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Researcher/Senior Researcher for Instrument (HEIMDAL) Design and Construction at the European Spallation Source (ESS) 891313

Aarhus University (AU) is contributing to the European Spallation Source ESS in Lund, Sweden, by leading the construction of the proposed combined neutron powder and small angle scattering instrument HEIMDAL. In this connection the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University offers a fixed-term position as researcher or senior researcher (Instrument Lead Scientist at ESS) for a total of 4 years. The intended starting date is 1st of October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University ( is in terms of scientific impact one of the leading European chemistry departments with research programs that range from medicinal chemistry to theoretical chemistry. It has a permanent staff of 27 full and associate professors, a support-staff of ~25 people, ~150 PhD-students and postdocs, and more than 500 students.

The European Spallation Source (ESS, is a multi-disciplinary research center based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. This new facility will be up to 100 times brighter than today's leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers in the fields of life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics. When fully operation the facilities is expected to have more than 400 staff members and some 2000-5000 visiting researchers are expected every year

Description of work:
The mission is to supervise the design, and define the scientific scope of the neutron instrument HEIMDAL at ESS. The long term goal is to become Instrument Responsible, once the instrument has moved into the operations phase. The Instrument Lead Scientist will work closely together with the Instrument Lead Engineer forming an instrument team. The Instrument Lead Scientist and Instrument Lead Engineer, together with a core team of specialists from the instrument consortium at ESS in Lund will define the scientific specifications of the instrument. The Instrument Lead Scientist provides scientific project leadership, including defining scope scientific and initial hot commissioning experiments. He/she must also be active in a scientific program on the leading edge in the field of materials science.

Your role:
•    Provide the scientific and technical leadership of the HEIMDAL instrument project.
•    Deliver scientific plans for the proposed scientific scope of HEIMDAL.
•    Prepare the detailed design together with the core instrument team. The project is dependent on passing the Tollgate 2 review.
•    As part of the Core Instrument Team, deliver a neutron scattering instrument according to the scope, budget and schedule determined at Tollgate 2 review as defined by ESS rules

Your tasks:
•    Provide scientific guidance and support to HEIMDAL work package team.
•    Lead the planning of the HEIMDAL work package and contribute to its implementation.
•    Assemble and coordinate the HEIMDAL work package team.
•    Delegate work packages to Technical Groups and In-Kind partners.
•    Provide final approval of technical designs.
•    Manage scientific and technical project changes in accordance with project goals.
•    Represent the project during Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) and Scientific Advisory Committee reviews.
•    Assist in tracking and ensuring timely project deliverable using ESS processes and appropriate tools.
•    Monitor, communicate, and report on progress according to the ESS Construction Project requirements.
•    Participate in risk reviews and help manage risks.
•    Providing requirements to ensure the integration of the scientific capabilities of the instrument software, sample environment and support labs.
•    Conduct your own research using neutron/X-ray powder and small angle scattering.
•    To a leaser extend participate in teaching activities.

Your qualifications:
•    PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science.
•    Experience in scattering techniques, preferably powder diffraction.
•    Experience in building and maintaining experimental infrastructure.
•    Experience of working in an international environment.
•    Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite.
Further expectations for the two levels of appointment are:

Researcher: Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellent research and industrial or public sector collaboration. Extensive postdoctoral training or similar is expected (see below for tenure-track program)

Senior researcher: Candidates must have an excellent record of independent research accomplishments including experience in construction and operation of experimental facilities for X-ray or neutron science, in the preparation of technical reports, collaborations with industry or public organisations, scholarly achievement, an established record of external funding, as well as concomitant strong evidence of emerging leadership in their field.

Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed for senior researcher in:

We offer an international and dynamic working environment, where time will be spent both at Aarhus University, Denmark and at the ESS, in Lund, Sweden. The time spent in Aarhus and Lund is expected to vary during the project, initially most of the work can be carried out in Aarhus, but as installations starts more time will be spent in Lund. After the commissioning of the instrument, ESS is expected to offer you a position as a local contact for the instrument in Lund, Sweden, while an affiliation to Aarhus University is maintained.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.  

For further information on the position please contact Associate Prof. Mogens Christensen (, tel +45 87 15 53 39) or Head of Department, Prof. Birgit Schiøtt (, tel +45 87 15 59 75). Application procedure
Short-listing 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.
Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
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.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a description of previous funding, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
The application should include names and e-mail addresses of three people who can provide a letter of reference upon request. Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar, Scopus and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Expected time for interviews is August 2017. Indicate in the application the level (researcher or senior researcher) that you are applying for. However, the appointment committee may decide to move an applicant from one position category to the other.
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.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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