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Full Professors in Civil and Architectural Engineering 1008793

The Department of Engineering (ENG) of Aarhus University (AU) is looking for several innovative and visionary Professors to push the frontiers of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) research. This international top-100 University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 5-year recruitment plan to place the University in direct competition with the global engineering elite. Therefore, the University is seeking researchers driven with vision, innovations, or technologies for the future, to lead world-class researchers in this ambitious engineering build-up.

The positions are available from 1st March 2019 or as soon as possible here after.

Positions are available within all relevant disciplines of civil engineering and architectural engineering, including but not limited to: Lighting Design, Building Design & Materials, Wooden structures, Lightweight Architectural Structures, Structural Engineering, Risk and Reliability, and Construction Management. Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate a strong and innovative research and teaching track record within traditional disciplines or within cross-disciplinary topics (e.g. bridging engineering topics to architecture and vice versa) that will lead to the establishment of new world-class research groups at AU. The positions will be anchored in the Department’s CAE section.

Successful candidates are expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the section and Department as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential. Successful candidates must also have a PhD in Civil or Architectural Engineering, or a related cross-disciplinary field. The candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. All positions are research positions where it is expected that the candidate is capable in competing for external funding.

The ideal candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the Civil and Architectural Engineering research programme in general. More specifically, the candidate is expected to:
  • Be able to drive an internationally competitive research activities, and/or contribute to strengthening the current research activities.
  • Hold an exceptionally strong research profile demonstrating his/her international stature.
  • Have an internationally recognized research profile.
  • Have significant teaching experience in the domain on both MSc and PhD level.
  • Document a strong track record in external funding, and a vision on how to further develop this trajectory together with national and international network.
  • Develop and enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration within the Department, and between the Department and relevant national and international research communities.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate a distinguished publication record evidenced by appropriate bibliometric parameters in prestigious ventilation- and environmental-related journals. A pre-existing strong international research network is required from successful candidates, along with experience in attracting new research funding. A long-term strategic research plan must also be included in the application. The candidate will be required to teach existing civil engineering related courses and to develop new, specialized course offerings within his/her field of specialty in the departments BSc and MSc programme in Civil & Architectural engineering.

About us
The engineering field in Aarhus University is changing with a rapid growth in student population, major research initiatives as well as through the establishment of a number of new physical facilities in the city center of Aarhus. We have ambitious plans for increased activities in research and education, as well as public and industrial cooperation. Engineering at Aarhus University is well established with extensive research activities, approximately 650 Civil and Architectural engineering students, and a long tradition of industrial cooperation. We offer an international environment with space to grow your research disciplines and to build new curriculum.

The Civil and Architectural Engineering section is based in “Navitas” – Aarhus’ new centre for innovation, education and energy. Navitas is an open and vivid house with more than 2,000 students, staff teachers and researchers and about 400-600 company employees associated with INCUBA Science Park. This will create great opportunities for synergies between businesses and academia as well as research and development with a key focus on energy.

Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city (European Capital of Culture for 2017) is a university city, and Aarhus University being a top-100 university, with a large central campus is the largest university in Denmark with a long tradition of excellent interdisciplinary research with close industry collaboration. Aarhus regularly features in the list of top-10 happiest cities in the world.
Read more about the great opportunities when relocating to Denmark and the top reasons for choosing Aarhus University here.

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 one or two (in case of cross-disciplinary activity) main disciplines that you specialize in.

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Science and Technology, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Full professor
Qualifications for the full professor level at Aarhus University include 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.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Søren Wandahl (swa@eng.au.dk / +45 41893216) or Head of Department of Engineering, Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard (tst@eng.au.dk / +45 21379470).

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. (in Danish).

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.

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