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Tenure Track researcher in Environmental DNA (eDNA), Aarhus University, Campus Roskilde, Denmark (932595)

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position in environmental DNA to strengthen and expand the research capability, and the research-based teaching and advisory activities at the department. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, subject to negotiation.
The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 120 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information can be found at

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology and should contribute to the section's scientific environment. The section conducts research and research-based advisory services targeted towards the understanding of the fate and role of individual microorganisms in ecosystems and interactions between bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. Expertise within the section includes:

• Microbiology in air, soil, ice, rhizosphere, and animal gut
• Microbial genetics and diversity
• Microbial ecology
• Bacteriophages
• Risk assessment
• Antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity
• Biodegradation
• eDNA analysis and use in environmental monitoring
• Protist ecology

Description of the position
The selected candidate is expected to:

• Further develop and consolidate the research area of environmental DNA within the department
• Contribute to scientific collaboration in the area of eDNA within the department and with Department of Bioscience as well as other departments at the faculty of Science and Technology within the ST center of eDNA ( in order to unfold the major potential for research based on eDNA and integrating eDNA analysis in environmental research and monitoring.
• Build up own externally funded research within the research areas of the section
• Contribute to ongoing research projects in environmental genetics and bioinformatics and to establish his/her own research program within the area of environmental DNA and ecology
• Attract external funding and actively contribute to the development of externally funded research and advisory services
• Further develop and support the sequencing facilities at the department
• Contribute to the teaching of graduate courses and to the development of a new curriculum in environmental science.

Qualification requirements
• The position requires a background in a relevant natural science discipline; e.g. molecular biology and ecology, biotechnology, microbiology or microbial ecology.
• Applicants should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to the Ph.D graduate level and have 2 -3 years of post-graduate research showing evidence of a strong and ambitious research oriented profile and an emerging publication record within eDNA research
• Documented experience with analysis of eDNA, both at the molecular level including Next Generation Sequencing and at the level of bioinformatics and statistical analysis, is required.
• Experience from participation in applications for external funding as well as participation in international collaboration is required.
• Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment.
• Some teaching experience within molecular biology and bioinformatics at the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected.

The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Program. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a permanent Senior Researcher. The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Program is to:

• attract outstanding talented individuals from all over the world
• to promote the early development of self-reliance 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:

• a mentoring program
• program to develop competence in research leadership
• support to develop scientific networks and results
• postgraduate teacher training for researchers, if feasible

Aarhus University carries out a mid-way evaluation to determine the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, addressing the criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is initiated before completion of five years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a permanent position as Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.

A startup package may be negotiated.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process. 

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, Campus Risø outside Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located 35 km from Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.
International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

English is spoken on a daily basis at the department. However, to be able to conduct tasks related to policy advise, and to participate in administrative/social activities, it will be in the interest of an international candidate to be able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates are, therefore, expected to learn Danish. Danish courses will be provided (also for the spouse

More information:
Further information may be obtained by contacting Head of Department, Professor Carsten Suhr Jacobsen (; +45 87 15 87 01), Deputy Head of Department Dr. Anne Winding (; +4587158615) or Head of Section, Professor Lars H Hansen (; +4597158588).

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 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.

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


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