Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Quaternary Geology

The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship or Associate Professorship in Quaternary Geology. We seek an innovative and visionary geoscientist in the field of terrestrial Quaternary systems.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate interdisciplinary research in Quaternary Geology with expertise in fields such as glacial geology and geomorphology, Quaternary stratigraphy and environments, and applied Quaternary studies. Experience with other aspects of the Quaternary system as well as interest in combining fieldwork, experimental work and numerical modelling will be advantageous. Knowledge of GIS applications in teaching and research is welcome.

The successful candidate will 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 candidate 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. The appointee will develop and teach classroom and field courses, and supervise students at all academic levels. The appointee will have interest in getting engaged with the Quaternary geology of Denmark, in developing collaboration with industrial partners in the field of applied Quaternary studies, and in cooperation with other research units at Aarhus University. Within the Department of Geoscience, the appointee will develop collaboration with other research groups in climate, geochronology, hydrogeology and natural resources.
Department of Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff and has a strong research profile spanning a broad range of geological and geophysical disciplines including the basic and applied aspects of the Quaternary system (palaeoceanography, landscape evolution, glacial geology, sedimentary record, stratigraphy, geochronology, hydrogeology, hydrogeophysics). These fields are represented by several professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. students. The Department is well equipped for Quaternary research and teaching with infrastructure including sedimentological, geochronological (cosmogenic-nuclide dating), geochemical and micropalaeontological laboratories, as well as a full range of shallow geophysical infrastructure. We also have strong links to other departments at Aarhus University, including Physics and Astronomy (AMS radiocarbon dating), Engineering, Biology, and Archaeology.

About us
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.

The expected appointment is August 1, 2024 or at the nearest possible date.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work will be Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark 

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, by e-mail: jan.piotrowski@geo.au.dk or 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. In exceptional cases, Aarhus University can offer particularly talented Associate Professors to be admitted to a promotion program to Professor without an open advertisement. To be nominated for the promotion program, the Associate Professor must be assessed within a few years of focused career advancement as able to obtain qualifications corresponding to a professorship appointment in an open call.

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 their 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 Taxation 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 Taxation 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, and received by September 1, 2023.

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 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

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