Professor in Molecular Environmental Microbiology
Aarhus University Department of Environmental Science

Professor in Molecular Environmental Microbiology

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Risø Campus, Denmark invites applications for a position as a full professor in molecular microbial ecology. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, subject to negotiation. For the right candidate the faculty will be able to provide a start package to ease the transfer of a research group.

The Department of Environmental Science
Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research are conducted related to 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, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 140 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information is found at The department is co-located with part of Department of Bioscience, at Risø Campus, in Roskilde 35 kilometers west of Copenhagen.

The professor will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology. The unit employs approximately 30 staff members, focusing on microorganisms as providers of ecosystem services (e.g. C-sequestration, contaminant degradation) in soil and groundwater, Arctic/ice surface microbiota and its influence on climate and ice melting, use of eDNA for environmental monitoring of microorganisms and microfauna, aeromicrobiology, presence/phylogeny of virulence factors in bacteria, sustainable cycling of resources (circular bioeconomy). The section offers access to well-equipped molecular microbiology laboratories with Illumina DNA-sequencing platforms (MiSeq and NextSeq), as well as a new advanced Nano pore sequencer. New advanced servers are available for doing bioinformatics analysis. The section share coffee-machine and breakfast room with the section for environmental chemistry and toxicology with great collaborative opportunities within advanced chemical analysis including proteomics and metabolomics.

Description of the position

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Take a leading role in further development of the externally funding of molecular environmental microbiology research.
  • Take a leading role in the future building of the department with equality and diversity at its core. This includes talent development within the field molecular environmental microbiology by supervising graduate students, post docs and tenure track scientist.
  • Develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, and bridge with other departments at the university, as well as relevant national and international research communities.
  • Take part in building teaching activities/courses within environmental science in the main campus in Aarhus.

Qualification requirements

The position requires a background in molecular microbial ecology – within the research fields already undertaken in the section or within adjacent research areas with possibility for fruitful collaborative research. It is highly desirable that the candidate has strong experience in new and classic methods in environmental microbiology, including RNA/DNA sequencing and bioinformatics.

Applicants should have several years of highly productive post-graduate research after completed PhD, and strong publication experience. A significant track-record of successful external research funding, as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals are required. Publications with high-level publishers (according to BFI (The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator) of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science) are also recognized.

A demonstrated research leadership and ability to attract grand research projects and to successfully supervise PhD students and Master theses/Bachelor projects is required. The successful applicant must have proven extensive international research collaboration (e.g. joint papers and proposals) and have an ability to provide inspiration and guidance for colleagues. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. In addition, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for values of equality, diversity and inclusion. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams and believes in creating an attractive work/life balance in her/his research group.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, Risø Campus in Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( 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 AU International Center offers a full range of services to make the transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Other information

English is the working language at the department for many of the researchers. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it is desirable that international employees are able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates (and their partners) are offered Danish courses.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor and Head of Department Carsten Suhr Jacobsen (; +45 85178501) or Head of Section Anders Johansen (; +45 87158586).


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

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.

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.

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