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Full professorship in Arctic Biogeochemistry 872885

The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a position as full professor to further strengthen the department’s activities within the field of Arctic biogeochemistry in Greenland as well as the Arctic in general.

The candidate should have an internationally strong research profile within biogeochemistry and carbon exchange within and across the terrestrial, limnic and marine ecosystems in the Arctic regions. We expect the candidate to have a background in physical geography, biology or similar as base for a strong international career and an extensive international network. He/she should have a proven innovative research approach in the laboratory as well as in the field and a documented track record of attracting substantial research funding.

The candidate is expected to work with and strengthen and expand the existing research groups within the Section of Arctic Ecosystem Ecology and within the Arctic Research Centre, where data from the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) are central. The department’s research and advisory activities are project-based with a solid tradition in cross-disciplinary research and strong collaboration. Strong collaborative skills are required in relation to the research in GEM where a leading role among both universities and more political based organizations is expected.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent scientific leadership and have experience in supervising postdocs and Ph.D. students. The candidate is also expected to participate in course activities at undergraduate level.

The position is offered as a full professorship to be filled as soon as possible.

Department of Bioscience
The department and the associated interdisciplinary Arctic Research Center have an international leading role within Arctic research, education and consultancy relating to the impact of climate change on Arctic nature and the society. The department has a central role in research on the regulation of carbon cycling and monitoring effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystems and communities. The major areas of focus are Arctic biodiversity and carbon exchange between the atmosphere and the terrestrial and marine areas, respectively, and the underlying biological, chemical and physical processes, as well as the interactions between these. We play a leading role in providing consultancy to the authorities of Greenland on environmental issues including wildlife health and medicine and the relation to human health in the Arctic. We are also deeply involved in the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring program (GEM, and run the interdisciplinary and internationally acclaimed research station, Zackenberg ( Aarhus University is a key member of the Arctic Science Partnership (

 Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Section, Dr. Niels Martin Schmidt (+45 4191 5664; or Head of Department Dr. Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557;

In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on the extent, quality and originality of the applicant's body of international scientific publications, including contributions to further developing the subject area in question. Moreover, an assessment will be made of the applicant's research management abilities and ability to attract research funding from research councils, EU and other funding sources.

Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed for full professors in:

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Department of Bioscience, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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 applicant to specify periods of e.g. maternal leaves without research activities. These time periods will be subtracted from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. We wish to recruit the best qualified candidate applying a broad perspective on competencies relevant to all aspects of the position and with a focus on collaborative skills.

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