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Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences - ANIS Ruminant Nutrition (RUN) - Faculty: Technical Sciences

Associate Professor in Applied Biotechnology and Metabolomics

Deadline 18 Dec 23:59 CET

Expected start 1 Jun

  • Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences - ANIS Ruminant Nutrition (RUN) Blichers Allé 20 8830 Tjele

  • Full-time position ID: 10527

The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for a position as associate professor in applied biotechnology and metabolomics from 1 June 2023 or soon thereafter.

The position

We seek a candidate with knowledge in analytical and metabolic aspects of plant secondary metabolites and their effect on animal and human health and the environment.

The candidate must have a deep understanding of techniques used for the extraction of bioactive components as well as techniques used for their quantification and identification. The candidate should have a strong background in analytical chemistry and nutrition and should be acquainted with the interdisciplinary principles of sustainability in animal production systems, including the interaction between e.g., plant secondary metabolites and emissions such as enteric methane.

The main activity will be to conduct and develop research, research-based teaching and to contribute as an expert consultant to the Danish authorities, mainly for The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark.

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

Your profile

Qualifications for the associate professor level at Aarhus University must include postdoctoral training or employment as a researcher or similar with a relevant research profile and a strong scientific publication record in one or more of the areas of the position as described above. This includes that you:
  • Have a MSc and PhD in biotechnology or/and metabolomics. 
  • Have experience in biotechnological techniques and experimentation. 
  • Have strong laboratory experience and have expertise in all the following analytical techniques: targeted and untargeted metabolomics using Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS), Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma- Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • The following will also be considered assets: demonstrated ability to produce publications and conduct independent research; ability to take on a leadership role within a small research team; student mentorship experience; strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Who we are

The mission of ANIVET 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 of ANIVET’S’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. The successful applicant will be placed in the Research Unit Ruminant Nutrition.

Please refer to Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (au.dk)for further information about the department,  to Ruminant Nutrition (au.dk)  for information on the research unit and to https://tech.au.dk/en/ and http://www.au.dk/en/ for information on the faculty of Technical Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of Department Charlotte Lauridsen, phone: +45 2443 9639, email: charlotte.lauridsen@anivet.au.dk, or Head of Research Unit Peter Lund, phone: +45 4015 7673, email: peter.lund@anivet.au.dk

Living in Denmark

Please visit the International staff website: https://internationalstaff.au.dk/prearrival/  for information about arriving to and living in Denmark for both the applicant and his/her potential family.

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 and Veterinary Sciences, AU Viborg, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus. 

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.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

Questions about the position?

Peter Lund

Peter Lund Professor - Section manager, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences - ANIS Ruminant Nutrition (RUN) +4540157673 peter.lund@anivet.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - HR Department +4593522614 nat-tech.HR.team2@au.dk


Deadline: Sunday 18 Dec 2022 at 23:59 CET