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Professor or Associate Professor in experimental physics

Aarhus Universitet


The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( invites applications for the position of permanent full professor, or permanent associate professor, in experimental physics. The position is open from July 1st, 2019.

The Department seeks to complement and/or strengthen its existing experimental activities in surface and solid-state science, laboratory astrophysics, nuclear and atomic physics at CERN as well as laser-based investigations of BEC’s, ion trapping, biomolecules and optomechanics.

The working culture at the Department is characterized by a collaborative and supportive atmosphere, where we help each other and have a good collegial community.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct an ambitious research program, be a team player and to contribute to the development of the research fields within the Department. The Department offers ample laboratory space and access to mechanical and electronics workshops with expertly qualified staff. Clean-room facilities are accessible in the neighbouring Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center.

Applicants must have a strong record of original scientific research at a high international level and must document energetic and team-oriented leadership, talent for supervision of young researchers and document their experience with all facets of university teaching, including the supervision of MSc and PhD students. Abilities to promote collaborative research and to attract variety of sources of funding are additional important qualifications for the position.

The position is advertised at the level of permanent full professor, but talented academics earlier in their career may ask to be considered for the position as permanent associate professor.

The position is available from July 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
Your tasks include:

  • 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 strong and competitive research program within the field of experimental physics 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 competitive 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 for effective knowledge exchange with society, utility 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

Your profile
In order to be able to fulfill the tasks above, it is compulsory that you:
  • hold a PhD in experimental physics or a related cross-disciplinary field
  • have documented research qualifications at professorship/associate professorship level
  • experience in communication of research in a wide context e.g. write and speak English fluently
  • have strong evidence of nationally or internationally recognized leadership in their field

Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here (

It is also relevant for us that you have:
  • an established record of substantial external funding
  • demonstrated ability to deliver high quality teaching/supervision
  • numerous publications in high quality journals
  • experience with advisory activities, depending on seniority
  • demonstrated the ability to conduct basic and possibly applied interdisciplinary research, and experience within the field of experimental physics

Personal qualifications in order to be able to fulfill the tasks above
  • the ability to work closely with other researchers/groups within the Department as well as with external stakeholders.
  • ability to collaborate and build relationships.

Who we are/ The department
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a department at Science and Technology, 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
  • laboratory space, shared equipment
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical 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
  • 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
The place of employment is Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information
Further information can be obtained from Head of Department Ulrik I. Uggerhøj, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C by e-mail: or phone: +45 23382373.

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 (

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here ( Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here (

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an 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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

23 April 2019