Assistant professor in computational Earth
surface processes (897865)

The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level that can strengthen our research within the fields of Earth surface processes, long-term landscape evolution, sea level reconstructions and computational modeling. Understanding the processes driving long-term landscape evolution and associated sea level variations presents a global challenge. Addressing this topic scientifically requires a multidisciplinary approach and collaboration between the Department's three research groups within Earth surface processes, deep Earth processes, and computational modeling.

We seek a young enterprising scientist at the Assistant Professor level who can facilitate the growth of this interdisciplinary subject. The ideal appointee has a broad geoscience background with experience in computational modelling of landscape evolution promoted for example by glacial and fluvial erosion and transport mechanisms. Experience with models for global sea level reconstructions and dynamic topography would also be advantageous. A strong record of academic achievements is expected as well as demonstrated ability to attract external funding from national and/or international funding agencies. It is furthermore expected that the appointee have min. 2-4 years post.doc. training and a strong international network.

The appointee will teach courses at all levels in relevant other geoscientific disciplines as required by the general educational profile of the Department.

Teaching experience is an advantage. The appointee will be requested to attend mandatory pedagogical courses arranged by the University.

The place of work is Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information please contact Professor, Head of Department, Søren B. Nielsen ( tlf +45 2113 1499.

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 for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured .

The aim of the Science and Technology 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/Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

Application procedure

Short-listing 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.

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


All applications must be made online and received by: 30.04.2017

Aarhus University is a modern, 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 44,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 830 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at

posted: 22 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.