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Assistant Professors (tenure track) / Associate Professors in Mechanical Engineering Mechanics of Materials, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University 928803

The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University has a number of open positions as Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor within Mechanics of Materials at the Section of Mechanical Engineering. The positions are part of the Mechanical Engineering field. The University seeks innovative and visionary engineers/researchers capable of developing the discipline of Mechanics of Materials. The researchers must contribute to the current mechanical engineering domain at Aarhus University, where extensive research activities target experimental and theoretical contributions in the field of the mechanics of materials and structures.

The positions are available from February 1st 2018 or as soon as possible here after.

Research focus
The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong and visible research program in the area of interdisciplinary research and education on an international and national level in the general area of mechanics of materials, focusing in particular on the mechanics of interfaces and layered materials, fracture mechanics and adhesive bonding. Of special interests are the phenomena of the damage and crack growth initiation from free edges and corners, crack growth along heterogenous interfaces. Also design of damage tolerant layered materials, fracture in fibre composites and experimental mechanics and material characterization methods within the field are of current interest. The candidate is expected to contribute significantly to the strengthening of the current research activities as well as drive the continued build-up of an internationally competitive research group focused on the areas of materials mechanics. The candidate is expected to be able to compete for national and international research grants and to make important research contributions within the field of mechanical engineering. We seek applicants who excel in both teaching and research.

Required qualifications
  • PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field with focus on Fracture in adhesive bonding or composite materials.
  • Experience in academic leadership, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong record of professional and scholarly achievements.
  • In addition to a PhD degree, applicants should have at least 3 years of post-graduate research and publication experience.
  • Research leadership and ability to define and manage research projects is expected.
  • Participation in international and national networks of researchers as well as international project applications.
  • Industrial R&D cooperation.
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 centre of Aarhus. We have ambitious plans on increased activities in research, education as well as public and industrial cooperation. The Mechanical Engineering Section within the Department of Engineering has cooperation with universities, advisory service providers in more than 20 countries. The engineering field at Aarhus University is well established with extensive research activities, approximately 350 mechanical engineering students and a long tradition of industrial cooperation that we wish to extend significantly.

The candidate is required to teach relevant courses in the Engineering educational program, and the candidate is encouraged to establish new, specialized courses within mentioned fields at the B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. levels of the Mechanical Engineering program.

Tenure Track Program at Science and Technology
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Program. Highly qualified candidates will be appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position.

The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Program is to:
  • attract outstandingly talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • create transparency in the academic career path.
As part of the tenure track position, the candidate will be offered:
  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring program
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level.
As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Program, 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 will be 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 process.


Your application must be in English and contain a complete CV including research activities, industrial R&D cooperation experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. In addition, a teaching plan/statement and a research plan (length of 2-3 pages each, including your planned future teaching and research directions) are required. 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. Finally, indicate level (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) that you are applying for.

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 about the position, please contact Head of Mechanical Engineering, Henrik Myhre Jensen hmj@eng.au.dk / +45 41893215 or Head of Department of Engineering, Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard tst@eng.au.dk / +45 21379470
Application procedure
Short-listing 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.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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