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Tenure track researcher/Senior researcher in marine ecosystem dynamics using remote sensing technologies

Is your focus of research on marine ecosystem status and dynamics by use of remote sensing and modelling tools? 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 either a senior researcher or a tenure track position?

The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
The successful candidate must be able to strengthen the Department’s profile in applied marine ecosystem research with special emphasis on new monitoring techniques such as remote sensing and modelling tools to be used in national and international environmental assessment of marine waters.

You will be part of a marine group that covers research, advisory and teaching across all aspects of marine topics mainly related to Danish and Arctic waters, although we currently also have projects in the tropics.
The research must support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish and European community on environmental issues, and dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders is an important task linked to the position.

Research and advisory activities at the Department 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. If applying at the level of senior researcher, we expect that you have a documented track record of attracting research funding. At the level of tenure track researcher, your scientific achievements should demonstrate a potential for attracting research funding.

Your profile
We expect you to have a strong scientific background in marine ecology, biological oceanography or similar with focus on marine environmental assessment using state-of-the-art monitoring and modelling techniques with focus on remote sensing, an international career and an international network within marine science. You should have a relevant PhD and an international top-level research profile within one or more of the following key topics:

  • Remote sensing of marine areas based on different platforms, e.g. satellites, drones or AUVs
  • 3D modelling for data interpolation, hypothesis testing and prediction 
  • Developing and applying state–of-the-art monitoring and modelling techniques in the marine environment
  • Marine large-scale environmental assessment
  • Interactions between human pressures and key ecosystem components, including effects of climate change

At the level of senior researcher, you need to be able to demonstrate excellent scientific leadership and have experience in supervising PhD and MSc students.

It is also important that you have international experience and are willing to strain your language skills towards learning Danish. You will be expected to learn spoken and written Danish within the first two to three years. Relevant courses will be offered. We expect that you already write and speak English fluently.

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 have also been deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA) and have easy access to large environmental databases.

What we offer
The position is a full-time position as either a senior researcher or a tenure track researcher leading towards a senior researcher position at Department of Bioscience, AU Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure, including high performance computer clusters and super computers, several smaller boats as well as the large research vessel Aurora. We also host a number of well-equipped research laboratories, including ICP-MS, fluorescence spectrophotometer, GC eDNA-facilities run by several lab technicians.

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. 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 the Head of the Section of Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology, Karsten Dahl (+45 87158566 /+45 21201970); kda@bios.au.dk), or Deputy Head of Department Mikkel Tamstorf (+45 87158684; mpt@bios.au.dk).

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed asor 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 Science and Technology 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, 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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

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