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Postdoc position in bio-optics, remote sensing and marine monitoring techniques 978452

Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University invites applications for a one-year Postdoc position in bio-optics, remote sensing and marine monitoring techniques with start as soon as possible.

The position is within a research group conducting basic and applied research while supporting advisory activities within marine management. The activities relate to projects with focus on setting up a bio-optical model for Danish marine waters as well as monitoring of chlorophyll in the North Sea with remote sensing and other automated techniques. As part of developing new monitoring techniques, the research group is also developing a bio-optical model for coastal waters and estuaries. Data validation, data handling and database techniques are important components and the successful candidate must have experience in handling of large data sets, programming experience and strong mathematical competencies. The candidate is expected to participate in the development of a proposal for a joint monitoring program for open marine areas like the North Sea based on different techniques like remote sensing, ship based sampling and other automated approaches.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental sciences, marine ecology, statistics, mathematics or a closely related field and a documented publication record. Experience with bio-optics, remote sensing techniques and marine monitoring as well as knowledge about EU directives related to the marine environment will be an advantage.

Department of Bioscience
The department of Bioscience has 415 employees of which 332 are permanent employees and the majority of the remaining employees are PhD students and postdocs. The Departments research areas cover most aspects of biology, spanning all biological levels from genes, physiological processes, individuals, populations and species to entire ecosystems. Strategic and applied research account for a large part of the research activities at the Department of Bioscience. Geographically, the department works from the tropics to the poles, but with greater focus on Danish conditions. The fact that the department is working with both basic and applied science provides unique opportunities for contributing to the universitys core activities: research, teaching, consultancy and talent development as well as a good foundation for building business collaborations.

The Department has a unique research environment in the field of aquatic biology and ecology. Our competencies cover a wide spectrum, from the biology of organisms to modelling bio-geochemical cycling of nutrients. Research areas include human impact on biodiversity, the environment and the global nutrient cycles, 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 effects of measures that can be used to manage and reduce the loss of carbon, nutrients and pollutants to the aquatic environment. Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure, including the research vessel Aurora.

The position is within the Section for Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology. The section is widely involved in advisory work for the Ministry of Environment and Food.

Working place
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, and the working place is Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The position is open with start as soon as possible but with possibilities to finish current obligations and with possibilities for extension depending on the funding situation.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Stiig Markager, phone: +45 61710081, or Head of Department Peter Henriksen, phone +45 87158 557,

Application procedure
Shortlisting 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. 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.

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