Careers at Aarhus University

Vacant positions

Aarhus University actively seeks to attract talented researchers, PhDs and other staff from around the world.

We want to recruit the brightest minds. Whether you are interested in a full-time academic position, a postdoctoral fellowship or a PhD programme, Aarhus University may be the right place for you. 

Available positions are advertised under ‘Vacant positions’ on our website (au.dk/en). Each job advertisement contains all necessary information on how to apply.

See vacant positions 

How to apply

Application guides

You will find general guides to filling out application forms for academic and administrative positions on the AU website. Here you will also find more specific guidelines from the faculties.

See application form guides 

PhD programmes

Aarhus University invites highly qualified students from all over the world to apply for admission to a PhD programme. 

Aarhus University has four graduate schools which offer PhD positions: the Graduate School of Health, the Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences, the Graduate School, Arts and the Graduate School of Science and Technology.

On the individual graduate school websites, you will find detailed information about specific scholarships as well as calls for applications, procedures and deadlines. 

Find links to the four graduate schools at the PhD portal

AU's profile

Aarhus University is a leading international university. The university stands for quality and the continued pursuit of excellence in research and research-based education. 

Mission

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution which creates and shares knowledge. 

Vision

Aarhus University strives to be a leading globally-oriented university with a strong engagement in the development of society. 

Values

The university defends the research freedom of individuals and desires to maintain and develop a culture which promotes collaboration, critical dialogue, curiosity and the independent search for new knowledge and insight. 

Top 100 university

In recent years, Aarhus University has moved up in the most important international rankings. Among over 17,000 universities world-wide, Aarhus University is ranked in the top 100 by several influential ranking lists: 

Historic university campus

The distinctive university buildings in Aarhus were designed by the Danish architect C.F. Møller (1898-1988). The restrained, functionalist aesthetic of the yellow-brick campus with its clean lines has been recognised internationally as an architectural masterpiece. The buildings and park are included in the Denmark’s Cultural Canon as one of the top 12 architectural masterpieces in Denmark. Over 28 million bricks were used in its construction.

Read more about AU’s profile 

Attractive working conditions

International staff at AU emphasize favourable working conditions as an important motivation for working at Aarhus University.

Collective agreements guarantee you a safe workplace, fair wages, pay during sickness, flexible work hours and much more. On top of this international academic staff members can, under certain conditions, benefit from a special tax scheme, holiday scheme and pension schemes to further improve working conditions. 

Maternity/paternity leave

Denmark has a generous maternity/paternity leave policy. Both the mother and father of the child are entitled to maternity/paternity leave:

  • Mother: Six weeks before expected date of birth and 14 weeks after childbirth with full pay
  • Father: Two weeks after childbirth with full pay

After the 14th week after childbirth, the parents are entitled to an additional 19 weeks parental leave with full pay. Six of these are earmarked for the mother, seven are earmarked for the father, and the last six weeks can be divided between the mother and the father.

There are many options for using maternity/ paternity leave flexibly. 

Read more about maternity/paternity leave 

Pension schemes

International staff members have three different options when choosing a pension scheme. 

  • Ordinary pension contributions scheme – an option for all international staff members employed under the collective agreement for academics 
  • International pension scheme (taxed immediately when transferred to your pension fund). An option for some academic staff members employed under the collective agreement for academics
  • Pension exemption (pension contribution paid out as salary) for a maximum period of five years. An option for some international researchers employed by the university on a fixed-term contract 

You will be asked to choose a pension scheme when negotiating your employment contract. 

Read more about pensions 

Researcher taxation scheme

When you are employed at Aarhus University as a foreign researcher (minimum assistant professor/postdoc level) or a key employee, you may be eligible for the special tax scheme for foreign researchers or key employees under certain conditions.

The researcher taxation rule means that the salary is subject to a gross tax rate of approximately 32 per cent for up to 60 months including contributions to Danish social security (labour market contributions), instead of the normal income tax rate – typically between 37 and 42 per cent. 

Read more about the researcher taxation scheme 

Six weeks of paid holiday

All staff members are entitled to five weeks of paid holiday per year of employment plus five additional holiday days. 

Ordinary holiday consists of 2.08 days of holiday for each month of employment in a calendar year. Normally, employees in Denmark accumulate holiday entitlement in the calendar year prior to the holiday year. This means that you earn the right to holiday with pay in the year before you take holiday with pay. The holiday year runs from 1 May to 30 April. 

Employees earn the five extra holiday days per year at a rate of 0.42 special holiday days per month, which adds up to five days a year. 

However, international staff at Aarhus University also have the option of concurrent holiday, which means you take your holiday in the same year as you earn it. In other words, you can take holiday with pay from day one of your employment. 

Read more about the rules about earning and taking holiday

Working hours and absence from work

Under the collective agreements in force at AU, a full-time position is 37 hours a week. Normally, a 30-minute paid lunch break is included in the 37 weekly working hours. Employees such as PhD students and researchers who plan their work themselves or whose working hours cannot be monitored are not entitled to overtime pay.

Normally you are entitled to full pay during illness. You also have the right to paid leave for the first two days of your child’s illness. Furthermore, all parents are entitled to two childcare days with pay per child per calendar year until the child has reached the age of seven.

Read more about terms of employment, employee well-being and work environment  

Read the article Denmark - first class working conditions (PDF)

AIAS: Supporting the brightest talents

AIAS (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies) promotes research of the highest quality with a focus on independent basic research and talent development within all core disciplines. 

Each year AIAS selects a number of fellows of the highest international standard. Fellows are selected purely based on their qualifications in an open competition.

AIAS was established in 2013 and is the first institute of its kind in Denmark. 

AIAS fellowships

You can apply for the AIAS fellowship programme if you are a top-level researcher with a PhD and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research experience.

A fellowship at AIAS gives researchers freedom, independence and funding to work in depth with a research project for a period of one up to three years.  

Fellowship schemes

Read about the different kinds of fellowships that are available at AIAS, and the duration of these fellowships: 

You can learn more about how to apply for a fellowship under the different fellowship schemes.

Read more about AIAS

Career services - PhD students and junior researchers

AU Career PhD & JR offers career services for PhD students and junior researchers from all four faculties and at all stages of their current position.  

We focus on increasing your knowledge and awareness of your employability and of all your career options, and we hope to encourage you to engage in your professional development and to be a career-wise researcher during your research years at Aarhus University.

We also provide opportunities for you to learn about non-academic careers and can assist you in preparing for the transition from academia to the private sector.

Read more about AU Career's PhD and Junior Researcher services

Degree programmes in English

AU offers more than 60 degree programmes in English. See the AU Course Catalogue for a complete list

Mentoring schemes at AU

A mentor is a person who makes a difference in another person's life by passing on his or her knowledge and experiences.

Aarhus University offers various mentor programmes to researchers at different stages of their careers. As a mentee, you are matched with a mentor who can provide you with valuable insights and understanding of your current or future career path, whether in academia or the private sector.

A mentorship is a long-term relationship of about ten months that requires commitment from you as a mentee. In return, you will have a valuable experience that can help you achieve your future goals.

Read more about the different mentor programmes at AU