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[Met-jobs] Scientist/Senior Scientist in Atmospheric Modelling, Denmark

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:00:27 +0000

Scientist/Senior Scientist in Atmospheric Modelling

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, invites 
applications for a position as scientist/senior scientist (equivalent to 
assistant/associate professor) in atmospheric modelling to strengthen the 
research capability, and the research-based advisory and teaching activities at 
the department. The position is to be filled by August 1st 2013 or as soon as 
possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is a newly established and highly 
interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science and Technology at 
Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology 
and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy 
analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted on some of the major 
challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, 
management of soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem 
services, climate change, and energy systems. Currently, about 130 staff and 
PhD-students are working at the department. However, the number of staff is 
expected to increase to 160-170 within the next four to five years. Further 
information may be found at (note the website is under 

The Scientist/Senior scientist will be affiliated with the Section for 
Atmospheric Modelling. The section conducts research targeted towards an 
understanding of fundamental atmospheric processes involved in atmospheric 
transport of air pollution. The section develops and applies local to 
hemispheric scale air pollution models that integrate with environmental and 
health impacts, economic considerations and climate changes. The aim is to 
provide the highest capability in Denmark for research, development, 
application, teaching and decision support within the area of air pollution 
modelling and integrated assessment modelling.

Relevant expertise within the section includes:
• Atmospheric physics and chemistry, mathematical and numerical methods and 
computer science
• Long-range transport chemistry modelling covering the Northern Hemisphere, 
Europe, Denmark
• Local scale modeling, including emissions, atmospheric transport and chemical 
transformation covering cities and urban streets as well as point sources
• Weather forecast modeling from hemispheric scale to urban scale
• Integrated model systems covering all scales for three-day forecasting or 
integrated assessment modelling with focus on impacts on health, the 
environment and climate
• Climate change and air pollution interactions with special focus on Europe 
and the Arctic
• Integrated monitoring, where models and measurements are combined to assess 
the state of the environment

Description of the position
The Scientist/Senior scientist in atmospheric modelling is expected to:
• Actively contribute to the establishment of an externally funded research 
program within the development and application of atmospheric modelling of air 
• Develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, 
and between the department and relevant national and international atmospheric 
research communities
• Contribute to advisory activities of relevant regulatory authorities
• Supervise graduate (Master and PhD level) students in thesis research projects
• Contribute to the teaching of graduate courses and to the development of a 
new education in environmental science

The position requires a background in meteorology, physics, geophysics, 
mathematical modelling, chemistry, or related discipline. Qualifications within 
development and application of atmospheric models are expected. Experience in 
chemistry-transport models, physical/chemical processes related to atmospheric 
chemistry-transport modelling, numerical modelling and statistical methods will 
be highly desirable.

Applicants at the Scientist (assistant professor) level should as a minimum 
hold scientific qualifications equivalent to the PhD graduate level and have at 
least 2 -3 years of post-graduate research and publication experience. The 
successful candidate must show evidence of an emerging productive publication 
record. Participation in international and national networks of researchers is 

Applicants at the Senior Scientist (associate professor) level should in 
addition to a PhD degree have at least 4 - 5 years of post-graduate research 
and publication experience. A demonstrated research leadership and ability to 
define and manage research projects is expected, as is a successful record of 
external research funding. The successful candidate must show evidence of a 
productive publication record. Participation in international and national 
networks of researchers is preferable.

The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an 
interdisciplinary academic environment. The position, therefore, requires a 
highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

Aarhus University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, 
regardless of gender, age and ethnic background.

Terms of employment
The conditions for employment will be according to the employment structure for 
scientific personnel at universities in Denmark. The salary will be according 
to the agreement between the relevant labour organization and the Danish 
Government. Outstanding foreign candidates may qualify for a reduced taxation 
scheme during the first five years of employment. Applicants at the Senior 
Scientist level will be hired on a permanent contract. Applicants at the 
Scientist level will be hired on a 4-year contract. Upon termination of the 
contract, a permanent position as Senior Scientist will be advertised 
internationally in open competition. The candidate may apply for this position.
The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel 
according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order 
no. 284 of 25 April 2008.

English is spoken on a daily basis at the department. However, to be able to 
participate in administrative/social activities, it will be in the interest of 
an international candidate to be able to communicate in Danish. Foreign 
candidates are, therefore, expected to learn Danish. Danish courses will be 
provided (also for the spouse).

Work location
The place of work will be at AU in Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde 
(<>) is located close to Copenhagen. The 
area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational 
pursuits. Within 4-5 years, the department is expected move to Copenhagen.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in 
Denmark at<>. AU International 
Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as 
smooth as possible (, and the 
department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Filing of the application
Applicants are expected to add additional value to our existing research and 
educational programmes and propose viable plans for further developing them. 
The application (written in English) should contain:
o A short (1 page) letter of intent indicating at which level you are applying 
for the position
o A 2-3 page statement describing your research expertise and interests, 
including a description of how you envision you will be able to strengthen the 
research, and the advisory and teaching activities at the department
o A detailed CV, including description of previous employments, history of 
grant support and advisory experience/expertise
o A teaching portfolio (may be included in the detailed CV)
o A list of publications
o Documentation of academic degrees (university transcripts of diplomas)
o Reprints of your five most significant international peer-reviewed articles
o Names and e-mail addresses of three academic references that may be contacted
Please note that the evaluation of eligibility will be based solely on the 
submitted material.

The application and appendices should be uploaded here xxxx.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Head of Department Dr. Niels 
Kroer (<>; +45 87 15 87 01) or Head of Section Dr. 
Jørgen Brandt (<>; +45 87 15 85 22).

Formalities and salary range

The Faculty of Science refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of 
Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, 
Technology and Innovation<>.

Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found 
in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish 

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). The recommended 
level of 

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance 
and the Confederation of Professional Unions.


All applications must be made online and received by:


Applications are made online. See:

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