Professorship in Molecular Nutrition at Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University: Denmark

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants to apply for a professorship in the area of molecular nutrition. The position is available from 1 February 2020.

The Position

With the professorship in Molecular Nutrition, the Department of Animal Science (ANIS) underpins the dedication of being among the top universities in the world with regard to animal science. The professorship should support the development of nutritional research at a molecular level that includes research in the borderline between animal and human nutrition. There is a great potential in the development of knowledge concerning the molecular aspects of nutrition with special emphasis on the metabolism and mechanisms of nutritive and non-nutritive bioactive components. With the professorship, ANIS wants to strengthen the academic leadership of this area and to enhance research and innovation nationally as well as internationally. The professorship will be responsible for the development of new molecular tools with data analytical methods in relation to nutrition and physiology.

The professor will be responsible for attracting external funding, participate in providing research-based consultancy to authorities, secure collaboration and knowledge exchange with industry and society and will be responsible for teaching and supervising students at bachelor, master and PhD levels as well as young researchers and technical staff.



Qualifications for a full professor level at Aarhus University include, for example, a very strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration as well as teaching and supervision experience. Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here (


Department of Animal Science (ANIS)

The mission of ANIS is to perform basic, strategic and applied research and innovation within the department’s core activities: nutrition, health and welfare. The activities make up the science-based foundation of ANIS’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. ANIS includes strong research units within immunology and microbiology, molecular nutrition and reproduction, animal nutrition and physiology, animal behaviour and stress biology and epidemiology and management in which areas the core activities take place. The successful applicants will be working in the Section of Molecular Nutrition and Reproduction but will have responsibilities across ANIS.

Please refer to for further information on The Department of Animal Science, for information on the research unit and and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

Further information on the position can be obtained from Head of Department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail: and Head of Section Knud Erik Bach Knudsen, phone +45 8715 8063, e-mail:

Interviews for potential candidates will be conducted in week 43 (21-25 October).


Living in Denmark

Please visit the International Centre website ( for information on arriving and living in Denmark for both the applicant and his/her family.


Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU Campus, 8000 Aarhus.


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

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. (

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. (


Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

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