Two tenure track assistant professor positions at the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 May 2023

Two tenure track assistant professor positions at the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ANIVET), Aarhus University, seeks outstanding candidates for two tenure track assistant professor positions from 1 October or soon thereafter.  ANIVET aims at a future livestock production, which is sustainable in relation to environment and climate impact as well as production economy, while taking into account animal welfare. The current positions should in particular strengthen the cross-disciplinary research between feeding, nutrition and animal welfare on the green sustainable transition of livestock production. Read more about ANIVET here:

Please specify in your application which position you are applying for.

1. Nutrition of monogastric livestock in alternative production systems
The focus of this tenure track position is on experimental nutrition and physiology and with major focus on developing nutritional strategies for especially organic pigs to ensure minimal environmental impact and high productivity through optimal nutrient utilization of sustainable feedstuffs. Future research may include how to utilize monogastric animals in nature conservation systems to sustain and improve biodiversity.

2. Animal emotional state and welfare
The focus of this tenure track position is on assessing animal emotional states and relating these to animal welfare, as well as on developing livestock farming systems that promote positive emotional states to improve animal welfare. For instance, through tailoring feeding management to accommodate species specific behaviour and/or feeding the microbiome-gut-brain-axis. Further, research may explore the effects on behaviour and emotional state of novel feeds, feeding methods and feed-ingredients applied for a more green and sustainable animal production.

Your profile

Candidates with a strong theoretical background in either animal nutrition/physiology (Position 1), or in animal behavior and emotional state (position 2), as well as good knowledge of animal production, will be preferred.

The candidates are expected to take part in and drive initiatives in an interdisciplinary research environment with national and international research teams and industry partners and be able to attract external research funding.

The candidates will participate in knowledge exchange with society, industry and authorities, and are expected to contribute to our educational activities, i.e., to develop courses, teach, and supervise veterinary and animal science students at bachelor, master, and PhD levels.

Qualifications for the tenure track assistant professor level at Aarhus University must include postdoctoral training or similar with a relevant research profile and a strong scientific publication record in one or more of the areas of the position as described above.
This includes that you have:

  • Experience with teaching, supervising and/or course development.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in scientific journals and dissemination of research activities.
  • Documented independent research qualifications.
  • Ability to take a leadership role within a small research team, and student mentorship experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Have a strong international network.

Who we are

The mission of ANIVET is to perform basic, strategic, and applied research and innovation within the department’s core activities: nutrition, health and welfare. The activities make up the science-based foundation of ANIVET’S’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. The successful applicants will be placed in the Research Unit Monogastric Nutrition or in  Behaviour, Stress, and Welfare – read more about the units here:
What we offer
  • A well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment and animal experimental facilities
  • An informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism and close collaboration and networking activities
  • A workplace characterized by equality and a good work-life balance, and an open discussion across different fields of research.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Position 1: Head of Research Unit Jan V. Nørgaard, phone: +45 5071 8795, email:

Position 2: Head of Research Unit , Lene Juul Pedersen, phone +45 5116 2822, email:

Place of work and area of employment 

The place of work is the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, AU Viborg, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University (AU) with related departments.

Living in Denmark

Please visit the international staff website:

for information about arriving to and living in Denmark for both the applicant and his/her potential family.

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 question 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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

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