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Senior researcher within the field of Arctic climate effects research and monitoring 1006623

Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University in Roskilde, is seeking a senior scientist to safeguard the department's monitoring of climate effects on terrestrial ecosystems in the Arctic, with special emphasis on the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) program at Zackenberg in Northeast Greenland and Nuuk (see more on http://g-e-m.dk/).

You will be part of a strong research group with emphasis on the biogeophysical monitoring program GeoBasis in Zackenberg, and will be involved in GeoBasis in Nuuk. You will have a central role in the coordination of the two monitoring programs in Zackenberg and Nuuk, and should thus expect several field work trips each year. You must also participate in interdisciplinary internal and external working groups, such as ICOS (www.icos-denmark.dk), working on analyzing and modeling the effects of climate change in the Arctic.
You must have a strong research profile within one or more of the topics in the program (Snow, Soil & Permafrost, Climatology, Hydrology, Trace gas exchange, Geomorphology) and be able to attract external funding for research within these areas.

Work tasks
You will be responsible for the biogeophysical monitoring of the environment in Zackenberg including the field work taking place from late April to late October and will participate in the biogeophysical monitoring at Nuuk in Greenland - the latter in close collaboration with University of Copenhagen. The purpose of the monitoring program is to provide data documenting the climate effects in the biological and geophysical environment of the Arctic. Monitoring in Zackenberg has taken place since 1995, while monitoring in Nuuk was initiated in 2007. Both Zackenberg and Nuuk sites are part of the European initiative ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System). You will join a team that collects and analyzes data from Zackenberg and Nuuk in order to identify and assess the effects of climate on the function of the terrestrial ecosystem, its stability and the coupling of individual ecosystem elements to other parts of the ecosystem. You are expected to supervise both Master and PhD students. Teaching at the university level may be possible. You are also expected to participate in climate related advisory work to relevant ministries and international organizations like Arctic Council a.o.

You have a PhD degree in physical geography, biogeophysics, biogeochemistry or the like. You have solid experience in project management, field measurements of biogeophysical data as well as substantial experience in statistical data analysis and modeling. Carbon flux measurements by the use of micrometeorological techniques (eddy covariance) is a major focus of the GeoBasis programme and specific experience in handling large datasets within this area is an important advantage. You are expected to have experience with and want to be part of a diverse team of researchers and logisticians – not only within the department but also among a range of collaborating national and international institutions. Experience in organizing and conducting fieldwork also including remotely placed automated measurement systems in the Arctic regions is mandatory.

You are also expected to contribute actively to the development of the departments expertise within modeling and analyses of ecosystem functioning and response to climate change and other drivers.

You should have a documented strong experience in attracting external funding for research within one or more of the areas mentioned above.

The working environment
You will be part of a challenging and inspiring scientific environment with excellent opportunities to establish or expand existing relationships with other researchers at Aarhus University and abroad. Department of Bioscience aims at consolidating and expanding the department's position on the use of monitoring and research data on the circumpolar scale, and you will have a central role in this work. The monitoring conducted at Zackenberg and Nuuk is carried out in close collaboration with internal and external research projects, and you will play an active role in the interplay between them, and in the process of attracting new research and monitoring projects to the department.

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 network activities among young scientists, and social activities. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

Further information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Section Niels Martin Schmidt (+45 87158683 /+45 41915664); mpt@bios.au.dk) or Deputy Head of Department Mikkel Tamstorf (+45 87158684; mpt@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. (in Danish).

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

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

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