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One or more Assistant Professors in Building Physics (2020-224-02833)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment (BUILD) at Aalborg University’s campus in Copenhagen one or more positions as assistant professor in building physics with focus on interaction between moisture and buildings are open for appointment from September 1st, 2020 or soon hereafter for a periode of four years.

Job description

Climate change is one of the main challenges in building sector today. We need to meet the demand for increasing energy efficiency of buildings in both a sustainable and a durable way. In the same time, we also need to predict the impact of the future climate on the buildings and how to ensure the long term sustainability and durability. Moisture plays a major role in this aspect, as exceeded moisture levels give risk of mould growth and reduces the service life of the constructions. The aging building stock calls therefore for robust refurbishment solutions and how these should be designed in a moisture safe way. Furthermore, there is an increasing focus on sustainable and “green” solutions, including recycled and upgraded materials and products, where long term experience is missing. More research is therefore needed to understand the complex interaction between both exterior and indoor environment and building materials, constructions and buildings.  

To meet this increasing need for research, together with the need for teaching and dissemination within the field of building physics and building technology, BUILD is looking for one or more assistant professor with specific focus on interaction between moisture and buildings.

The positions are open in Research Group for Building Physics and Construction in the Division of Building Technology and Management and includes research, teaching, dissemination as well as government consultancy and business cooperation in the field of building physics. The applicant will also contribute to research proposals for national and international funding, and to the teaching and supervision activities in the research group, particularly at the Master of Building Physics.

BUILD has a wide network both nationally and internationally, and research is often conducted in collaboration with companies, organizations and authorities.

A position at BUILD offers significant opportunities to influence the built environment, through government consultancy, SBi Guidelines, business collaboration, teaching and research dissemination. You will become part of a dynamic research environment, where the focus is on knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration on technical and social science assignments. In addition, the position will give great possibilities for development of strong professional profile in academic and applied research.

Qualification requirements
Aalborg University is looking for talented candidates with strong background in building physics who

  • Hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline
  • Have some years of research experience within one or more of the following areas
    • Heat and mass transfer in building materials, constructions and buildings
    • Durability and service life of building constructions and materials
    • Energy refurbishment of buildings, especially related to moisture issues
    • Moisture management, also during construction phase
    • Simulation tools for analysis of heat and mass transfer in building constructions.

 It is an advantage if the candidates have experience in

  • Statistical analysis and data management
  • Experimental research activities, e.g laboratory or field studies
  • Dissemination of research findings at conferences, workshops, or at similar public or research events
  • Teaching activities, including preparation of and carrying out lectures, supervision and examinations
  • Proposal writing for Danish and international funding programs 

Candidates should have the ability to work in a team as well as independently and be good at networking. Furthermore, good communications skills are expected in order to facilitate e.g. field studies and contact with the Danish building sector including authorities. 

For further information concerning the position please contact Head of Division Ruut Peuhkuri by mail rup@build.aau.dk or phone (+45)99402367.

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 HR-Partner Lone Lund 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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