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Professor in Biorefining (2021-224-03714)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, AAU Energy, a position as Professor in Biorefining is open for appointment from 1st January 2022 or soon hereafter. Aalborg University contributes to the knowledge building of the global society as well as the development of prosperity, welfare and culture of Danish society. This is accomplished through research, research-based education, public sector services and knowledge collaboration. Aalborg University educates students for the future and activities are based on a dynamic and transformative collaboration with the surrounding community. AAU Energy is a dynamic engineering research department in continuous growth and inspiring surroundings. AAU Energy has a very international environment and covers all areas of clean and sustainable energy systems of the future within electrical, thermal and mechatronic energy technology. AAU Energy has campuses in both Aalborg and Esbjerg. The mission is to be world leading in both research and research-based education of the energy engineers of the future. AAU Energy has approx. 300 employees of many nationalities, of which 25 are administrative staff. In addition, AAU Energy constantly has approx. 50-70 guest researchers from around the world. Research and teaching are in the absolute world elite in the field of energy, and we have extensive and leading workshop and laboratory facilities, where research and innovation are carried out in direct collaboration with industry to a great extent.

Job description

The position is offered in relation to the research program of Biorefineries and Bioprocessing and the professor will be positioned to the section of AAU Energy at AAU Esbjerg Campus. The succcesful candidate will be a central figure in developing the Biorefining Signature Profile at AAU Esbjerg Campus, where the position is located.

The position requires research qualifications at Doctor level within the following research fields of the Department: chemical engineering/energy technology/applied microbiology, including experience in running experimental research labs with high level of analytical capabilities, high pressures, microbial lab and pilot scale equipment. The applicant should have experienced leading research groups.

Research competences should include significant experience in developing biorefinery systems using residual (waste) biomasses, aquatic biomasses, and halophyte plants. This should include experience in developing core biorefinery processes such as biomass extraction and fractionation, biomass hydrolysis, and conversion of biomass carbohydrate fractions to bio-chemicals and bioenergy by microbial fermentation – preferably both in lab and pilot scale. The candidate should also have experience in biorefinery systems modelling and evaluation. 

The candidate must have substantial experience in biomass characterization and bioactivity analysis including determination of microbial primary and secondary metabolites using methods such as HPLC, GC, GCMS, ICP, DPPH, Folin Ciocalteu, Kirby-Bauer etc. 

The candidate must document a strong international profile and experience in attracting research funding. 

Teaching will primarily be in the areas of Bioengineering topics, Fermentation processes and Biorefining Technologies at B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. level. Teaching at other study programs within AAU may occur. Experience with problem-based learning (PBL) which is Aalborg University’s main teaching philosophy is prioritized. 

The applicant should hold a PhD in applied Microbiology or Biorefining/Bioengineering research fields and have extended research at a high international research level. Teaching competences and experience must be documented in a portfolio or otherwise.

You may obtain further professional information from Head of AAU Energy, Professor Lasse Rosendahl, lar@energy.aau.dk

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Qualification requirements:

The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate’s undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered 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-Servicecentre EST Mathilde Vestergaard by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here  


Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given. 

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