Assistant / Associate Professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Aarhus University

Assistant Professors (tenure track) / Associate Professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Engineering (ENG), Aarhus University (AU) invites applications for a number of positions as Assistant Professors (tenure track) / Associate Professors in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The University has made an ambitious strategic investment in a 2025-year recruitment plan to increase its activities significantly within research and education in the engineering sciences with the vision of bringing AU into the global engineering elite. As of 1 January 2021, ECE will become a department within the Faculty of Technical Sciences to further reinforce the growth strategy. Therefore, the University seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop ECE at Aarhus University.

The positions are available from May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Responsibilities include developing an innovative strategic research agenda together with colleagues and external partners, nurturing and leading excellent research activities, contributing to an inspiring and industrially relevant education at undergraduate and graduate levels and expanding industrial collaboration.

The announced positions will support the strategic agenda of the university by extending the current range of strong competences in ECE within the below listed key disciplines and thereby supporting technologies like Internet of Things, digital twins, 5G mobile communications, space-ground integrated networks, vehicular communications, artificial intelligence, brain computing, and future electronics.

Assistant professors (tenure track) /Associate professors are sought in the research areas of - with focus on the sub-disciplines mentioned below:
  • Software Systems – for example focusing on real-time, hardware/software co-design, reconfigurable computing, optimization, digital twins, as well as founded methods and tools for the construction and testing of the software artefacts inside software-intensive systems.
  • Communication Technology – for example focusing on communication fundamentals, protocols, information theory and coding, artificial intelligence in communications, network security, wireless communication, system design, and ultra-reliable, low latency and high bandwidth communication.
  • Electronics – for example focusing on digital circuits and systems including topics like VLSI (FPGA/ASIC) for system-on-a-chip (SoC), network-on-a-chip, architectures for high-performance/future computing paradigms, control or high-speed/bandwidth electronics.
For each of the positions, it is crucial that candidates hold a deep understanding of real-world systems and application domains such as (but not limited to) energy, healthcare, agriculture, space and industrial control.

The positions will be anchored in the new ECE department, and the candidates are expected to work closely with other researchers/groups within the department as well as with external stakeholders. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team is essential.

Successful candidates must have a PhD in electrical/computer engineering, or a closely related field. The candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and must be proficient in written and spoken Danish, or demonstrate a willingness to learn Danish within a 3-4 year period. Relevant industrial R&D experience is an asset. Further expectations for the various levels of appointment are:

Assistant Professor: Candidates must demonstrate potential for outstanding research and teaching. Postdoctoral training or similar is required.

Associate Professor: Candidates must have an outstanding record of research accomplishment, an established record of external funding (is preferred), and concomitant strong evidence of emerging leadership in their field.

In both cases, candidates are expected to be able to drive the build-up of internationally competitive research activities (group), and/or contribute to strengthening the current research activities. Commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including existing courses and development of new courses, is required and expected.

Your application must be in English and include a CV including research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Also, 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 Researcher ID/Scopus ID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in 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. Finally, you must indicate level (assistant professor or associate professor) and discipline that you are applying for in your application. All applications must be made online.

If you have a profile within Software Systems or Communication Technology, please apply online HERE.

If you have a profile within Electronics, please apply online HERE.

If you have a profile within both groups, please send two applications - one for each link.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Technical Sciences, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N., or Aabogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of the ECE Section Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, or Head of Department of Engineering Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen,

All applications must be made online and received by 15/12/2020. 
Technical Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.

The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:
  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path
As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:
  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level
As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

Application procedure
Shortlisting 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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in ques-tion before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences 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. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

A process has been initiated in terms of reorganizing of engineering at Aarhus University. Read more here:

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an 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 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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