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Professorship in Plant Physiology

Aarhus University. Aarhus (Dänemark), 08.09.2017


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

Associate Professor in Plant Physiology

The Department of Food Science, Aarhus University invites applications to an Associate Professor position to begin January, 2018.

The position
This Associate Professor position will strengthen and complement ongoing research in the effect of climate change on, and protected production of, plant based foods in the Department of Food Science. This position is focused on plant physiological responses and metabolism in protected production environments. The position is aligned to the Science Team called ‘Plant, Food & Climate‘ at the Department of Food Science, with access to well-established greenhouse, state of the art climate chambers, multilayer growing facilities, and the relevant photosynthesis, carbon metabolism, chlorophyll, destructive and non-destructive monitoring infrastructure.

The candidate
You are expected to have a strong research profile in plant physiology in relations to protected plant production systems and plant based foods. You are expected to lead and collaborate in cross-disciplinary research projects on physiological aspects of climate change and climate management strategies to improve yield, quality and plan physiological responses of crop plants with focus on plants grown in protected environments that provide new approaches and goals for sustainable production of fruit, vegetables and ornamentals.

An Associate Professor position requires demonstration of independent and novel research initiatives combined with successful postdoc positions including international experience as demonstrated by a significant number of international publications.

You are expected to have experience in and take responsibility for experimental planning, data handling, publication of scientific papers and communication of scientific outcomes to both research and industry audiences.

Your responsibilities will include significantly strengthening the current research profile of the Science Team. You are expected to take initiatives in interdisciplinary research together with local and international research and industry partners and to secure external funding to establish a successful research program and your own research team.

The candidate is expected to supervise students at the Bachelor, Master´s and PhD-level as well as young researchers and technical staff. Teaching courses at Bachelor, Master and PhD level is also expected.

Collaboration and exchange of knowledge with industry and national advisory institutions is seen as a natural part of the position.

The following qualifications are required:
  • Hold a PhD degree in plant physiology or crop physiology
  • Documented research experience in crop physiology
  • Documented research experience in measurements of carbohydrate metabolism, gas exchange and/or chlorophyll fluorescence at the highest level within the area
  • Documented original research of a high international standard
  • Documented experience in writing and securing grant applications from both industrial and public sources
  • Documented experience in academic project leadership
  • Documented experience in co-supervision / supervision of Bachelor / Masters / PhD students
  • Documented excellent communication of research results internationally and nationally as evidenced by a high peer publication rate and participation in industry / societal events.
  • Documented teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to develop relevant educational material
  • Documented skills in relation to international collaboration and development of interdisciplinary research teams
The Department of Food Science
The Department of Food Science is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and includes research within the areas Biofunctional Food, Systems Biology, Food Chemistry and Technology, Food Quality, Food Metabolomics, Sensory Science and Plant Production. The Department currently employs 60 full time scientific staff, approx. 50 PhD students and Postdocs, plus approx. 30 visiting students and staff who together contribute to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars.

The Department works in 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 the Department has a strong culture that is based on openness, equality, consultation, inclusion and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment are viewed as important.

The Department is responsible for a Master‘s programme in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology, taught at Aarhus University, Denmark, and a Master‘s programme in Food and Health at the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing, China. In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations, including Bachelor‘s and Master‘s programmes in Agrobiology, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in Food Technology, Aarhus University. Staff also teach on a number of other educations offered at other Universities in Denmark and China.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Food Science 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 Kirstinebjergvej 10, DK-5792 Aarslev, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. It is planned that the Department of Food Science will be relocated to Agro Food Park, Skejby, Aarhus in 2019. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, Aarhus.
Aarhus University offers competitive start-up packages, which are negotiated on an individual basis.

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

For further information contact Head of Department Michelle Williams, phone: +45 25170049, 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. 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.
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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

Bewerbungsschluss: 01.11.2017