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Assistant Professor in Systems Risk Modeling (2021-224-03572 )

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment at Aalborg University’s campus in Systems Risk Modeling from September 1, 2021or soon hereafter. This is a 4 years full-time position. The position will be within the research group Risk, Resilience, Safety and Sustainability of Systems in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management section, and located at Aalborg Main Campus, <a href="https://www.en.build.aau.dk/research/research-groups/risk-resilience-and-sustainability-in-the-built-environment/"> See link</a>. Risk, Resilience, Safety and Sustainability of Systems research group does collaborate with research, research-based education, and technology development for public and private partners.

Job description

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 Department of the Built Environment at Aalborg University is looking for an Assistant Professor to join our research group on Risk, Resilience, Safety and Sustainability of Systems, which performs research and teaching within the domains of risk, reliability, and resilience in engineering and risk management.   The position requires research experience and skills in the following areas:

  • Probabilistic Agent-Based modeling for egress and occupancy conditions for risk assessment in public and private spaces.
  • Risk-Based Inspection of offshore structure in the energy industry: oil and gas, and wind industry
  • Structural Reliability and Risk in engineering
  • Probabilistic system and scenario modeling.

The research domains are within civil engineering but not limited to the engineering domain, considering risk management, risk-informed decision-making and technology development for risk assessment.

The Risk, Resilience, Safety and Sustainability of Systems research group has a key role in leading the Danish Center for Risk and Safety Management (see link) and the Master in Risk and Safety Management (see link) and due to this context, the position requires documented previous experience and related knowledge for teaching the following topics:

  • Risk analysis in management
  • Risk assessment tools in risk management: qualitative, quantitative, and simulation-based methods and tools.
  • Risk assessment in engineering
  • Simulation of evacuation and agent-based modeling

From a general perspective, the position involves:

  • Research in the areas above
  • Management and coordination of research activities
  • Writing applications and support efforts to apply for research funding
  • Involvement in (and development of) collaborations with industrial partners in the public and private sectors.
  • Teaching, assessment of master’s semester project, and support supervision of students at the master level.

You may obtain further information about the academic contents of the position from Professor Michael Havbro Faber mfn@build.aau.dk
or from the research group leader Professor John Dalsgaard Sørensen jdas@build.aau.dk

Information about the Department can be found on the following website: https://www.build.aau.dk/

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).

It is advantageous to have documented previous teaching experience in most of the above-mentioned teaching topics and having experience supervising master students working on risk management and risk assessment. Due to education in the master’s in risk and safety management and civil engineering program, It is also relevant to have:

  • Teaching experience in risk analysis from the management and engineering perspective.
  • Teaching experience and knowledge in qualitative and quantitative risk assessment tools for risk management: hazard identification, causal-and-frequency analysis, consequence-sequence of scenarios, barrier-safeguards analysis, human reliability analysis, simulated-based tools, and other multi-purpose tools (risk ranking, risk matrix-heat maps)

It is relevant to have teaching experiences in digital education and related tools, such as content management systems (Moodle as the official content management system at Aalborg University) and teaching strategies coupling the tools for digital education, e.g., Moodle (Quiz, databases), programming, risk assessment, and decision making-related software.

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.
  • 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 Lundt by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk 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.

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