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Professor in biodiversity and conservation

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

The Department of Ecoscience (ECOS), Aarhus University is seeking a professor to undertake research and consultancy within the field of biodiversity and conservation in Denmark

Expected start date and duration of employment
This is a permanent position starting from January 1st 2023 or as soon possible thereafter.

Research area
The role of this position is to strengthen the research and consultancy activities within ECOS, particularly with regards to conservation, protection, and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems in Denmark.

ECOS gathers information about the state of and changes in biodiversity, and we examine how human activities and natural processes affect biodiversity. This position has a particular focus on the status of rare and declining habitats and species, as well as on how such status assessments should be carried out.
The successful candidate will be placed in the Section for Biodiversity and is expected to attract funding, design research projects, and take a lead in the dissemination of knowledge and strategic tools from the section in scientific publications, to decision makers (particularly via the Ministry of Environment) as well as to the wider public. Further, the applicant is expected to contribute to the supervision of PhDs, post docs and junior fellow researchers.

The candidate should have an internationally strong research profile within biodiversity and community ecology and considerable experience with the management of large research projects preferably within temperate natural and human dominated terrestrial ecosystems.

It is a requirement of the position that the candidate has a solid background in the development of ecological theory and proven experience with design of monitoring programs, as well as in statistical analyses and processing of large datasets.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the science-policy interface by dissemination of knowledge and strategic priorities to decision makers and the public. We expect strong expertise in turning scientific empirical evidence into appropriate decision tools for conservation planning.

The candidate must be prepared to undertake interdisciplinary research teamwork and acquire independent research funding. Thus, we expect a track record of attracting substantial research funding.

Who we are:
The Department of Ecoscience is engaged in research programs, teaching curricula and advisory work covering the major biological subdisciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity, and conservation biology. The Department holds a strong position in international biodiversity research and is a national leader in research-based consultancy and knowledge exchange on evidence-based and cost-effective conservation and management of biodiversity in Denmark. The Department currently employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many PhD students.

The successful candidate will work in a dynamic and internationally engaged scientific environment at the Section for Biodiversity (for more information see: https://ecos.au.dk/en/researchconsultancy/research-areas/biodiversity

What we offer
The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with elite international university partners and with the Danish Ministry of the Environment.

The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations. English is widely spoken in the department, and we welcome applicants from abroad. The Department has a strong work-life balance policy and seeks a good gender and age balance. Read more about the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is C.F. Møllers Allé, DK-8000, Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information
For further information about the position, please contact Department Head Ole Hertel, (email: oh@ecos.au.dk; tel: +45 3018 3114) or Head of Section Toke T. Høye (email: tth@ecos.au.dk; tel.: + 45 8715 8892).
Ensuring gender balance at the Department of Ecoscience is a high priority at Aarhus University, and therefore, we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.

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 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.

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

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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/

Ansøgningsfrist: 11.08.2022

Placering: Aarhus C C.F. Møllers Allé 8

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