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Professorship in Plant Physiology (Tenure Track)

Aarhus University. Aarhus (Dänemark), 19.04.2018

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Tenure Track in Plant Physiology 973462

The Department of Food Science, Aarhus University invites applications to a Tenure Track position in plant physiology to begin August, 2018
The position
This Tenure Track position will strengthen and complement ongoing research in the effect of climate change on, and protected production of, high value crops 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 facilities, 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 relation to protected plant production systems of high value crops. You should have documented research experience within physiological aspects of climate change and climate management strategies to improve yield, quality and plant physiological responses of crop plants with focus on high value crops grown in protected environments, new approaches and goals for sustainable production of fruit, vegetables and ornamentals.
Successful candidates will be expected to:
  • establish and lead their own research area
  • deliver innovative research of the highest international standard
  • publish research outcomes through a significant number of international peer-reviewed publications
  • deliver teaching at the Department (graduate-level teaching in English)
  • supervise masters and PhD students
  • complete postgraduate teacher training for Assistant Professors at Aarhus University
  • be granted competitive research funding from external funding bodies
  • write and speak English fluently
PhD degree and postdoc research experience is required, within plant physiology or crop physiology
Documented research experience in measurements of carbohydrate metabolism, gas exchange and/or chlorophyll fluorescence
Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
Teaching experience at MSc and PhD level
Experience in international research collaboration and networking
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 at 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.
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 Assistant Professors for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a permanent Associated Professorship.
The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme is to:
attract outstanding talented individuals from all over the world
to promote the early development of self-reliance 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
postgraduate teacher training for Assistant Professors
a mentoring program
support to develop scientific networks and results
Depending on the qualifications of the preferred candidate, an attractive start-up package can be negotiated.
Aarhus University carries out a mid-way evaluation to determine the progress of the Tenure Track candidate after three years, addressing the criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted before completion of five years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a permanent position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.
Applicants will be evaluated on their research and teaching career and therefore the CV should specify any time periods not dedicated to furthering their career (eg parental leave or other types of leave).
Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.
Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Kistinebjergvej 10, DK-5792 Aarslev (Fyn), 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.
Living in Denmark
Please visit the International Centre website ( for information about arriving and living in Denmark.
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.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.
All applications must be made online and received by 31 May 2018
Please apply online here

Bewerbungsschluss: 31.05.2018