The Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University (Roskilde), invites  applications for a full-time researcher position (tenure track),  focusing on marine benthic ecology.

Expected start date and duration of employment
This is a full-time position starting on 1 November 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.‍

Job description

You  will contribute to research and advisory work for the authorities on  marine ecosystems in the cross-field between the development of  off-shore wind energy and national and international obligations to  protect the marine biodiversity.

The work will consider  characterisation and mapping of bottom fauna communities in Danish  waters and characterisation of effects from off-shore wind structures  and parks. Other topics will be related to Marine Protected Areas and  effects on benthic species and communities by other anthropogenic  pressures like hazardous substances, trawling, eutrophication etc. You  will also be involved in the efforts to identify, monitor and model the  distribution of benthic non-indigenous species. Further, it is expected  that you participate in the general advisory work related to the marine  EU directives, and other international conventions.

You will be a  part of the marine group that covers research and advisory tasks across  the marine environment mainly related to Danish and Arctic waters.  Activities will be conducted in close collaboration with particularly  the staff in the section for marine biodiversity and experimental  ecology as well as national and international partners.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in marine ecology, environmental sciences, or similar. We expect that you have:

  • Expert knowledge on bottom ecology
  • Expert knowledge of pressures and effects on benthos
  • Very good skills in tools for characterization and mapping benthic communities
  • Experience in field work
  • Experience with molecular techniques for marine monitoring
  • Experience in data analysis, databases and statistical tools
  • Publications in high-ranking journals
  • Good collaboration skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team within marine science
  • Very good knowledge of English (written and oral)
  • Good communication skills (scientific community, the public, stakeholders, and managers)
  • Preferable experience with advisory work

Who we are

The Department of Ecoscience is engaged  in research programs and advisory work covering the major biological  subdisciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic  biology and ecology, Arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity,  conservation biology and wildlife management.  The Department currently  employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many  PhD students.

The successful candidate will work in a dynamic and  internationally engaged scientific environment at the Section for  Marine Biodiversity and Experimental Ecology (for more information see this link).‍

The  department is, and wishes to continue to be, an active, dynamic and  inspiring workplace with exciting challenges, enthusiastic colleagues  and academic opportunities for development. The department wishes to  support employees in creating a good balance between their work and home  lives and to maintain and attract talented and committed staff, where  freedom, creativity and respect for the long-term perspective are core  values. For more information on the Department see this link.

What we offer

The department offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • access to >35 years extensive national monitoring data
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national,  international collaborators from the scientific, public management and  private sectors.
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Place of work and area of employment

The  place of work is Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark, and the  area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

For further information, please contact  Head of Section, Karsten Dahl, +45 21 20 19 70‍

Ensuring  gender balance at the Department of Ecoscience is a high priority at  Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this  position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all  applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the  position in question.

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

Technical Sciences Tenure Track

Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world  attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track  Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researcher for a  period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement  to a tenured position as Senior Researcher.

The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:

  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University  carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure  track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used  in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after  five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be  offered a tenured position as Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

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.

Deadline: 23 June 2023

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf,  please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your  application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the  person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information,  and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter  of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is  not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the  application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

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 Taxation 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 Taxation  and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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.

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.

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.

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