The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for a position as assistant professor in lipids and vitamins in nutrition of livestock from 1 February 2023.

We seek a candidate with knowledge in analytical and nutritional aspects of lipids, fatty acids and vitamins and their effect on the health of animals and humans.

The position comprises nutritional and physicochemical aspects of lipids and vitamins in both ruminant and monogastric species (including human). The candidate must have a deep understanding of lipid- and vitamin metabolism, and their influence on metabolic disorders, health and physiological responses.

The candidate should have a strong background in nutrition and physiology and should be acquainted with the interdisciplinary principles of sustainability in animal production systems including the interaction between e.g. dietary lipids and emissions such as enteric methane. In addition, teaching and supervision of veterinary- and animal science students, and providing public sector consultancy, mainly for The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark, will be a key part of the position.

The candidate

Qualifications for the 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 a MSc. and PhD in animal nutrition. 
•         Have experience in animal nutrition, rearing and experimentation.
•         Have expertise in some or all of the following analytical techniques: vitamin analysis using high performance liquid chromatography, fat and fatty acid analysis by gas liquid chromatography (GC).
•         The following will also be considered assets: demonstrated ability to produce publications and conduct independent research; ability to take a leadership role within a small research team; student mentorship experience; strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Department of Animal Science

The mission of ANIS 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 ANIS’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. The successful applicant will be placed in the Research Unit Monogastric nutrition.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of Department Charlotte Lauridsen, phone +45 2443 9639, email:, or Head of Research Unit Jan V. Nørgaard, phone: +45 5071 8795, email:

Place of employment and place of work

The place of employment is Aarhus University (AU), and the place of work is AU Viborg, Department of Animal Science, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus. 

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).

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance 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.

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?

Jan Værum Nørgaard Associate Professor, Head of research unit, Department of Animal Science – ANIS Monogastric Nutrition (MONU) +4550718795

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – HR Department +4593522614


Deadline: Wednesday 17 Aug 2022 at 23:59 CEST

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