Associate Professor in Renewable Energy System Engineering and Thermodynamics Aarhus University Denmark

Associate Professor in Renewable Energy System Engineering and Thermodynamics, Aarhus University 928783

The Department of Engineering Section for Mechanical Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark, has an open position as Associate Professor in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering and Thermodynamics. 

The position is available from February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Renewable Energy Systems group focuses their research on identifying key aspects of future energy systems based on renewable energy. In recent years, the group has pioneered a novel research methodology dubbed weather-driven modeling. The methodology revolves around deriving robust and fundamental aspects of the interactions between key technologies, e.g., wind, solar, transmission and storage to guide society’s transition to a new sustainable energy infrastructure based on renewables. The current research focus is on cross-sector coupling, the transition from conventional to renewable based energy systems, the effects of climate change on the energy system and on future energy markets.

The Department is looking for an Associate Professor who is able to continue and expand the current work on energy system engineering and handle applied aspects, in particular in relation to district heating, energy storage and conversion technologies.

Research profile
The applicant is expected to conduct applied research in the field of renewable energy system engineering. Of particular importance is experience with so-called weather-driven modeling, modeling and validation of wind and solar energy generation, energy transmission systems at both continental and distribution scale, cross-sector coupling of heat, power and gas infrastructure, system integration of energy storage, and a good working knowledge of various energy technologies, e.g., combined heat and power and district heating.

The applicant must hold a PhD degree in Engineering or Science and is expected to have 4 years of post-graduate research experience in the field of Renewable Energy System Engineering. Experience with research leadership, and the ability to define and manage research projects is an advantage as is a successful record of external research funding. The candidate must document a rising publication and citation record evidenced by appropriate bibliometric parameters in high-ranking journals, including but not limited to energy related journals. The ability to bring the research results into the public domain is a must, and strong communication skills (in English and Danish) are a clear advantage.

The research will be conducted through projects with external partners. Thus, experience from successful research collaboration with academia, public and private partners is preferred. A preexisting and growing international and Danish research network is expected from a successful applicant. The ability to conduct interdisciplinary research in collaboration with colleagues from other departments of the university will be seen as a plus.

The applicant will be required to supervise master and Ph.D. students, manage research projects and attract external research funding.

Teaching responsibilities
The applicant must have completed an up-to-date university teaching program and is expected to have experience with lectures, classroom teaching and supervision of individual research-based student projects at the M.Sc. level.

The applicant will be required to teach existing mechanical engineering related courses in thermodynamics and turbomachinery. These courses include some experimental elements. The applicant is expected to develop new, specialized course offerings within his/her field of specialty in the departments M.Sc. program as well as in an upcoming B.Sc. program and possibly PhD courses.

Department of Engineering, Aarhus University

Department of Engineering at Aarhus University ( was established in 2011 to promote and develop engineering research and education at Aarhus University. The department undertakes engineering research and education within all classic engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, computer, civil, architectural, chemical and biological engineering) in close collaboration with other departments at the university.  Department of Engineering offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment with many national and international collaborators from academia and the industry.

Aarhus University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 5-year recruitment plan to increase its activities significantly within research and education in the engineering sciences with the vision of bringing Aarhus University into the global engineering elite. Therefore, the University seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop Engineering at Aarhus University.

Associate Professor
Qualifications for the Associate Professor level at Aarhus University include a strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience. Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here


Your application must be in English and contain a complete CV including research activities, industrial R&D cooperation experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. In addition, a teaching plan/statement and a research plan (length of 2-3 pages each, including your planned future teaching and research directions) are required. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly. 

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Science and Technology, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information
For more information about the position, please contact Head of Mechanical Engineering, Henrik Myhre Jensen / +45 41893215 or Head of Department of Engineering, Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard / +45 21379470 Application procedureShort-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. Formalities and salary range Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 42,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at

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