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2021-224-03803 Assistant professor in Urban water

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment at Aalborg University’s campus in Aalborg a position as Assistant Professor in Urban Water is open for appointment from April 1, 2022 or soon hereafter. The position is for 4 years. 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.

Job description

Research areas will be within Urban Hydrology. Teaching will primarily be in Civil Engineering, Water and Environment and Physical Geography, but also in other study programmes at the University.

The research group of Urban Water has four tenure staff, one postdoc, one PhD student, one research assistant, and two technicians who currently are working on both research and education. The main research of the assistant professor will be on urban hydrology with focus on interaction between storm drainage system and groundwater, flood modelling, Real-time modelling of urban storm drainage. An important part of research is to develop new methods and models, which can describe the complex interaction of hydrological subsystems in an urban setting.

It is important that the candidate has documented experience within the urban water engineering, urban hydrology, and hydrodynamics. Furthermore, the candidate also has to have experience with making, deploying and operation of loT sensors for parameters such as level, flow, rain etc. As the research group code their own models in C, Python, and Matlab, it is beneficial to have an experience with programming in these languages. Also, experience with use of other commercial models, such as Modflow/GMS, MIKE models, COMSOL and GIS models is preferable. A combination of CFD models and physical sensors are used to design the next generation of hydrological surveillance systems. The research will contribute to the further development of this technology.

As the position of assistant professor also includes a substantive involvement in the teaching and supervision within the university programs Water and environment, Environmental Technology, Biology, Chemistry and physical geography, the successful candidate that document the relevant teaching experience and merits for similar curricula will be an advantage. We have a modern and well-equipped Environmental hydraulics lab and several field experimental sites for various environmental studies. The laboratory has advanced sensors such as weather radars, disdrometers, loT, Drones, LDA sensors and access to recirculation flumes and wave tanks.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate professor Søren Liedtke Thordahl, phone +45 9940 8475, by e-mail st@build.aau.dk

For further information about the department click here.

Qualification requirements:

Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar. The research potential of each applicant will be evaluated in the overall assessment.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total in a temporary position (appointment of an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).

The application must contain the following: 

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, your 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). If requested, you can 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 five publications.
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications related 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 the 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 Camilla B. Bock by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9582.

More detailed 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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