Aarhus University (AU)

Tenure track Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Environmental Remote Sensing

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Geoscience (DG), Aarhus University (a top-100 university internationally) in collaboration with the Aarhus University Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (iClimate) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) invites applications for a position at the tenure track Assistant Professor/Associate Professor level in Environmental Remote Sensing of Earth and planetary systems to begin on July 1, 2020.

The Research environment
The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff including faculty, externally funded researchers, post-docs, Ph.D. students, and administrative and technical staff. 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. DG has an outstanding research and teaching infrastructure including geochemical, sedimentological and micropalaeontological laboratories, HF-laboratory, a class 100 metal-free clean-laboratory, an XRF core scanner, and TCN dating facilities. The department also participates in iClimate – a multidisciplinary center bridging core-disciplines within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Technical Sciences.

The position and the candidate
DG together with iClimate and the DPA aims to strengthen research and teaching in the field of climate and environmental changes of the Earth using state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies. Coupled with modern analytical approaches involving machine learning and deep learning, remote sensing constitutes a powerful tool to better understand the fundamentals of Earth surface systems, including the climatically driven changes, and the nearby space environment that defines planetary boundary conditions. In particular, DG seeks a candidate focused on monitoring and analyzing the effects of climate changes on natural and human systems, and their societal relevance.
The successful candidate will have a strong research profile in remote sensing and space science methodologies, machine learning and deep learning, and big data-handling. Knowledge of the geological record of past climate systems and an understanding of climate physics is considered an asset. In addition, the candidate will have a strong record of academic achievements demonstrated by a significant number of original international publications and a documented ability to attract external funding from national and/or international funding agencies. Experience in setting up and leading interdisciplinary working groups is advantageous.

The appointee will have a Ph.D. in a natural science discipline and prior experience in teaching and student supervision at the university level. He/she will teach relevant courses at all levels in geoscientific disciplines at DG and DPA.

The candidate will be responsible for establishing a vibrant research environment in remote sensing at DG in close interdisciplinary collaboration with iClimate and the DPA, and to actively contribute to the ongoing research in Earth surface systems at DG. 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. 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. Applicants are encouraged to include their ORCID.

Place of work and area of employment
The primary place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information
Further information can be obtained from the acting 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.

Application deadline
All applications must be made online and received by March 31, 2020.

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.

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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.

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.

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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/

Application deadline
31 March 2020

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