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Professors in terrestrial ecology with focus on the Arctic environment

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

One or more positions as (full) professor within the field of terrestrial ecology with focus on Arctic environments are available at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University. The positions are to be filled as soon as possible.

The candidates are expected to work with, strengthen and expand the departments existing research groups studying effects of climate changes on Arctic terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. The department is responsible for several Arctic monitoring programs, and data from the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) and their linkages to various initiatives, such as Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), are central to the research and advisory activities in the department. The department’s research and advisory activities are project-based with a solid tradition in cross-disciplinary research and strong collaboration.

The candidates should have an internationally strong research profile within terrestrial ecosystem ecology and solid research experience in Arctic environments and ecosystems. We expect the candidates to have a background in biology or similar as base for a strong scientific career and an extensive international network. The candidates should be able to combine short-term research, long-term monitoring and experimental work across a broad selection of Arctic taxa and environments. Research areas of special interest include, but are not limited to, Arctic biodiversity, species interactions and population ecology. The candidates should demonstrate experience with an ecosystem approach spanning across the biotic and abiotic and preferably across terrestrial, limnic and marine ecosystems. We expect a solid theoretical and practical numeric and statistical background and proven experience with the analysis and processing of large datasets.

Strong collaborative as well as research management skills are required as is a strong international network and a documented track record of attracting substantial external funding. The candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent scientific leadership and experience in successful supervision of postdocs and Ph.D. students.

Department of Bioscience
The Department of Bioscience is engaged in research programs, teaching curricula and consultancy covering all major biological sub-disciplines, and we conduct world-class research in the areas of Arctic environment and ecosystems, aquatic biology and ecology, biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 250 academic and technical staff.

The department has an international leading role within Arctic research and advisory activities relating to the impact of environmental change on Arctic nature and the society. The department has a central role in research on effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystems and communities. The major areas of focus are Arctic terrestrial biodiversity, carbon exchange between land and atmosphere, and the underlying biological, chemical and physical processes, as well as the interactions between these. We play a leading role in providing advice 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, http://www.g-e-m.dk) and run the interdisciplinary and internationally acclaimed research station, Zackenberg (http://www.zackenberg.dk).

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding tradition for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite. The working languages are English and Danish, and we welcome applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at https://international.au.dk/research/.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Dr. Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@bios.au.dk) or Deputy Head of Department Dr. Mikkel Tamstorf (+45 53575044; mpt@bios.au.dk).

Place of Employment
The Department of Bioscience currently has three work locations; one in Roskilde, one in Silkeborg and one in Kalø. The latter two are located in Jutland and will move to the Aarhus University Campus within the next 2-3 years. The place of employment will be either in Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde) or in Kalø (Grenåvej 14, DK-8410 Rønde).

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.

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 Formalities and salary range
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.

The application must be written 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, track record of attracted research funding, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience and advisory activities. 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.

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 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.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Application Deadline: 15-09-2020

Ansøgningsfrist: 15.09.2020

Placering: Aarhus Nordre Ringgade 1

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