Scientific career positions in Epigenetics, Bioinformatics and Ruminant Microbiome

Scientific career positions in Epigenetics, Bioinformatics and Ruminant Microbiome

Aarhus University (AU)

Tjele, Denmark

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for three assistant professor positions in 1) Epigenetics, 2) High throughput sequencing and bioinformatics and 3) Ruminant microbiome and its function, available from 1 January 2020 or soon thereafter.

Aarhus University offers talented scientists attractive career perspectives. Internationally excellent applicants at assistant professor/researcher level have the opportunity to achieve a tenure-track position, which means that the successful candidate will be appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position as associate professor or senior scientist. Internationally excellent applicants have the opportunity to apply for a competitive starting grant to boost the building of their research team.

The positions
The main activity will be research and research-based teaching, and to contribute as an expert consultant to the Danish authorities. The positions will strengthen and complement the Department’s strong research environment in different disciplines in animal science. The overall scope is to facilitate a sustainable and robust animal production with special focus on factors to support an efficient production and reproduction, disease prevention and reduced antibiotic use, reducing environmental and climate impact and the animals’ overall footprint.

The position in epigenetics includes building up and establishing an epigenetics platform at ANIS, based, first of all, on own equipment but also through collaborations. The research focus shall mainly be to reveal the role of modified gene expression through epigenetic regulation that is caused by a number of factors within ANIS’ key research areas, such as nutrition, management, environmental conditions and disease events. A period of particular interest for such studies is e.g. the pregnancy period during embryo and fetal development, studying such types of exposures and their role.

The position in high throughput sequencing and bioinformatics has major emphasis on bioinformatics analysis of next-generation sequencing data, i.e. sequence diversity analysis and whole genome assembly across animal species. The research focus will e.g. be on the great potential in new knowledge concerning the gastrointestinal microbiota in relation to host health and diseases. Furthermore, knowledge regarding the microbiota development and changes is required to support future sustainable and robust livestock production and the challenge of reducing antibiotic use.

The position in the ruminant microbiome and its function is dedicated specifically to the ruminant microbial community and metabolism. The research focus will e.g. be on the great potential in new knowledge concerning the rumen microbiota in relation to degradation of feedstuffs, digestive processes and rumen metabolism, host feed intake and nutrient utilisation with the aim to secure a sustainable production from healthy and high performance cows with a low environmental and climate impact.

The successful candidates are expected to take initiatives in interdisciplinary research together with national and international research and industry partners and to ensure external funding to establish a successful research programme and your own research team.

Further, you will have to, within your area of expertise, be responsible for teaching and supervising students at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels as well as technical staff. Furthermore, you will be responsible for providing research-based consultancy to authorities and for participating in knowledge exchange with society and industry.

The candidates
Qualifications for the assistant professor/tenure-track levels at Aarhus University include minimum two years’ experience at postdoc level with a relevant research profile and a strong scientific publication record in one or more of the areas of the positions as described above. Further information on Tenure Track can be found here.

Department of Animal Science (ANIS)
The mission of ANIS is to perform basic, strategic and applied research and innovation within the Department’s core activities: nutrition, health and welfare. The activities make up the science-based foundation for ANIS’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. ANIS has strong research units within Immunology and Microbiology, Molecular Nutrition and Reproduction, Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Animal Behaviour and Stress Biology, and Epidemiology and Management in which the core activities take place. The successful applicants will be working in the Research Units of Immunology and Microbiology or Molecular Nutrition and Reproduction but potentially have collaboration across ANIS.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Animal Science, to for information on the research unit and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

Place of employment and place of work
The place of employment is Aarhus University (AU), and the place of work is the Department of Animal Science, Science and Technology, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of Department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, email:, Head of Research Unit Henrik Callesen, phone: +45 8715 7989, email: or Head of Research Unit Charlotte Lauridsen, phone: +45 8715 8019, email:

Living in Denmark
Please visit the International Centre website ( for information about arriving to and living in Denmark for both the applicant and his/her potential family.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as [Assistant Professors /or Researcher] for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured [Associate Professorship/position as Senior Researcher].

The aim of the Science and Technology 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/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
Science and Technology 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.

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.

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

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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


19 May 2019

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