Aarhus University is seeking a Director of Education for the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center


  • Udsendt dato
    2. maj 2022
  • Udløbsdato
    31. maj 2022

Job beskrivelse

Are you ready to join our mission and a world-class science team to make a global impact in climate change mitigation?

Do you have a passion and vision for effectively leading innovation in academic education in the upcoming green transition?

Come and be part of the new NNF CO2 Research Center team to unlock the power of science and technology!


As Director of Education, you are expected to:

  • Develop a strategy for the Center’s academic education activities in line with the Center’s strategy and in collaboration with the Center leadership team
  • Guide, in partnership with the Center faculty, the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum including innovative courses and teaching settings in support of the Center’s mission
  • Develop and implement an international PhD program in CO2 sciences and engineering
  • Coordinate PhD programs and recruitment
  • Coordinate and administrate the Center’s Residence Fellows program
  • Coordinate and drive new initiatives in teaching


You have a relevant natural science background (MSc or PhD). You have a documented teaching experience at university level, including course development, curriculum development and coordination.
You are a good listener and a strong and clear communicator in Danish as well as English in both writing and speaking, fitting easily into an international environment. You have strong motivational, interpersonal skills and possess a high degree of creativity and independence. You have a clear understanding of traditional academic learning and the need and opportunity for effective novel teaching venues. You are solution-oriented and have a sense of purpose. You enjoy working creatively with diverse science and non-science individuals.

About us

The CO2 Research Center is a new, mission oriented Center based with its hub at Aarhus University and satellite institutions at the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Stanford University, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen.

The CO2 Research Center’s purpose is to develop novel science for CO2 capture and conversions for storage or utilization to replace fossil carbon and fossil fuel‐intensive processes with sustainable, CO2‐based technologies. The ambition is to be recognized among the top international science and technology centers for mitigating CO2‐based climate change. In steady state, the Center is expected to collectively include more than 20 research groups with 150 researchers (PhD students, postdocs, and staff).

The Center will pursue distinctively collaborative approaches between the chemical and life sciences. The Center will connect university‐based research with open‐science platforms for innovation with industry partners. The activities will focus on the full value chain and bringing together world‐leading research in capture technologies, chemical CO2 conversion, and life sciences CO2 conversion. Thereby, the Center will strengthen Danish industry competitiveness and enhance the impact of the science developed. The Center will have a comprehensive and inclusive outreach and education program targeting academia, industry, policy makers, journalists, and the public.

The Director of Education will report to the Director of Administration as personnel manager and is a key member of the Center leadership team jointly with the Executive Director, the co-Director, the Directors of Administration and Finances, of Communications, of Outreach, and of Technology Translation. The management team is supported by two scientific coordinators as well as an Administrative Assistant.

What we offer

  • A varied workday with daily contact to many different people in an international and creative research environment
  • A professional, but informal work environment
  • A broad contact surface among administrative colleges throughout the University.
  • Possibility for skill development.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Gustav Wieds vej 10c, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.

Contact info

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Director of Administration and Mette Kirkegaard:  metteki@corc.au.dk or mobile: +45 9352 2602

The application deadline is 31 May 2022, via the Aarhus University website. 
Interviews at Aarhus University are planned for week 25, 2022 (1st interview) and if necessary, a second interview in week 26, 2022.  
Expected start in the position is 1 September 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Formalities and salary range

Salary and terms as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.

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.

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


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 www.international.au.dk/