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Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University announces a 2 years position as researcher within the field of freshwater ecology 982386

The Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University, Section for Stream and Wetland Ecology, invites applications for a 2 years position as researcher in freshwater ecology with research, consultancy and teaching activities focusing on stream ecology. The position is available from September 1, 2018, or as soon as possible here after.

Research area
The Section for Stream and Wetland Ecology conducts research within the field of stream and wetland ecology with particular emphasis on elucidating the impact of local and regional processes on the biological communities from simple organisms over populations to whole ecosystems. We explore impacts of climate-related changes in temperature and runoff and the interactions between these and a number of central and contemporary influences (multiple stressors). We address both basic scientific and application-oriented topics and undertake both experimental studies and descriptive analyses of extensive data sets from earlier projects as well as from the national monitoring program NOVANA in our research projects. An important element of the section's activities is research-based consultancy services to authorities and society, and the research therefore contributes actively to ensuring that the management of stream and wetland areas has a research-based foundation.

We seek an internationally competitive researcher with a strong academic track record in stream ecology. Expertise in macroinvertebrate community ecology is an advantage. The candidate must have a PhD in freshwater ecology or related fields.

Documented experience in obtaining research funding, managing projects and ability to develop an innovative research agenda together with colleagues and external partners is an asset. Additionally, the appointee is expected to participate in research-based consultancy services to authorities and society and therefore the ability to communicate in Danish will be an advantage.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging position with focus on research and advisory activities in an international atmosphere and a work environment characterized by strong collaboration.

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 Department’s 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 university’s 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 at top international level in the field of aquatic biology and ecology. Our competencies cover a wide spectrum, from the biology of organisms to modelling water and nutrient cycles from land to sea. Research focus areas include human impact on species, the environment and the global nutrient cycle, 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.

Working place
Place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience at Vejlsøvej 25, DK-8600 Silkeborg, Denmark.

Further information
Further information can be obtained from Head of the Section of Stream and Wetland Ecology Annette Baatrup-Pedersen, tel. +45 8715 8776, e-mail:

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, 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. 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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