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Associate Professor in Water and Environment (2021-224-03535 )

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of The Built Environment in Aalborg a position as Associate Professor in Water and Environment is open for appointment from December 1, 2021 or soon thereafter. 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

Job description

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 objective of the position is to further strengthen the department’s activities within analytical methods for its quantification as well as understanding sources, occurrence, and fate of microplastics in natural and man-made environments.

The candidate should have a background in chemistry and experience with analytical techniques such as µFTIR microscopy with hyperspectral image analysis, µRaman spectroscopy, and pyrolysis GC-MS. The candidate must have a strong background and proven record within the quantification of microplastics in various matrices covering large as well as small microplastics. The candidate must further have experience in managing large research projects on a day-to-day basis and a good academic record within microplastics research.

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 128x128 pixel FPAs. We furthermore have a Frontier Lab pyrolyzer coupled to a GC-MS, a Renishaw Raman microscope 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, +45 9940 8504, jesvollertsen@build.aau.dk

Qualification requirements 

The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor, but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

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

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

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 on 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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