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Assistant Professor in advanced biofuels

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology a position as Assistant Professor in advanced biofuels is open for appointment in the period 01.02.2020 – 31.01.2023 or soon hereafter. The Department of Energy Technology is an expanding department covering most fields of Energy Technology ranging from electrical energy (Power Systems, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines to thermal energy including Energy Systems and Fluid Mechanics and Combustion but also mechatronic systems. The department has about 230 employees – out of them are more than 100 Ph.D. students. The laboratory-facilities are world-class and the research carried out are most often in collaboration with industry. The position is offered in relation to the research program Advanced Biofuels and the assistant professor will be positioned to the section for Thermofluids.

Job description

The Advanced Biofuels Research group is engaged in several Horizon 2020 and nationally funded R&D activities within Hydrothermal Liquefaction, catalytic upgrading and sustainable fuel production, as well as in several international networks within advanced biofuels. The assistant professor will be involved in several of these with specific focus on upgrading activities, for which the assistant professor will function as team leader. Thus, research areas will be within the field of thermochemical and thermo-catalytic processing of biomass or liquid bio-oils. The candidate should document strong competence and experience in experimental as well as analytical activities related to hydrothermal processes, catalysis/catalysts, bio-crude/bio-oil upgrading, fuel analysis and qualification. A strong publication track record will be favourable, and emphasis will be put on the communication and dissemination skills of the candidate, in addition to the scientific competences. A background in chemical or environmental engineering and documented previous experience in bio-conversion and biofuel technologies will be preferred.

Teaching will primarily be within the Energy Study Program, but also in other study programmes at the University.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate professor, Thomas Helmer Pedersen, thp@et.aau.dk, +45 2829 1679. 

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.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

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 Dini Boer by mail dbo@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7307.

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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