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Tenure track researcher/Senior researcher in marine ecotoxicology

Is your research focus on marine ecotoxicology? Do you have a strong academic profile and are you interested in contributing significantly to the development of the marine section and research of the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Campus Roskilde, in either a senior researcher or a tenure track researcher position?

The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
You will have to combine knowledge of ecology, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology within the framework of international legislation for the purpose of assessing the environmental status of Danish and Greenland waters. You must have an open mind to new methods and gaps in knowledge that need to be filled to improve future assessments and take into account possible new stressors in the environment.

You will be part of a marine group that covers research, advisory activities and teaching across marine topics related to mainly temperate and Arctic waters, although we currently also have projects in the tropics.

The present job profile covers research as well as advisory activities. The research will support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish and Greenland authorities on environmental issues, including regional sea conventions and EU directives. Dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders is an important task related to the position.

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 work as part of a team 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 you apply as a 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 biology, analytical chemistry or similar with focus on marine ecotoxicology, an international career, an international network and experience within marine science. You should have a PhD in marine biology or environmental chemistry and an international top-level research profile within one or more of the following key topics:

  • Marine ecotoxicology
  • Marine chemical monitoring and assessment methodologies
  • Developing and improving methods for assessing ecotoxicity
  • Developing and improving methods for chemical analysis and speciation
  • New contaminants and their effects on the marine environment

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.

As a major part of our advisory work is in Danish, we expect you to learn written and spoken Danish within the first two or three years of employment and relevant courses will be offered. It is also expected that you write and speak English fluently and have excellent communication skills.

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 has 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 of Bioscience 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), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines and for the sampling and analysis of biological parameters, hazardous substances in sediment and biota, and nutrients in water. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases, covering both the Arctic and the North and the Baltic Seas.

What we offer
The position is a full time position as either senior researcher or 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 research infrastructure with 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-PFPD, HPLC and 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 Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@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 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 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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