Faculty Position Aarhus University Denmark

2 Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor Positions – Mechatronics, Robotics, System Dynamics


The Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering (MPE) at Aarhus University is expanding its research and teaching activities in the field of “Mechatronics, Robotics, and System Dynamics” and invites applications for two Tenure-track Assistant / Associate Professor position within the Section of “Mechatronics, Robotics, and System Dynamics” – 2022

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General Info

Position: Tenure-track Assistant / Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 6 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering (MPE)

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

The position can be either as Tenure-track Assistant professor or as Associate professor. Additional requirements for applicants at the Associate level are mentioned below.

  • A PhD or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or in a relevant subject area.
  • A strong research track record and high-quality publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrate leadership in establishing an internationally competitive research group. Applicants for the Associate Professor Position, should have experience in supervision of PhD students and/or postdoctoral research.
  • Compete for national and international research grants and make important research contributions. Applicants for the Associate Professor Position, should demonstrate a track record of attracting research funding from government and/or private sources.
  • Excel in both teaching and research. Applicants for the Associate Professor Position, should have experience in teaching Bachelors and/or Masters-level courses relevant to Mechanical and Production Engineering, and be able to document pedagogical training.
  • Establish strong industrial R&D cooperation. Prior experience in establishing industry collaborations is desirable.
  • Bring research results into the public domain. The candidates should have strong communication skills in English. It is a clear advantage if the candidates have the ability or are willing to develop their communication skills in Danish.

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 center of Aarhus. We have ambitious plans on increased activities in research, education as well as public and industrial cooperation. The Mechanical and Production Engineering Department within the Faculty of Technical Sciences has cooperation with universities and advisory service providers in more than 20 countries. The engineering field at Aarhus University is well established with extensive research activities, approximately 700 mechanical engineering students and a long tradition of industrial cooperation that we wish to extend significantly.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The MPE Department seeks an innovative and visionary engineer/researcher capable of establishing an internationally recognized research group and delivering research-based teaching at the Bachelors, Masters & PhD levels. The successful candidate is expected to establish strong and visible research programs, develop strong local and international research collaborations, successfully attract external funding, and contribute to our mechanical engineering bachelor and master programs with teaching at an international level.  For these two open positions, we are seeking candidates within the broad area of Mechatronics, Robotics, and System Dynamics. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Mechanical System dynamics: modelling, identification, and real-time control
  • Flexible robotic cells: design, automation, and control
  • Mobile robots:  unmanned ground vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Soft and bio-inspired robotic systems

We specifically encourage candidates with an interdisciplinary research profile that can strengthen our strategic research activities within Green transition, Digitalization, and Health in the MPE Department and the University. Candidates that can demonstrate the potential for industrial application of their research and the experience and skills of artificial intelligence (e.g. machine learning) with applications to the above topics will have a significant advantage.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8341

Application Procedure

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.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:

  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, 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 is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

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.

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Contact details

For more information about the position contact Head of Department, Anders Brandt ([email protected] / +45 2912 5815) or Head of Section Xuping Zhang ([email protected] / +45 41893167).

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