Professor in Hydrogeophysics

Aarhus University
Aarhus, Denmark
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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31 December 2020
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The Department of Geoscience (DG), Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applicants for a faculty position at the Professor level in Hydrogeophysics. The position is to begin on 1 March 2021 or shortly hereafter. We are searching for an outstanding, internationally recognized scientist in the fields of electrical and electromagnetic methods and the use of geophysical data in water resource modelling and other environmental applications. The successful candidate will take a leadership of our renowned interdisciplinary hydrogeophysical research group.

The department

The Department of Geoscience currently employs around 110 staff including faculty, externally funded researchers, post-docs, Ph.D. students, and administrative and technical personnel. DG has a strong research profile spanning a broad range of geological and geophysical disciplines including Water, Climate and Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, and Deep Earth Systems. We have an outstanding research and teaching infrastructure including geophysical, geochemical, sedimentological and micropalaeontological laboratories, HF-laboratory, a class 100 metal-free clean-laboratory, and TCN dating facilities. We also have the largest and most modern pool of hydrogeophysical electromagnetic research instruments in the world. The department participates in numerous multidisciplinary research projects and centers such as WATEC bridging core-disciplines within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Technical Sciences.

The position and the candidate

The Professor will contribute to research and teaching in the field of hydrogeophysics focusing on the shallow subsurface. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to (1) basic development of controlled source electromagnetic (EM) methods involving hardware and modelling software, (2) application of electromagnetic methods for imaging of shallow geological structures, (3) integrating geophysical data in hydrogeological modelling, and (4) using geophysical information to solve environmental issues of societal relevance.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise at the highest international level in the following areas:

  • Research and development within controlled source EM methods, airborne and groundbased
  • Research and development within forward and inverse EM modelling
  • Research and development within water resource modelling with extensive usage of EM geophysical models
  • Interdisciplinary research and development integrating geological, geochemical, hydrological and geophysical data for environmental applications

The appointee will fulfil the following criteria:

  • Ph.D. degree in a natural science discipline
  • Experience in management of research at all levels
  • Experience in establishing partnerships and collaboration with academic, state and industrial partners
  • Strong record of international peer-reviewed publications with high citation index
  • Strong record of relevant academic teaching and student supervision at all levels
  • Documented ability to attract significant external funding for research
  • Experience with interdisciplinary approaches to research
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relationships skills.

The candidate will be responsible for leading a vibrant research environment of about 25 academics, actively contribute to the ongoing research in hydrogeophysics, and develop strong synergy with other relevant research groups at DG. He/she will teach relevant courses at all levels focusing on electrical and electromagnetic methods, and supervise B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. Cooperation with private industry, engagement in public sector consultancy, generating significant external funding for research, and involvement in public outreach are all expected.

We encourage all genders to apply and make a specific note in the CV about previous maternity/paternity leaves of absence. In the case of equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to female candidates. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion. It is expected that the appointee will acquire, within three years, proficiency in Danish sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in departmental and university administration.

Place of work
The place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, Aarhus University.

The beautiful Aarhus University campus is located close to the downtown of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark with about 400 000 inhabitants. It has a lively and charming downtown close to the Aarhus Bay at the Baltic Sea. In Denmark schools, higher education and health care are free. 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 and find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Application deadline
All applications must be made online and received by 31 December 2020. The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Further information
Further information can be obtained from the Head of Department Professor Jan A. Piotrowski
Pone: +45 87156409.

For more information about the Department see and about the hydrogeophysics research group

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 Formalities and salary range
Natural 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 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.

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.

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.
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