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Tenure track position in Nutrition and Physiology of Pigs 941985

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants to apply for a tenure track (assistant professor) position in nutrition and physiology of pigs. The position is available from 1 June 2018 Aarhus University offers talented scientists attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position (associate professor). An internationally excellent applicant has the opportunity to achieve a competitive start-up grant ensuring a successful start in building his/her research team.
The position
The position will strengthen and complement the ongoing research in nutrition and physiology at the Department of Animal Science. The main activity of the announced position will be research within the area of pig nutrition and physiology with a special focus on minerals (e.g. zinc and copper). The overall scope is to facilitate a sustainable and robust pig production with special focus on nutritional intervention to support animal health and reducing environmental impact. The activities will include research on digestion, absorption, metabolism, utilization and requirements of nutrients, identification of biomarkers for physiological and nutrient status, and development of animal and lab methods supporting the research. Furthermore, the candidate will have to attract external funding, to take part in teaching and supervision, to participate in consultancy of authorities, and to be active in knowledge exchange with society and industry.
The candidate
Qualifications for the Tenure Track Programme at Aarhus University include minimum 2 years’ experience at postdoc level with a research profile and publication record in nutrition and physiology of pigs. 
You are expected to have a research profile in nutrition and physiology of pigs as demonstrated by an international and peer reviewed publication record within the area.
You are expected to achieve the qualifications for the tenured associate professor level within six years of this position. Criteria for evaluating candidates for a tenured position can be found here.
The department of Animal Science and the research unit of Animal Nutrition and Physiology
The department has strong research units within immunology and microbiology, molecular nutrition and reproduction, animal nutrition and physiology, animal behavior and stress biology, and epidemiology and management. The department currently employs app. 40 professors and associate professors/senior scientists, 52 post docs, PhD students and visiting scientists, plus app. 100 supporting staff including lab technicians, experimental facility staff and administrative staff. The Department works in research units and teams and therefore self-leadership, clear and open communication, success in mentoring, supervising and teaching are important qualities needed to be successful in the Department. In addition inclusion and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment are viewed as important. 
The Department is responsible for a Master’s programme in Agrobiology, and for two double-degree programmes in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding (EM-SANF, Erasmus Mundus), and in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (EUR-Organic). In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations, including Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Agrobiology, Agroenvironmental Management, Human Security, and Biology at Aarhus University. 
The successful applicant will be working in the Research unit of Animal Nutrition and Physiology that produces and disseminates new knowledge about domestic animals' physiological and production related responses to nutrition and feeding through studies of the basic qualitative and quantitative digestive, absorptive and metabolic processes. Further, the aim is to identify suitable biomarkers for physiological imbalances and nutrient status in order to develop production effective and sustainable feeding strategies covering the nutrient requirements of the animals in changing physiological stages. 
Please refer to for further information about The Department of Animal Science, for information in the research unit and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.
Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities will primarily be conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus. 

Further information on the position may be obtained from head of department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail: or head of research unit Jakob Sehested, phone: +45 8715 7893, e-mail:

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Science and Technology Tenure Track

Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured .

The aim of the Science and Technology 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/Senior Researcher 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
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.

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


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