Job ID: 143775

Professor in future Networking and Storage

Aarhus University

  • Jul. 4, 2020
  • Professor in future Networking and Storage
  • Department of Engineering
  • Aarhus University
  • Sep. 15, 2020
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
    Research Professor
  • Robotics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science

The Department of Engineering (ENG) at Aarhus University (AU) invites applications for a position as (full) professor to strengthen our research in Network Computing, Communications and Storage anchored in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The professor’s responsibility is to advance Network, Communications, Computing and Data Storage research in Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud and Edge Computing, network coding, and distributed data compression providing, among others, scientific leadership to fundamental research in these areas, technology transfer, and scientific foundation for industrial collaboration.

AU is in the process of implementing an ambitious strategic 5-year recruitment plan to increase its activities significantly within research and education in the engineering sciences with the vision of bringing AU into the global engineering elite. As part of this build-up, AU seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to strengthen and develop the section of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Candidates must have a PhD in electrical engineering or a closely related field. In the assessment of candidates, strong emphasis and consideration will be given to:

Excellence in research demonstrated by publications in relevant scientific journals and conferences;
Research impact, e.g., in terms of citations, patent applications, commercialization and collaboration with industrial partners;
Experience and successful in attracting funding for research projects with national and international research agencies and industry as well as demonstrated experience in research leadership;
Experience from collaboration with relevant industry partners;
Experience in entrepreneurship in research-driven ventures (e.g., university spin-off) in the research area;
Research network and established research collaboration with relevant academic and industrial partners;
Experience and quality of teaching, and experience in development of research-based educations;
Experience in MSc, PhD and post-doctoral training; and
Excellent communication skills.

For the position, it is crucial that candidates hold a deep understanding of real-world systems and applications within the domain of network and communication systems, distributed storage systems, cloud technologies, and Internet of Things. Research experience and leadership in novel approaches such as network coding and (generalized) data deduplication are key for a successful candidate seeking to lead the activities in our Department. More specifically, key research topics include network code designs; network coding theory and applications to communications and distributed storage; efficient random access on compressed data; and (generalized) deduplication for data storage and communication protocols. Key methodologies involve mathematical models, optimization (e.g., linear programming), algorithm design and analysis (e.g., complexity, performance, optimality), software implementations and performance measurements in real devices/systems.

The candidates are expected to be able to drive the build-up of internationally competitive research activities, to contribute to strengthening current research activities, and expanding industrial collaboration. The professor will act as head of a research group, participate in knowledge exchange with society and industry, raise external funding and participate in supervision of PhD students and post-doctoral training, be responsible for the educational guidance of assistant professors, and grow the research group/team and research lab.

The professor is expected to participate in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels in both electrical and computer engineering study programs, and to engage in the continued development of both existing and new courses. Undergraduate courses are primarily taught in Danish, whereas other courses are taught in English. For international candidates, AU offers Danish language courses with the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first 2 years. Some experience teaching courses in Danish is a plus. The candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Your application must be in English and include a CV including research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as your teaching, fundraising and leadership experience. Also, a teaching plan/statement and a research plan (length of 2-5 pages including your planned research directions) are required. Please provide your ResearcherID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Also, please provide names of references (minimum 3) whom the search committee may contact directly. All applications must be made online.

The position is available from January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Technical Sciences, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Århus N.

Further information
For more information, please contact Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jens Kargaard Madsen ( / +45 41893280) or Head of Department of Engineering, Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen
( / +45 51371671).

Deadline: 15.09.2020.

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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 ques-tion 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 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 (

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

New organisation
A process has been initiated in terms of reorganizing of engineering at AU. Read more here:…

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Jens Kargaard Madsen
    Department of Engineering
    Aarhus University
    Aarhus 8000
  • 0045 4189 3280

New Search | Previous