position including substantial, international experience are essential for a tenure track appointment.
Successful candidates will be expected to:
‐ establish and lead their own research team;
‐ deliver innovative research of the highest international standard;
‐ deliver teaching at the Department (graduate-level teaching will be in English)
‐ supervise masters and PhD students;
‐ complete postgraduate teacher training for Assistant Professors at Aarhus University
‐ be granted competitive research funding from external funding bodies
‐ write and speak English fluently

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Plant Molecular Biology and Quantitative Genetics. The department currently houses 220 full time scientific staff and 140 PhD students contributing to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total. Please refer to for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Program. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a permanent Associated Professorship.
The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Program is to:
‐ attract outstanding talented individuals from all over the world
‐ to promote the early development of self-reliance 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
‐ postgraduate teacher training for Assistant Professors
‐ a mentoring program
‐ support to develop scientific networks and results
Furthermore, an attractive start-up package can be negotiated

Aarhus University carries out a mid-way evaluation to determine the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, addressing the criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted before completion of five years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a permanent position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Living in Aarhus / Denmark
Please visit the International Centre website ( for information about arriving and living in Denmark.

For further information contact Head of Department Erik Østergaard Jensen, Phone: +45 28992567, e-mail:

Application procedure
Short-listing 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. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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.
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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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