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Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus Universitet

Indrykket 20-12-2017

Fundraiser in Food Research 951199

The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University (AU), is seeking an experienced fundraiser. We are looking for a proactive strategic thinker who likes to work with highly engaged and motivated staff in an innovative and dynamic working environment, sees significant opportunities in food research and who wants to create successful collaborations to secure external funding to underpin research activities in the Department. We are particularly interested in an individual who has had experience and success in research fundraising from private funds and / or EU funding systems.

The Department has 100 staff, of which approx. 25% are senior researchers; the Department currently secures approx. 60% of its annual revenue from external sources, the majority of which is from competitive grants.

The Position

As a fundraiser you will work in close collaboration with the senior researchers, the Department Leadership Team and the University Research Support Office.  You will provide information on opportunities for research funding and status on current initiatives, develop a relevant network and attend key meetings / workshops. You will primarily partner the Department staff to develop successful applications for external and competitive funding opportunities. As the Departments fundraiser, you will be part of a professional network of fundraisers across the Faculty of Science and Technology and with the AU Research Support Office. Within the Department you will be aligned directly to the Head of Department. In order to become familiar with the capability in the Department, it is expected that you will participate in key meetings in the five Departmental Science Team, and be a member of the Research Committee in the Department.

Responsibilities and tasks

You will:

  • secure collaborative research teams in partnership with staff or Leadership in the Department, including leading researchers in other Departments / organizations and across national boundaries in response to funding opportunities
  • ensure development and submission of quality applications to deadlines and increase the overall success rate of Department funding initiatives
  • focus on large strategic initiatives for the Danish national funds and private funds and EU applications
  • identify strategically important initiatives to secure new funding and to communicate these to staff, follow up and partner staff on new initiatives
  • coordinate, facilitate and lead key meetings as related to funding initiatives
  • influence the fundraiser position in the direction where you will be able to create the greatest success



The following professional and personal qualifications are required: 

  • A demonstrated track record in fundraising activities, including an ability to successfully initiate and deliver on strategic applications, preferably with experience in food research
  • Strong interpersonal capabilities that include excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and an ability to facilitate and foster collaborative approaches
  • Strong personal capabilities that include an ability to take responsibility, strong organizational skills, technical and professional expertise within an area of food research, an ability to be innovative, demonstrate business acumen, and to be results focussed
  • Positive behavioural attributes that include being open and trustworthy
  • A University degree, preferably within a food research discipline and with a doctorate degree
  • Experience and success in research fundraising, especially with private funds and / or EU funding systems
  • An updated knowledge of external funding opportunities in Denmark and Europe


Place of Work and area of Employment

The area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

The place of work can be located at Aarhus with an office at Agro Food Park, or at one of the two Department sites: AU-Aarslev campus, Kirstinebjergvej 10, DK-5792 Aarslev, or AU-Foulum, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark.

It is expected the fundraiser will travel between the Departments sites as needed, and also attend meetings with clients and on the AU-campus, 8000 Aarhus. It should also be noted that the Department and the position is to be relocated to the AU-Aarhus campus in 3-5 years. You can read about the Department of Food Science at on www.food.au.dk

Further information on the position may be obtained from head of department Michelle H. Williams, phone +45 871 56000, e-mail: mw@food.au.dk

Formalities and salary range

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

The position is covered by the terms of collective agreements for academic staff in state institutions depending on qualifications and experience, plus pension scheme.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 


All applications must be made online and received by:


Please apply online  

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 40,000 students and 8,000 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 860 million Learn more at www.au.dk/en.


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