AU Distinguished Senior Innovator

The Aarhus University Board has decided to create a number of new positions as AU Distinguished Senior Innovator across all five faculties of the university. Aarhus BSS encourages all permanent faculty members at the level of professor or associate professor with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship to consider applying for this role at the school for a period of initially up to three years.

As a Senior Distinguished Innovator at Aarhus BSS, you will maintain your department affiliation while working in the university's innovation hub, The Kitchen. In this way, you will dedicate your time to a combination of research and innovation and help promote research-based innovation and entrepreneurship at Aarhus BSS while also contributing to strengthening the development of a business-oriented innovation culture at Aarhus University.

You can read more about AU Distinguished Senior Innovators here.

To apply for the position, the following criteria must be met:

  • The head of the department must pre-approve the application as taking up the position as a Distinguished Senior Innovator includes partial withdrawal from teaching duties at the department for the specified period.
  • The application must contain a well-described innovation project. The project does not necessarily have to include a new invention, a specific product or technology. It can also be a solution to a societal problem that requires co-creation with specific users, organisations or the broader society, thereby benefiting and making a difference for parties outside the university.
    The application must describe how the project contributes to solving one or more challenges.
  • The application must describe how the project will help spread an innovation and entrepreneurship culture across Aarhus BSS and how you see your role in this.
  • The application may include relevant information on how young researchers can be involved in the project in the long term.
  • The timeframe for the project is flexible and can be up to three years initially. Applications for innovation projects of shorter duration are also invited. The application should address how the project is envisaged to be realised within the project period.
  • The application must be a maximum of five pages.
  • A CV (max. 2 A4 pages) must be attached.

Your profile:

  • Professors or experienced associate professors already employed at Aarhus BSS are eligible.

The position is applied for through Emply and the application deadline is 9 August 2024.

Further information

Questions regarding the position can be directed to the head of the department or to the vice-dean for research Niels Mejlgaard, who represents Aarhus BSS in AU’s Business Committee, tel.+45 20 29 00 42, email:

If you need help uploading your application, please contact HR Coordinator Mette Fisker Præstegaard, tel.: +45 93 52 28 07, email:

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