Villum Young Investigator

Aarhus University
Roskilde, Denmark
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Work at one of Scandinavia’s best universities for Environmental research

The Department for Environmental Science would like to collaborate with ambitious postdoctoral researchers with excellent research track records on Villum Young Investigator Grants in 2020 and onwards. The department conducts research and advisory activities within the following areas: Atmospheric Pollutions, Environmental Pollutants and Ecosystem services – you can read more here:

Specifically, the department is keen to host potential candidates to work on projects related to the following topics:

  • Arctic research
  • Integrated spatial modelling of land-use, water and air quality, integrating natural and social scientific model and data
  • Circular resource flows / circular economy
  • Atmospheric pollution and impacts on human health
  • Environmental DNA, microbiology
  • Remediation of water and soil
  • Climate change, mitigation and adaptation
  • Sustainable energy and environment

The Villum Young Investigator Programme

The Villum Young Investigator Programme is an early career programme which aims to fund talented researchers in technical and natural sciences. The grant amount is DKK 7-10 million to cover a research period of up to five years. A Villum Young Investigator grant is expected to be a “defining grant”, i.e. a grant that enables the grantee to establish his/her first own research group and allows the grant recipient to demonstrate the applicant’s independent leadership in science.

At the time of the application deadline candidates must have 2-8 years of research experience since completion of their PhD’s. Applicants are typically experienced postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors or associate professors. Associate professors must have no more than two years' standing. Applicants are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments, creativity and potential for becoming research leaders.

What can we offer?

Online communication to introduce you to Aarhus University (AU), the Villum Young Investigator programme, and your AU potential supervisor and research group. We will assist you with developing and fine-tuning your topic description and application to maximise your chances of success. The Villum Young Investigator application is to be submitted by June 2020 and if the application is successful the two-year period will start in the beginning of 2021.

Who we are looking for and how to apply

We expect you to have an excellent research track record and be enthusiastic about at least one of the above mentioned research areas, academically curious and open minded towards the diversity of research approaches to deal with environmental and biological issues. In order to decide whether you meet this profile, please email us a synopsis of a research proposal you wish to work on (1 page) and your CV and list of publications, h-index, citations, impact factor, participation in conferences, any attracted funding, etc. In your application, include the name of a researcher from the Department of Environmental Science who you think would be a suitable supervisor for your potential project. Please email these documents no later than 15.03.2020 to John Jacobsen,  .

Who are we?

Aarhus University ranks among the top ten universities founded within the past 100 years and is currently number 65 on the Shanghai ranking list. AU educates 39,000 students and about 1,800 PhD students with 11,000 permanent staff. The Department of Environmental Science consists of 170 employees and provides an excellent environment for younger researchers to thrive and to work on projects of interest to them with active mentoring from senior research staff. We are located near Copenhagen and you can easily reach both the city centre and Copenhagen airport by public transportation.

If you have any questions you are very welcome to contact John Jacobsen,   / +45 93508383.