Professor in Theoretical / Computational Chemistry

Aarhus C, Aarhus (DK)
10 Jan 2018
10 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor in Theoretical / Computational Chemistry at Aarhus University 956498

Applications are invited for a permanent position as Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark ( The intended starting date is Oct 1st 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading European chemistry departments with research programs that range from medicinal chemistry to theoretical chemistry. It has a permanent staff of 29 full and associate professors, a support-staff of ~25 people, ~100 PhD-students and postdocs, and more than 500 students.

The position is within the broad field of theoretical and computational chemistry including modeling. The field of research is not restricted but may include small molecules, biological molecules and their structure and dynamics, as well as condensed matter. The application must contain a research plan that outlines research visions and topics. The proposed research must complement other research activities at the Department of Chemistry.

The successful candidate must have a strong track record of relevant excellent scientific research documented through articles in peer-reviewed international journals. Clear documentation 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 ability to engage in cross-disciplinary research projects as well as collaboration with colleagues at the Department of Chemistry, iNANO (see, other departments at the Faculty of Science and Technology, as well as at other institutions will also be considered positively.

The successful candidate should be able to teach introductory chemistry courses as well as undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the field of physical chemistry as well as theoretical/computational chemistry and modeling. A non-Danish speaking candidate is expected to be able to teach in Danish on an undergraduate level within 3-5 years.

Further expectations for the appointment are that the candidates must have an extensive and excellent record of independent, ground-breaking research accomplishments as well as documented high-quality teaching and supervision experience. Candidates must document established leadership and management abilities as well as the ability to promote collaborative research and attract substantial external funding from e.g. research councils, EU and other funding sources.
Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed for professors in:

The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information on the position please contact Head of the Search Committee, Prof. Jeppe Olsen (, telephone +45 23382435) or Head of Department, Prof. Birgit Schiøtt (, telephone +45 29826882).

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.

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