Full professorship in marine biodiversity – Denmark – DL 15 Mar 19

Is your research focus on marine biodiversity?  Do you have a strong academic profile and are you interested in  contributing significantly to the development of the marine sections and  research of Department of Bioscience in a professor position?

The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
The  successful candidate must be able to strengthen the Department’s  profile in research on marine biodiversity topics with special emphasis  on the European marine directives. You will be a part of the marine  group that covers research, advisory tasks and some teaching across all  aspects marine topics mainly related to Danish and Arctic waters,  although we currently also have projects in the tropics.

Your  research must support the Department’s leading role in providing advice  to the Danish authorities on environmental issues, which includes  dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other  stakeholders. At the same time, the research must strengthen the  Department’s international profile within the topic of marine  biodiversity.

The Department’s research and advisory activities  are project-driven with a solid tradition of cross-disciplinary research  and strong team collaboration. Thus, we are looking for a candidate  with proven collaborative skills and the ability to enrich the  scientific environment in the Department by initiating and coordinating  new research initiatives (e.g. EU H2020 and FP9, ERC, Danish national  funding) and by strengthening the Department’s scientific network both  nationally and internationally. We expect that you have a documented  track record of attracting substantial research funding.

Your profile
We  expect you to have a strong scientific background in biology or similar  with focus on marine biodiversity, an international career and an  extensive international network within marine science. You should have a  PhD in biology or a related field and an international top-level  research profile within one or more of the following key topics:

  • Marine biodiversity
  • Benthic flora and fauna
  • Phytoplankton and zooplankton
  • Invasive species in the marine environment
  • Relations between human pressures and key ecosystem components, including effects of climate change
  • State-of–the-art sampling and monitoring techniques in the marine environment

The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent scientific  leadership and have experience in supervising postdocs, PhD students and  MSc students.

We expect that you are fluent in spoken and  written English and ideally in one additional European language, and it  is important to us that you are a team player and have strong  inter-personal skills and international experience. You will be expected  to learn spoken and written Danish within the first two to three years.  Relevant courses will be offered.

The Department
The  Department of Bioscience is engaged in research programmes, teaching  curricula and consultancy covering all major biological sub-disciplines,  and we conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and  ecology, Arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity and  conservation biology, genetics and evolution, microbiology and  zoophysiology. The Department currently employs approximately 350  academic and technical staff and have around 75 PhD students and 500 BSc  and MSc students.

The Department has a unique research  environment at top international level in the field of aquatic biology  and ecology. Our competencies cover a wide spectrum, from the biology of  organisms to modelling water and nutrient cycles from land to sea.  Research focus areas include human impact on species, the environment  and the global nutrient cycle, the effects of global climate change on  biological, chemical and physical processes in and around the aquatic  environment, assessment of water quality and ecological status and  studies on the effects of measures that can be used to manage and reduce  the loss of carbon, nutrients and pollutants to the aquatic  environment. The activities take place at a national and international  level with main activities in Denmark and Northern Europe, including the  Arctic.

The Department plays a leading role in providing advice  to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including  implementation and assessment of EU marine directives. We are also  deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA) and  engaged in the management of the large national environmental  databases.

What we offer
The position is open  for candidates as a full professor position, depending on  qualifications. Please justify your application by outlining how your  qualifications meet the criteria. Please note that we have two  parallel opening of positions: one as professor and one as senior  researcher. Only one of these positions will be filled as we wish to  hire the best qualified candidate at the level of either professor or  senior researcher. Requirements for the two types of positions can be found here.

The position is physically located at the Department of Bioscience, AU  Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). Our  research builds upon a strong infrastructure with several smaller boats  as well as the large research vessel Aurora. We also host a number of  well-equipped research laboratories.

The Department offers a  vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions  for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute  elite and with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. The working  environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working  relations with developed professional and social network activities  among young scientists. English is widely spoken and we welcome  applicants from abroad. The Department has a good gender and age balance  with a strong work-life balance policy. Read more about the special  opportunities for junior researchers and services available when  relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

Further information:
Further  information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the  Section of Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology, Karsten Dahl (+45  87158566 /+45 21201970; kda@bios.au.dk), or Head of Department Peter  Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@bios.au.dk).

Application procedure
Shortlisting  is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with  the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the  assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the  candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an  assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the  requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified  within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an  expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will  be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive  his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final  letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the  main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The  application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree  certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future  research plans and information about research activities, teaching  portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if  any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment  shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the  Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional  Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job  content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Research  activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus,  we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research  activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span  of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific  productivity.

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

Aarhus  University offers a broad variety of services for international  researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and  career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.


Deadline: Friday 15 Mar 2019 at 23:59 CET


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