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2021-224-03812 Assistant Professor in Coastal Engineering

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 Coastal Engineering is open for appointment from 01.02.2022 or soon hereafter and for a period of 4 years. This is a parttime position (30 hours a week). 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 coastal engineering. Teaching will be mainly in Civil and Structural Engineering, but also other programs at the university.

The position is opened in the Ocean and Coastal Engineering Research Group, a group that today consists of 5 tenure staff, 2 postdocs, 1 PhD student, 2 lab technicians and a handful of master students. The research group conduct research within the field of ocean waves and hydrodynamic modelling, with particular focus on marine renewables and coastal structures. The research is primarily carried out through externally funded collaborative projects, involving both private and public organizations. The group has a modern and well-equipped laboratory including a wave basin and a wave flume.

The research areas for the position will be within maritime structures, in specific primarily within coastal structures such as breakwaters and wind turbines. The main research area will be experimental and numerical testing of the hydrodynamic response of such structures. Coastal structures are often exposed to depth limited wave conditions, and thus waves are highly nonlinear and thus correct generation and analysis hereof put high demands on the methodologies used in the physical (and numerical) model. The applicant might thus also contribute to further development of our state-of-the-art wave generation and analysis software packages AwaSys and WaveLab.

We thus look for an applicant with research focus in experimental and numerical modelling of coastal structures and especially within breakwaters and offshore wind turbines. Experience in shallow water waves and generation and analysis hereof will be positively evaluated. The applicant must also be expected to be involved with several coastal engineering consultancy projects carried out in our laboratory and thus experience herewith will also be positively evaluated.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Thomas Lykke Andersen, +45 9940 8486, tla@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).

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-Servicecenter by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk.

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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