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Associate Professor in Thermochemical Fuel Processing Technology (2022-224-04926)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, AAU Energy, a position as Associate Professor in Thermochemical Fuel Processing Technology is open for appointment from 01.03.2023 or soon hereafter.

Job description

Aalborg University contributes to the knowledge building of the global society as well as the development of prosperity, welfare and culture of Danish society. This is accomplished through research, research-based education, public sector services and knowledge collaboration. Aalborg University educates students for the future and activities are based on a dynamic and transformative collaboration with the surrounding community. 

AAU Energy is a dynamic engineering research department in continuous growth and inspiring surroundings. AAU Energy has a very international environment and covers all areas of clean and sustainable energy systems of the future within electrical, thermal and mechatronic energy technology. AAU Energy has campuses in both Aalborg and Esbjerg, this position is in Aalborg. 

The mission is to be world leading in both research and research-based education of the energy engineers of the future. AAU Energy has approx. 300 employees of many nationalities, of which 25 are administrative staff and 17 are working in LAB. In addition, AAU Energy constantly has approx. 50-70 guest researchers from around the world. 

Research and teaching are in the absolute world elite in the field of energy, and we have extensive and leading workshop and laboratory facilities, where research and innovation are carried out in direct collaboration with industry to a great extent. 

AAU Energy offers this position in relation to teaching and research within the area of thermo-mechanical energy engineering. The candidate is expected to take part in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with both academic and industrial partners. Over time, the candidate is expected to contribute to the development of an international recognized research group. Knowledge and experience with funding applications, managerial tasks (e.g., PI and WP leader roles) will be positively evaluated.

The section of Thermal Engineering must fulfill the teaching obligations at the Bachelor education in Energy Engineering, where minimum 50% of all teaching are given in Danish. It is therefore expected that the candidate is willing to learn Danish to be able to teach classes at the B.Sc. education within a period of two years. Teaching will include both courses and supervision based on the PBL model. The course teaching will primarily be in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermal energy systems, but could also be within other study programmes at the university. Pedagogical ideas to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and interests for developing E-learning activities will be positively evaluated.

The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to do independent and scholarly research as well as an enthusiasm for engineering education. Furthermore, it will be appreciated that the candidate’s approach to research and teamwork is characterized by an open and inclusive mind-set. Qualified applicants have a Ph.D. degree in a field related to refinery operations, e-fuels, biofuels, or thermo-chemical processing. Laboratory experience with high-pressure flow systems and analytical techniques will be positively evaluated.

-      University pedagogy course for assistant professors or similar
-      Ability to collaborate with other research groups
-      Motivation and engagement for exploratory and recognizable research
-      Inspiratory for co-workers and students 
-      Be able to communicate in English at a skilled level

You may obtain further professional information from Head of Section for Thermal Engineering, Associate Professor Henrik Sørensen, Phone: (+45) 9940 3306, E-mail:

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Qualification requirements: 

The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor, but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. 

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

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 Mathilde Vestergaard HR-Servicecentre EST by mail 

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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