Aarhus University (AU)

Senior Advisor/Senior Researcher/Tenure Track Researcher in Local-scale Atmospheric Modelling

Aarhus University (AU)

Roskilde, Denmark

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, invites applications for a position as Senior Advisor/Senior Researcher/Tenure Track Researcher in local-scale atmospheric modelling to strengthen the research capacity and research-based advisory activities at the department. The position is to be filled by June 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is subject to negotiation.

Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University. The expertise of the department ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology, social science, geography, economics, to policy analysis. Basic as well as applied research are conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, and climate change. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other authorities. Currently, about 150 staff and PhD students are working at the department. The department believes in values of equality, diversity and inclusion, and creating an attractive work/life balance. Further information can be found at www.envs.au.dk.

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Atmospheric Environment in the Group of Atmospheric Modelling. The research is targeted towards an understanding of the fundamental atmospheric processes: transport, chemical conversion, dispersion and deposition of air pollution. The group develops, tests, and applies hemispheric to local scale air pollution models, that integrate with environmental and health impacts, socio-economic impacts and climate change. The aim is to provide the state-of-the-art capacity in Denmark for research, development, application, teaching and decision support within the area of air pollution modelling and integrated assessment modelling. The work will take place in close collaboration with other sections in the Department working with topics like emission inventories, atmospheric measurements (routine monitoring as well as field studies), environmental economics, environmental social science, and environmental geography.
Expertise within the Group of Atmospheric Modelling includes:

  • Atmospheric physics and chemistry, mathematical and numerical methods and computer science
  • Long-range transport modelling covering the Northern Hemisphere, Europe, Denmark and including governing physical and chemical processes
  • Local-scale modelling including governing physical and chemical processes on a scale of an urban area, an urban street as well as point sources like stacks on industry and power plants
  • Weather forecast modelling from hemispheric scale down to urban scale
  • Operating and further developing integrated model systems covering all scales for 3-days forecasting as well as integrated assessment modelling with focus on the impact on human health, the environment and climate
  • Modelling impact of climate change on air pollution loadings with special focus on Europe and the Arctic environment
  • Taking part in integrated monitoring where state of the environment is assessed through combined use of measurements and model calculations
  • Decision-support to policy makers within emissions, source apportionment, air quality and deposition assessment, health impacts and related socio-economic costs, impact assessment of policy measures as well as information to the public about air quality
Description of the position:
The selected candidate in local-scale atmospheric modelling is expected to:
  • Conduct international recognized research within atmospheric modelling
  • Further develop, test and apply research based local-scale atmospheric models like the OML model (air pollution from industrial sources), OML-DEP (deposition of ammonia from agricultural sources) and OML-Highway model (air pollution from traffic sources)
  • Maintain and sell the OML model and support customers, and conduct OML courses
  • Contribute to the department’s advisory activities of Danish authorities as well as private companies particularly regulation of emission from agriculture and industry
  • Actively contribute to the project portfolio in the department by taking part in applications for externally funded research and advisory projects
  • Take active part in developing and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration both internally and externally. The latter with both national and international partners
  • Supervise graduate (Master and PhD level) students in thesis research projects
  • Contribute to the development of a new education in environmental science that the department is aiming to establish
The position require a background in meteorology, physics, geophysics, mathematical modelling, chemistry, engineering or related disciplines. Qualifications within research based development, testing and application of atmospheric models are expected. Experience in chemistry-transport modelling, with studies of physical/chemical processes in relation to atmospheric chemistry-transport models, numerical modelling and statistical methods will be highly desirable. Programming skills in Fortran and Delphi are desirable. Good communication skills and experience with cooperation with Danish authorities is an advantage. The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The position requires a highly motivated researcher who is comfortable with teamwork. If the native language of the candidate is not Danish, then the candidate is expected to learn Danish to be able to carry out advisory work for Danish authorities. The Department supports Danish courses.

Applicants at the researcher (assistant professor) level applying for a tenure track position (four years) should as minimum hold scientific qualifications at PhD graduate level, and preferably be able to demonstrate publication activity independent of supervisors, and have at least 2-3 years’ experience on post-graduate research. The successful applicant must show evidence of an emerging productive publication record. Participation in national and international networks of researchers is preferable.

Applicants at the senior researcher level (associate professor) or senior advisor level should in addition to a PhD degree, have at least 4-5 years’ experience of post-graduate research. The position requires a proved track record of successful external research funding, as well as a proven publication record in international peer reviewed ISI journals. Experience with international collaboration is required. A demonstrated research leadership and ability to define and manage research projects are desirable as is a demonstrated ability to successful supervise PhD students and students on Master/bachelor thesis projects. Experience with consultancy/advisory projects is desirable.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. The city of Roskilde (www.roskilde.dk) is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at www.workindenmark.dk. AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (http://www.au.dk/en/internationalcentre/ias/), and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Further information
Further information may be obtained by contacting Head of Section; Emission and Atmospheric Modelling, Senior Researcher Steen Solvang Jensen ssj@envs.au.dk / +4530183127 or Head of Department, Professor Carsten Suhr Jacobsen csj@envs.au.dk / +4587158701.

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

The aim of the Technical 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 Senior Researcher 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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Technical 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.

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

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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at www.au.dk/en

16 February 2020

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