Assistant Professor Water and Environmental Engineering

Aalborg University

Aalborg, Denmark 🇩🇰

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Section of the Built Environment at Aalborg University’s campus in Aalborg a position as Assistant professor is open for appointment from September 1st. 2021 or soon thereafter. The position is for 3 years. The position is opened within the Section of Marine and Environmental Engineering, which conducts research and teaching in marine and environmental engineering, water pollution, hydrology, and physical geography. The position is associated with the Urban Pollution Research Group. The Department of the Built Environment (BUILD) focuses on the technical and scientific disciplines within the built environment. Research areas span from Indoor Environment and Energy Efficient buildings, Wind Turbines, Structural Design, Structural Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Wave Energy to Traffic along with many other areas. The research is conducted in a national as well as an international research environment. The department takes on contract research for both public institutions and private companies. The research projects involve both theoretical research and in situ measurements along with laboratory experiments. As an employee at the Department of the Built Environment, you become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary collaborations.


The research is within the area of microplastic studies, a topic on which three tenure staff, three postdocs, nine PhD students, two research assistants, and two technicians at the moment are working. The main research of the assistant professor will be on microplastics in the environment with focus on quantification at sources, occurrence in the environment, and fate. The research will address a range of matrices, however with focus on the sediments and waters of aquatic environments, especially related to urban runoff. An important part hereof is analyzing and improving designs for urban and highway runoff pollution mitigation methods so that for example retention ponds can be better designed and engineered towards retaining microplastics. The research will furthermore cover analytical method development and improvement for this emergent pollutant. It is crucial that the candidate has experience with urban water engineering, urban hydrology, and urban runoff treatment systems in addition to microplastics quantification techniques.

An important part of the research is the improvement of methods for microplastic extraction from complex matrixes such as muddy sediments. Another part is on further developing the subsequent analysis of the extracted particles applying µFTIR imaging, targeting plastics down to a few micrometers in size. Here the focus is on analyzing and interpreting the big data which is produced by the µFTIR imaging. The applicant must have experience with microplastics analysis under clean and controlled conditions as well as experience on interpreting data obtained by µFTIR imaging.

We have a modern and well-equipped chemical lab for various environmental studies. The equipment we use for microplastic analysis is Agilent’s flagship for micro‐FTIR imaging, two 620 FTIR microscopes combined with Cary 670 FTIR spectrometers, equipped with 128×128 pixel FPAs. We furthermore have a Frontier Lab pyrolyzer coupled to a GC-MS, a Renishaw micro-Raman Spectrometer and a wide suite of supporting equipment.

Teaching will primarily be in Engineering within water and environment and natural geography, but also in other study programmes at the University. The successful candidate must document relevant teaching experience for similar curricula.

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Jes Vollertsen, phone +45 9940 8504 or by email  [email protected].

Qualification requirements
Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total in a temporary position (appointment at Assistant Professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).

The application must contain the following: 

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with, the position.
  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • A presentation of your research interests, teaching experience
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request, you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed you must include an explanation for its absence.
  • References/recommendations.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact HR Partner Lone Lund by email  [email protected] or phone +45 9940 3494.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here  


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

VACANCY NUMBER: 2021-224-03435

DEADLINE: 30/07/2021