Aarhus University (AU)

Academic employee position for engineering of a single particle levitation chamber

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The group of aero-microbiology at the Department of Biology and the School of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applications for a project engineer position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project “Drama” on “Deciphering the Role of Atmospheric Microbial Aerosols”.

The position is for 1 year and is available from 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description/research project/research area
The group of aero-microbiology at the Department of Biology, Aarhus University is opening a position to develop, construct and validate a single particle levitation chamber, BioSim, for bioaerosols, hygroscopicity studies and modeling, sea-spray simulation studies, ice-nucleation studies and sum-frequency generation (SFG) studies of bioaerosols.

We are looking for a talented and motivated engineer or physicist with background in mechanical engineering or experimental physics. The selected applicant will work in a project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (“Deciphering the Role of Atmospheric Microbial Aerosols (DRAMA)”, Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme).

You will be responsible for the design, development, construction and validation of the BioSim chamber that builts on principles of an electro-dynamic lavitator in order to study the activity of bacterial cells and their interactions with moisture under realistic atmospheric conditions.

Your profile

  • Applicants should hold a PhD degree in engineering or experimental physics preferably within thermodynamics and control of thermodynamic systems.
  • Applicants with experience within particle spraying and trapping is prefered (acoustic, electrodynamic etc.).
  • Applicants with experience in design, construction and validation of apparatus is prefered herein experienced user of CAD design (OnShape)
  • The applicant should be a skilled practitioner, be the driver in all stages of the development of the device from initiation to closing and handover and must be able to work independently, self paced and reach planned milestones on time.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently, selfpaced and reach planned milestones on time
  • Capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork

The applicant will be placed in School of Engineering and be affilated with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the The School of Engineering conducts teaching and research in basic mechanics, advanced design tools, product development, structural and solid mechanics, energy systems, and mechatronics. The Department covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within the field of mechanics, including mechanical properties of materials, strength and vibration analyses, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mechatronics among others. The Department of Mechanical Engineering emphasizes the importance of both teaching and research by successful prototyping and implementation of the developed solutions and values a very close collaboration with the end-users. The Department is responsible for the Mechanical Engineering line of the B.Sc. program. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is very dynamic and expending with regular openings of new positions for ambitious and qualified candidates.

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula in the areas of Aquatic Biology and Ecology, Arctic Environment and Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Microbiology, and Zoophysiology. The Section for Microbiology at the Department of Biology is one of Europe’s leading research environments for microbial ecology, where we study microbial physiology, evolution, ecology, and biogeochemistry. The development and integration of microbiological, molecular biological and biogeochemical methods, micro sensor technology, and physical-chemical analyses has contributed to the strong research profile of the section in microbiology and microbial ecology. This spectrum of methods ensures research at all biological levels, from single cells to microbial communities, ecosystems, and the role of microorganisms in the global element and water cycles.

The group for aero-microbiology is a partner in the Atmospherica network (https://projects.au.dk/atmospherica/), which provides strong interdisciplinary connections, both on and off campus, to research groups studying atmospheric aerosols from the perspective of environmental microbiology, physical chemistry, interface chemistry, physics, atmospheric modelling, molecular and structural biology, health and engineering.

The group for aero-microbiology is also associated with interdisciplinary polar and climate research centres: The Arctic Research Centre ( https://arctic.au.dk/) and The iCLIMATE Aarhus University Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (https://iclimate.au.dk/).

The working language is English, and we welcome applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at https://international.au.dk/research/. The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre.

The successful candidate is offered:
  • A diverse and exciting position in an international, crossdisciplinary and innovative working environment building on enthusiasm
  • A workplace in the center of Aarhus where you daily will be among engineers, researchers, students, educators, entrepreneurs and companies characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy worklife balance.
  • A research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research.
  • A working environment with teamwork, close working relations, networking and social activities among young scientists.
  • A project, where the successful candidate will be the primary responsible, which is targeted at a real need and the potential to help scientists worldwide.

The place of work is Aarhus University, School of Engineering –Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, building 3210, 03.026, 8000 Aarhus C. DK.

Further information about the position may be obtained from: Prof Claus Melvad, +4523244761/ cme@ase.au.dk, Prof. Kai Finster, +45 5124 0515 / kai.finster@bios.au.dk or Asst. Prof. Tina Šantl-Temkiv, +45 2988 6984.

Formalities and salary range

Salary and terms as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.

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

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/

14 April 2020

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