Scientific Positions

Full Professor in Fluid Dynamics and Building Ventilation 990100

The Department of Engineering (ENG) of Aarhus University (AU) is looking for a full Professor to strengthen our research in ventilation and Fluid Dynamics in Civil & Architectural Engineering. The professor’s responsibility is to improve our experimental facilities and research conducted therein. Also there is task to get the ventilation research closer connected to both bachelor and master students.

The positions are available from January 1st 2019 or as soon as possible here after.

The professor's main activity will be to conduct and develop research, establish research-based teaching, and to consolidate our newly moved experimental facilities in the field.

The main research area is fluid dynamic and building ventilation with focus on e.g. optimal indoor climate and air quality, smart ventilation modelling, design and control for air distribution in room and precision zone ventilation in industrial production application. With this professorship ENG wants to strengthen the academic leadership of this area, and to enhance research and innovation nationally as well as internationally. The professor is expected to stimulate, and coordinate research and innovation activities on air dynamics and building ventilation, development of innovative ventilation techniques in closed collaboration with industry with special emphasis health working environments and green production housing. Finally, the professor will have to act as head of a research group, participate in knowledge exchange with society and industry, raise external funding and participate in supervision of PhD students and post-doctoral training, and be responsible for the educational guidance of assistant professors as well as developments of the research group and research lab.

The ideal candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the Civil Engineering research programme in general, and in particular to further develop the existing research group in Fluid Dynamics and Building Ventilation. More specifically, the candidate is expected to:
  • Be able to drive an internationally competitive research activities, and/or contribute to strengthening the current research activities.
  • Hold an exceptionally strong research profile demonstrating his/her international stature in Ventilation technology.
  • Have an internationally recognized research profile in Ventilation.
  • Have significant teaching experience in the domain on both MSc and PhD level.
  • Document a strong track record in external funding, and a vision on how to further develop this trajectory together with national and international network.
  • Develop and enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration within the Department, and between the Department and relevant national and international research communities.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate a distinguished publication record evidenced by appropriate bibliometric parameters in prestigious ventilation- and environmental-related journals. A pre-existing strong international research network is required from successful candidates, along with experience in attracting new research funding. A long-term strategic research plan must also be included in the application. The candidate will be required to teach existing civil engineering related courses and to develop new, specialized course offerings within his/her field of specialty in the departments BSc and MSc programme in Civil & Architectural engineering.

About us
The engineering field in Aarhus University is changing with a rapid growth in student population, major research initiatives as well as through the establishment of a number of new physical facilities in the city center of Aarhus. We have ambitious plans for increased activities in research and education, as well as public and industrial cooperation. Engineering at Aarhus University is well established with extensive research activities, approximately 650 Civil and Architectural engineering students, and a long tradition of industrial cooperation. We offer an international environment with space to grow your research disciplines and to build new curriculum.
The Civil and Architectural Engineering section is based in “Navitas” – Aarhus’ new centre for innovation, education and energy. Navitas is an open and vivid house with more than 2,000 students, staff teachers and researchers and about 400-600 company employees associated with INCUBA Science Park. This will create great opportunities for synergies between businesses and academia as well as research and development with a key focus on energy.
Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city (European Capital of Culture for 2017) is a university city, and Aarhus University being a top-100 university, with a large central campus is the largest university in Denmark with a long tradition of excellent interdisciplinary research with close industry collaboration. Aarhus regularly features in the list of top-10 happiest cities in the world.
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Your application must contain a visionary research statement with concrete research proposals, a teaching statement, a CV including current research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Both research and teaching statements should not be longer than 5 pages in length each. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly.

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Science and Technology, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Søren Wandahl ( / +4541893216) or Head of Department of Engineering, Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard ( / +4521379470).

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. (in Danish).

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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