Professor in Materials Characterization at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University

Dependent on experience
17 May 2021
15 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a position as Full Professor in the field of materials characterization at the Department of Chemistry (, Faculty of Natural Science ( at Aarhus University ( The intended start is 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University is one of the leading chemistry departments in Europe with a broad research program. It has a permanent staff of about 30 full, associate and assistant professors, a support-staff of around 30 technicians and other personnel, ~100 PhD-students, 50 postdocs and 400 students. In addition to excellence in research, teaching and supervision, the Department of Chemistry values equal opportunities, a collegial atmosphere, and a student-friendly mindset.

The Department of Chemistry currently seeks outstanding applicants who are expected to lead and develop research and teaching activities within the field of inorganic materials characterization. Research that involves solid state functional materials is welcomed, particularly research that uses advanced characterization techniques, notably solid state NMR.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in chemistry or a closely related area. A successful candidate will have a track record of excellent high-impact research documented through articles in peer-reviewed international journals. The candidate is expected to build and lead an independent research group in Aarhus and conduct an active internationally recognized research program.

To qualify for the position, it is essential to document experience in managing an active research group.  In particular, the successful applicant must demonstrate the ability to (a) publish at an internationally high level, (b) attract substantial research funding from a broad pool of sources, and (c) supervise and advise people ranging from bachelor students to postdoctoral associates and faculty colleagues. Collaboration with other groups at the Department of Chemistry is expected. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and collaboration with research groups in other Departments at Aarhus University, at other Universities, and with private industry is anticipated. Visionary plans for future research should be outlined in the application.

Interest and competence in teaching chemistry at all levels of university education are essential. Applicants must document a record of significant teaching and supervision experience at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. A successful candidate must be able to teach all introductory chemistry courses as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses in chemistry, including courses in inorganic materials chemistry and advanced analytical techniques for materials characterization. Teaching can be in Danish and English, depending on the course. For non-Danish speaking employees, we offer Danish language courses to help integrating into daily life in Denmark.

We expect our new colleague to value and participate in the general academic work at the Department of Chemistry. This includes serving on committees, collaborating with colleagues on the many tasks of a department, helping and giving feedback to colleagues, mentoring of junior colleagues, etc. Experience with administrative duties is desirable.

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

Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar, Scopus and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record.

Further information

For further information on the position, please contact the head of the search committee Prof. Jeppe Olsen (, or Head of the Department of Chemistry, Prof. Birgit Schiøtt (

Application deadline

Application deadline is 15 June 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held in the fall of 2021.

Work and life in Denmark and Aarhus

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. We see diversity as a strength. It is a priority that the successful candidate has a personality that promotes positive interactions with students and staff, as well as being a good colleague in general. Together, we define the future of the Department of Chemistry, both scientifically and with respect to thriving in our day-to-day work.
Working in Denmark offers opportunities for a good work-life balance. In Denmark there is a system of guaranteed and affordable daycare.  Education is free, including universities. English is widely spoken, though Danish is the common language off campus. A fraction of the courses at the Department of Chemistry is given in English. The majority of BSc and MSc thesis works are written in English, as are all PhD theses. We offer free Danish courses.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here:

Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, and forms the center of the western parts of the country on the Jutland peninsula. It is situated beautifully at the Aarhus Bay near Mols National Park and the Lake District around Silkeborg. Recently, Aarhus has attracted international attention as a travel destination due to its unique combination of a thriving food-scene, high-quality museums, surrounding beautiful nature, a lively city due to the “young population”, and many cultural events including music festivals. etc. See e.g. the recent recommendation by CNN ( Aarhus is easily reached through local international airports in Jutland within 1 hour of Aarhus, or through either Copenhagen or Hamburg Airports, both situated about a 3-hour train-journey from Aarhus.

Aarhus University is consistently ranked as a top-100 university in the World and it houses both an engineering and a medical school, as well as divisions for the traditional natural sciences, business, social sciences, arts, and environmental and agricultural sciences.

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.

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.

Formalities and salary range Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences 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.

Ensuring gender balance is a high priority at Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question. 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

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at