Tenure track Assistant Professor in hydrogeophysics

The Department of Geoscience (DG), Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applicants for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in hydrogeophysics to begin on January 1, 2021. We are searching for a highly motivated scientist in the fields of electrical, electromagnetic or surface nuclear magnetic methods compatible with our interdisciplinary hydrogeophysical research.

The department

The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff including faculty, externally funded researchers, post-docs, Ph.D. students, and administrative and technical personnel. DG has a strong research profile spanning a broad range of geological and geophysical disciplines including Climate and Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources, and Deep Earth Systems. We have an outstanding research and teaching infrastructure including geophysical, geochemical, sedimentological and micropalaeontological laboratories, HF-laboratory, a class 100 metal-free clean-laboratory, and TCN dating facilities. We also have the largest pool of hydro-geophysical electromagnetic research instruments in the world. The department participates in numerous multidisciplinary research centers such as WATEC bridging core-disciplines within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Technical Sciences.

The position and the candidate

The Assistant Professor will contribute to research and teaching in the field of hydrogeophysics. The focus areas will include, but not be limited to (1) basic development of controlled source electromagnetic methods focusing on hardware and modelling software (2) application of electromagnetic methods for imaging of subsurface geological structures, and (3) linking the geophysical data to hydrogeological modelling.

The successful candidate will have expertise in several of the following areas:

  • Electrical, electromagnetic and/or surface nuclear magnetic methods
  • Development of forward and inverse modelling algorithms in 1D, 2D and 3D
  • Development of hardware and instrument solutions
  • Advanced signal processing
  • Field deployment and management of large surveys
  • Interdisciplinary work with hydrologists and geologists integrating geophysical models in other disciplines.

The appointee will fulfil the following criteria:

  • Ph.D. degree in a natural science discipline
  • Adequate record of international peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in relevant academic teaching and student supervision
  • Documented ability to attract external funding for research
  • Some experience with interdisciplinary research
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relationships skills.

The candidate will establish a vibrant research environment and actively contribute to the ongoing research at DG within hydrogeophysics. The candidate will teach relevant courses at all levels focusing on electromagnetic methods, and supervise B.Sc. and M.Sc. students as well as working with Ph.D. students. Cooperation with private industry, engagement in public sector consultancy, generating significant external funding for research, and involvement in public outreach are expected.

We encourage all genders to apply and to make a specific note in the CV about previous maternity/paternity leaves of absence. In the case of equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to female candidates. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion. It is expected that the appointee will acquire, within three years, proficiency in Danish sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees. You will be coached in applying for personal research grants. Startup packages can be applied for at the Aarhus University Research Foundation or at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The tenure track Assistant Professorship leads into an Associate Professorship upon successful evaluation after a maximum of 6 years.

Place of work

The place of work is Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C, the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University. The beautiful Aarhus University campus is located close to the downtown of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark with 400 000 inhabitants. It has a lively and charming downtown close to the Aarhus Bay at the Baltic Sea. In Denmark schools, higher education and health care are free. 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 and find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Application deadline

All applications must be made online and received by September 1, 2020. The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from the Head of Department Professor Jan A. Piotrowski, Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, e-mail: jan.piotrowski@geo.au.dk, phone: +45 87156409. For more information about the department see www.geo.au.dk and about the hydrogeophysics research group www.hgg.au.dk

Natural Sciences Tenure Track

Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Natural Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship position.

The aim of the Natural Sciences 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 at Aarhus University.

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

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

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 curriculum vitae, degree certificates, a complete list of publications including the H-index, information about research activities and teaching experience, and a statement of future research plans. Guidelines for applicants can be found here. State your Researcher ID and/or ORCID in the CV.

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. Six weeks of paid vacation annually as well as about 17% of pension contribution are included

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.

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.

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

posted: 17 July 2020 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.