postdoc position at The Department of Physics and Astronomy


The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2 year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new EU supported research project in planetology.
Starting Date and PeriodThe position is for 2 years and is available from 1/2/2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.
Job descriptionYou are expected to contribute to laboratory experiments at the Planetary Environment Facilities in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Among other activities these involve simulating the Martian environment and studying atmospheric aerosols using laser based techniques. This is in collaboration with other European research institutes in an EU funded program.

Your profileApplicants should hold a PhD in physics, geology or engineering. Ideally, though not necessarily, with experience in planetology, aerosols or fluid dynamics.
 Competency in English (and Danish) would be helpful.
Who we areWe operate an internationally recognized Laboratory centered round a planetary environment simulator, which is utilized by an EU supported planetology science network as well as by ESA and NASA through industrial contracts. Among our research topics is the study of atmospheric aerosols, wind driven particle transport and particle electrification.
What we offerThe successful candidate is offered: Experience and education in the fields of planetology, atmospherics/aerosol science and Aeolian transport. Also the opportunity to operate a large-scale, low-pressure cryogenic research facility.
Place of WorkThe place of work is the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
Contact Information
Further information about the position may be obtained from;  Jonathan Merrison, Senior Researcher, email;,
Tel. ++45 87 15 66 17, Mob. ++45 23 95 98 87.
Deadline20/11/2020Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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
Natural 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 Finance 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 Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it 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.

Questions about the position?

Jonathan P. Merrison

Jonathan P. MerrisonSenior Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy – Centre for Storage Ring Facilities (ISA)

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