Tenure Track Assistant Professors or Associate Professors in Hydrogeology

The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for two faculty positions at the Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level in Hydrogeology. We are searching for highly qualified and motivated scientists in the field of groundwater hydrology and groundwater/surface water interactions with focus on numerical modelling, data integration and geostatistics compatible with Departmental strengths in interdisciplinary hydrogeophysical research.

Department of Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff including faculty, externally funded researchers, post-docs, Ph.D. students, and administrative and technical personnel. We have a strong research profile spanning a broad range of geological and geophysical disciplines contained in research clusters Climate and Environment; Water; Energy and Natural Resources; and Deep Earth Systems. One prominent research field is hydrogeophysics. 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 hydrogeophysical 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 ideal candidates will contribute to research and teaching within fields related to hydrogeology and hydrology, contaminant hydrogeology, and interactions between groundwater and surface water. Addressing water challenges and solutions in relation to climate change and human activities is expected. The appointees will have in-depth expertise in numerical modelling of groundwater dynamics and contaminant transport in porous media, inverse methods and uncertainty analysis, but also fieldwork experience in e.g. hydrological monitoring and pollution case studies.

The focal areas may include, but not limited to (1) catchment-scale interactions between groundwater and surface water, (2) application of hydrogeophysical data to the understanding of large-scale hydrological processes, contaminant transport, and numerical groundwater modelling, and (3) providing decision-making support to water resource managers involving uncertainty considerations.

The successful candidates will hold Ph.D. degrees in a relevant natural science discipline, have a strong international research standing and a broad multidisciplinary research network. Their scientific profile will be reflected in relevant publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Proven ability to attract external research funding and documented teaching skills are required.

The appointees will expand research collaborations at the highest international level following their scientific interests and priorities, and establish a vibrant research group utilizing external funding from national and international sources. They will develop new curricula and teach in-doors as well as field courses, and supervise students at all academic levels. They will have interest in collaborating with industrial partners and cooperating with other research units at Aarhus University. The appointees will also be expected to develop fruitful collaboration with other research groups at this Department, in particular the Hydrogeophysics Group.

Application procedure

The Department encourages all genders to apply and to make a specific note in the CV about previous parental leaves of absence. Shortlisting and external evaluation are used. The successful candidates 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 appointees will acquire, within three years, proficiency in Danish sufficient for teaching in bachelor programs and for participation in departmental and university administration.

The place of work is 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 about 400 000 inhabitants. Aarhus has a lively and charming downtown close to the Aarhus Bay at the Baltic Sea. In Denmark access to schools, higher education, and health care is free. Generous parental agreements are available. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Ensuring gender balance at Department of Geoscience is a high priority for Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question. Read more here and find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

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

The application must be made online via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website and received by April 1, 2022. The expected appointment start is August 1, 2022 or at the nearest possible date.

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.

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 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

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 www.international.au.dk/

posted: 26 January 2022 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.