News from the Senior Management Team no. 26/2019

Dean position to be re-advertised

The application deadline for the two positions as dean at the Faculty of Technical Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences has expired. The recruitment process for the position at Technical Sciences is running as planned, so a dean for the new faculty is still expected to be able to start on 1 January.

However, the appointment committee has decided to re-advertise the position of dean at Natural Sciences.

"I would like to acknowledge the applications we have received. There were good and well-qualified candidates, but we want a wider, more diverse field of applicants. I hope that the new advertisement will encourage more applicants and more female applicants to see the exciting opportunities in this position," says Rector Brian Bech Nielsen, who is chair of the appointment committee.

The position will be advertised in the near future, with an intention to fill the position as quickly as possible. Preferably from 1 March. Until then, Lars Henrik Andersen will continue as acting dean.

University elections 2019: Stand for election

Elections will be held at Aarhus University in November, and this year there will be elections to all councils, boards and committees. Therefore it's time to think about whether you want to stand as a candidate.

The AU board, academic councils, boards of studies and the PhD committees have positions to be filled.

Anyone who wants to contribute to discussions, for example, about the university's strategies, appointments policy, academic regulations and teaching assessments, is encouraged to stand for election. You can register your candidacy from 17 October, and as something new this year, you can register online.

The nomination period runs to 25 October, and the elections themselves will be held from 11 to 14 November.

Jens Christian Skou remembered with research prize and Skou professors

On Tuesday, 8 October 2019, Nobel Prize winner Jens Christian Skou would have been 101 years old. In this connection, Health presented the Jens Christian Skou award to Associate Professor Ebbe Bødtkjer, Dr. Med, PhD. Ebbe Bødtkjer is involved in circulation and cancer research. He has delivered impressive research results and is an exceptional research talent.

In connection with Skou's birthday, Health has also appointed 47 top international researchers as Skou professors. The new professors are linked to the faculty, and they will enhance the faculty’s profile as an international research institution.

Social researcher honoured for this year's original idea

Associate Professor Per Mouritsen from the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University receives the Danish Independent Research Foundation award for original research idea of the year. The prize has been awarded for the second time, and will be presented by the Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen on behalf of the foundation.

Become a mentor and empower talent at AU

“I signed up as a mentor because I think it’s important that I share my experience with publication and how to prioritise and administer your time between teaching, education and knowledge sharing.”

This is a quote by Jacob Kjær Eskildsen, head of the Department of Management, who has been a mentor in the AU mentor scheme, Empower Talent!, several times. The scheme matches staff at assistant professor level with more experienced colleagues at associate professor or professor level, and anyone interested is welcome to register, either as a mentor or a mentee. The deadline for registering is 20 November.  

Join the information meeting on the new national roadmap for research infrastructure

A new national roadmap for research infrastructure is to be developed for the period 2020-2023. This time, the idea is to have fewer and bigger projects with a clear national focus. Anyone who has an idea for a relevant research project is welcome when Aarhus University initiates its process on Tuesday 29 October. The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education will be visiting the Ambulatory to hold an information meeting. Afterwards, AU has organised a series of academic workshops.