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Head of Operations Position – CO2 Research Center, Aarhus, Denmark – Nov 2021

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Aarhus University invites applications for a Head of Operations Position for a new Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center, Denmark – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: Head of Operations
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 14, 2021(GMT +1)
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Dean's Office Ny Munkegade 120
Natural Sciences
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus C,

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Qualification Details

You have a Master or a PhD in a relevant natural science field and preferably experience from the university world and/or experience in administrative and strategic management service. You have strong analytical skills, strategic sense, and willingness to take initiative and follow through. You have strong motivational, interpersonal skills and are a good listener, maintaining an overview in a busy and varied everyday life. You possess a high degree of independence, are solution-oriented, and have a sense of planning and prioritizing, as well as a sense of purpose. In addition, you are a strong and clear communicator in Danish as well as English in both writing and speaking and will easily fit into an international environment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Come and be part of the new NNF CO2 Research Center team to unlock the power of science and technology!


As Head of Operations for the CO2 Center, you are expected to:

  • build up the Center strategy and set up milestones for the Center’s operation in collaboration with the Center leadership team
  • be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center
  • assist in coordinating research activities, Center building operations, and Center cohesion
  • account for the Center’s budget and preparing Center reports, including annual and financial reports
  • monitor Center performance and achievements
  • be the ‘to-go-to’ person for outside interface with Center research
  • coordinate the advertisement and solicitation of proposals for the Strategic Funding Pool competition, and be organizing and documenting the external and internal review process.
  • be the ‘chief of staff’, the personnel manager of the Center.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: 7074
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Documents Required

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Aarhus University is a signatory of the Danish government’s charter regarding the appointment of more women in management. Both women and men are encouraged to apply. No one will have priority, and all applicants will be assessed in accordance with the requirement profile for the position.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

About the Center

The CO2 Research Center is a new, mission‐oriented Center based with its hub at Aarhus University and satellite institutions at the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Stanford University, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), University of Tromsø and Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen.

The CO2 Research Center’s purpose is to develop novel science for CO2 capture and CO2 conversions for storage or utilization to replace fossil carbon and fossil fuel‐intensive processes with sustainable, CO2‐based technologies. The ambition is to be recognized among the top three international science and technology centers for mitigating CO2‐based climate change. In steady state, the Center is expected to collectively include more than 20 research groups with 150 researchers (PhD students, postdocs, and staff).

The Center will pursue distinctively collaborative approaches between the chemical and life sciences. The Center will connect university‐based research with open‐science platforms for innovation with industry partners. The activities will focus on the full value chain and bringing together world‐leading research in capture technologies, chemical CO2 conversion, and life sciences CO2 conversion. Thereby, the Center will strengthen Danish industry competitiveness and enhance the impact of the science developed. The Center will have a comprehensive and inclusive outreach and education program targeting academia, industry, policy makers, journalists, and the public.

The Head of Operations will report to the Executive Director, and is a key member of the Center leadership team jointly with the  Communications Officer, the Education Officer, the Outreach Officer, and the Technology and Industrial Relations Officer.  The management team will be supported by three scientific advisors as well as an Administrative Assistant. The Head of Operations is also the ‘chief of staff’, the personnel manager of the Center.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Other details


  • An exciting, varied workday with daily contact to many different people in an international and creative research environment
  • A professional, but informal work environment
  • Independent responsibility and opportunity for a large managerial room to maneuver.
  • A broad contact surface among administrative colleagues throughout the University.
  • Opportunity for skill development

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.


Salary and terms as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Dean Eskild Holm Nielsen at email: or mobile: + 45 2122 9511 or Dean Kristian Pedersen at email: or mobile: + 45 2011 7477 or senior recruitment consultant from Hartmanns - Erik Bernskov at email: or mobile: + 45 4121 1329.

The application deadline is November 14, 2021 via the Aarhus University website. The recruitment process is in collaboration with Hartmanns, who will hold preliminary interviews.

Interviews at Aarhus University are planned for week 47 (1st and 2nd interview). Applicants invited for a second interview will be expected to participate in a personality profile test in week 47.Expected start in the position is January 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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