Academic Positions

Three-year postdoc position in Next-generation Molecular Ecology using Environmental DNA 935891

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoc position at Department of Bioscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark. The position is available from 1 February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Research area and project description
The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) is rapidly changing the way scientists obtain biological information on the living world, and we are continuously improving means and applications of molecular ecological analyses. This postdoc will obtain and analyse DNA data from a range of different samples such as water, soil and faecal samples etc. Field work and sample collection will be conducted both in Denmark and abroad. Studies will span from analyses of entire biological communities to population genetic data of selected target species. A major component of the work will also be development and improvement of bioinformatics pipelines to analyse eDNA data from next-generation sequencing. There will be flexibility for developing own research ideas related to environmental DNA and molecular ecology in collaboration with the group. We work with diverse ecosystems from the Arctic to the tropics.
Qualifications and Specific Competences
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent, or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. We seek a candidate that has a strong expertise in molecular work (preferably eDNA), bioinformatics tools used in next-generation sequencing as well as population genomics. Skills in statistical analyses of molecular and ecological data are critical, hereunder experience with R. The candidate is also expected to have good collaborative skills and proven abilities to publish at a high international level.
The successful candidate will also be responsible for the daily management of his/her research project in coordination with other members of the group, and will be actively involved in the training and co-supervision of other staff members and students.

Place of Employment and Work
This postdoc will be part of a new research group on environmental DNA led by Associate Professor Philip Francis Thomsen. The place of employment and work is Section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. More information about the people and research activities of the section can be found at

Contact information
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Philip Francis Thomsen (

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 appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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. 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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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 39,000 students and 8,000 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 884 million Learn more at