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Assistant/associate professor in Palaeoceanography
and Micropalaeontology (856012)

The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in palaeoceanography and marine micropalaeontology. The intended starting date is 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Department of Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience hosts strong research groups within a broad range of research fields, with late Quaternary palaeoclimate studies, including palaeoceanography, as one of its cornerstones. The palaeoclimate group has particular focus on understanding climate system dynamics based on studies from the wider North Atlantic and Arctic realm. In addition, the group carries out interdisciplinary research in collaboration with geophysics, physics, biology/geomicrobiology, chemistry and archaeology. The palaeoclimate group currently has three permanent scientific staff and several post docs, PhD, MSc, and BSc students. The Department of Geoscience hosts modern laboratories for micropalaeontology, sediment processing and various geochemical techniques.


The ideal candidate must demonstrate a strong background in palaeoclimate and palaeoceanography of the Quaternary, using marine micropalaeontology (diatoms or dinoflagellates) as a main proxy. Experience with other, sedimentological or geochemical proxies in multi-proxy studies is expected.

The candidate is expected to have a strong international profile with an established international research network (relative to career stage) and several papers in good international journals. Proven ability to attract external funding is advantageous. The appointee must be independent, outgoing and enterprising and have good communication skills.

The appointee will develop research collaboration at the highest international level according to his/her scientific interests and priorities and will attract external funding from national and international sources. The appointee is expected to teach courses and supervise at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. Documentation of teaching and/or supervision experience is required. Finally, the appointee is expected to contribute positively to the Department’s organization and to further strengthen international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Startup packages can be applied for at the Aarhus University Research Foundation.

The Department encourages all genders to apply and to make a specific note in the CV about previous maternity/paternity leaves of absence.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from Head of Department Professor Søren Bom Nielsen, Department of Geoscience, by e-mail or phone +45 2113 1499.

Information on projects and research within the palaeoclimate group on

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 appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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.

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


All applications must be made online and received by: 30/11/2016

Please apply online at

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

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