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Assistant Professorship / Associate Professorship within single-particle cryo-electron microscopy

Aarhus University. Aarhus (Dänemark), 15.03.2017

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is a modern, 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 42,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at

Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor within single-particle cryo-electron microscopy 895083

Applications are invited for a position as Assistant Professor (tenure track) or as Associate Professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Denmark ( The intended start date for this appointment is 1 September 2017.

The position is available in the field of single-particle cryo-electron microscopy studies of biological macromolecules.

The successful candidate has a strong record and expertise in the application and critical validation of single-particle cryo-EM data and contemporary methods ranging from sample preparation and presentation to data acquisition and processing as well as structure determination and validation.

Aarhus University has a fully operational Titan-Krios EM facility with a Gatan K2 detector in final installation by March 2017. The facility is supported by scientific and engineering staff, and besides own research the successful candidate is expected to engage in local collaborations and to take part in further development of a thriving research community with EM in structural biology and molecular cell biology at Aarhus University.

The ideal candidates possess a track record of scientific research within the above-mentioned 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 Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center.

Clear evidence of independent research activities and success in obtaining research funding are essential. The candidate is expected to build an independent research group and conduct an active program of internationally recognized research.

The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the general fields of biophysics and biochemistry, and specifically electron microscopy. 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 Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000, Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information on the position please contact Director Jorgen Kjems ( or Professor Poul Nissen(

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.
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.
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 June 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.
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.

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.

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


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

Bewerbungsschluss: 07.05.2017