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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at Aarhus University 874687

Applications are invited for positions as Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark ( The intended start date for this appointment is September 1st, 2017.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading European chemistry departments with research programs that range from medicinal chemistry to theoretical chemistry. It has a permanent staff of 30 full and associate professors, a support-staff of 30 people, 150 PhD-students and postdocs and more than 500 students.

The positions are in the field of experimental organic chemistry with special emphasis on chemical biology and/or medicinal chemistry. The ideal candidates possess a track record of scientific research within these fields at a high international level documented through articles in peer reviewed international journals. The candidate’s research plan must outline research visions and topics, and it must complement other activities at the Department of Chemistry.

The successful candidates must have a track record of relevant excellent scientific research documented through articles in peer-reviewed international journals. Clear evidence of independent research activities and success in obtaining research funding are essential.  The candidates are expected to build an independent research group and conduct an active program of internationally recognized research. The ability to engage in crossdisciplinary research projects to neighboring fields (e.g. molecular biology, medical sciences and engineering) as well as collaboration with colleagues at the Department of Chemistry, the Faculty of Science and Technology, other institutions and industry will also be considered positively.

The successful candidates must be able to teach introductory chemistry courses as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the general field of organic chemistry including medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology. A non-Danish candidate is expected to be able to teach in Danish on undergraduate courses within a 3-5 year timeframe. 

Further expectations for the two levels of appointment are:
Assistant Professor: Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellent research and teaching. Extensive postdoctoral training or similar is expected (see below for tenure-track program)
Associate Professor: Candidates must have an excellent record of independent research accomplishments, scholarly achievement, teaching experience, an established record of external funding is essential, as well as concomitant strong evidence of emerging leadership in their field.

The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information on the position please contact Head of the Search Committee Prof. Kurt V. Gothelf ( or tel +45 60 20 27 25) or Head of Department, Prof. Birgit Schiøtt ( or tel +45 87 15 59 75).

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 appointment 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.

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.

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 (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

The application should include names and e-mail addresses of three people who can provide a letter of reference upon request.

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. Expected time for interviews is May 2017. Indicate in the application the level (assistant or associate professor) that you are applying for. However, the appointment committee may decide to move an applicant from one position category to the other.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Tenure Track Program at Aarhus University
Aarhus University offers talented scientists an attractive career perspective via the Tenure Track Program. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of 6 years with the prospect of a performance-based advancement to a tenured position as Associate Professor. As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Program, the University carries out a mid-term evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. If the final review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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