Associate professor or tenure-track assistant professor in theoretical condensed matter/materials physics/surface science
The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark ( www.phys.au.dk) invites applications for a permanent associate professor or tenure-track assistant professor position in theoretical condensed matter/materials physics/surface science, complementing and strengthening existing activities.
The position is open from June 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The successful candidate will establish an independent research activity within theoretical condensed matter/materials physics/surface science at the department. We are looking for applicants with a prior record of developing applications, and methodologies in their respective fields, who have demonstrated the ability to conduct collaborative research with experimental groups. The successful candidate is expected to be a team player and to contribute to the development of the research fields within the Department. The candidate is specifically expected to develop and strengthen condensed matter, materials physics and/or surface science across the Department, possibly in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and/or interdisciplinary materials science centers at Aarhus University, e.g. iNano and iMat.
Applicants must have a satisfactory record of original scientific research at a high international level and they are invited to document examples of collaborative research and external funding. Applicants must hold a PhD in physics or similar, and be able to teach physics at all levels of the University curriculum. The assessment of applicants (in particular for the associate professor level) will include an evaluation of their teaching experience and qualifications. Applicants should therefore provide a teaching portfolio, which documents their experience with all facets of university teaching, including the supervision of MSc and PhD students, depending on the level of application. It should be clearly stated if the application targets the associate professor or the tenure-track assistant professor level.
Equality and diversity
The department is committed to promoting equality and diversity. In addition to the research and teaching track records, the successful applicant is thus encouraged to show a genuine commitment to developing the role and identifying the talent of under-represented groups in physics, and demonstrate an interest in contributing to innovative programs that will target these groups at all levels.
Who we are
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a department at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark. The main objectives of the Department are to carry out research at the highest international level, to offer research based teaching at Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD levels, and to exchange knowledge with other areas of society, e.g. by offering our expertise to industrial partners and the business world.
The Department is an attractive workplace for researchers, teachers, technicians, laboratory technicians and administrators and has a good study environment with many talented and active students at all levels. The research at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is of high quality, attracts significant international attention – in several fields the Department is within the world elite – and is characterized by many international collaborations with other high-ranking universities and research institutions around the world.
The successful candidate is offered:
access to a well-developed research infrastructure
a research climate inviting lively, open and constructive discussion within and across different fields of research
a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance
A job where the overall environment in Denmark is family-friendly, safe and relaxed – contributing to Denmark consistently being voted amongst the happiest nations in the world.
Place of work and area of Employment
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
Your tasks include (depending on seniority):
high quality teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including existing courses and development of new courses
The successful candidate must accept to learn Danish within a time-span of 3 years, to be able to teach at the undergraduate level in Danish
lead your own ambitious and competitive research program within the research field as well as contributing to joint research in collaboration with colleagues at the institute
research leadership and ability to define and manage research projects.
conduct creative and innovative research activities at the highest international level
attract external funding from national and international funding bodies and create a vision on how to further develop this activity together with your network
participate in advisory work for the national authorities if needed
participate in the administration and development of the department
strengthen national and international cooperation within the research area
develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the Department, and between the Department and relevant national and international research communities
establish synergies between your own research and other related research activities to secure the needed interdisciplinary approaches
participation in international and national networks of researchers as well as international project applications/maintain a strong national and international network of contacts with leading research groups, as well as pursuing industrial contacts if relevant
be open for effective knowledge exchange with society, companies, and industry
mentor junior researchers in for example attracting competitive funding, career development etc.
participate in supervision of Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD students
Further information can be obtained from the Head of Department Ulrik I. Uggerhøj through e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Natural Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship position.
The aim of the Natural Sciences 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 at Aarhus University.
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.
Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.
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.
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.
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