Academic Positions

Full Professorship in Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Health 1011230

The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a position as full professor within the fields of wildlife ecotoxicology and population health. The position is available from September 1, 2019 or as soon as possible.

We expect the candidate to have a very strong scientific background in veterinary science, biology or similar, an international career, and an extensive international network within wildlife ecotoxicology. The candidate should have an international top-level research profile within one or more of the following topics:
• Impacts of environmental toxicants on wildlife and associated impacts on human health
• Cumulative stress of environmental toxicants and diseases on wildlife populations
• Interactions between humans, environment and wildlife health in a climate change context
• State of the art laboratory and analyses techniques

The successful candidate must be able to analyze the interactions between environmental toxicant concentrations and wildlife health based on temporal trend data and laboratory analyses. A candidate with experience in designing and leading monitoring programs and with extensive field experience from temperate and particularly Arctic regions will be preferred as the position will be involved in advise to expert groups in relation to the Arctic Council. Hence, the candidate will be expected to participate in advisory activities to authorities on impacts of e.g. contaminants and zoonotic diseases on wildlife health and possible links to human health. The candidate must demonstrate good communication skills at conferences, teaching, in public media and through scientific publications.

Research and advisory activities at the department are project-driven with a solid tradition in cross-disciplinary research and strong team collaboration. Thus, we are looking for a candidate with proven collaborative skills and the ability to enrich the scientific environment in the department by initiating and coordinating new excellent and highly innovative research initiatives (e.g. ERC, Danish national research funding, EU H2020, BONUS and FP9,) and by strengthening the department’s scientific network internationally as well as nationally.

The candidate should have a proven innovative research approach and must have a documented track record of attracting substantial research funding.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent scientific leadership and have experience in supervising postdocs, Ph.D. students and master students. We expect that the candidate will participate in course activities at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Department of Bioscience
The Department of Bioscience has 415 employees of which 332 are permanent employees and the majority of the remaining are Ph.D. 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 and the environment, the effects of global climate change on biological, chemical and physical processes in and around aquatic and terrestrial environments.  The department plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of EU Directives. We are deeply involved in the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) aimed at conducting geographical and temporal trend as well as effect assessments. The department has an extensive tissue bank as well as large and unique environmental databases.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Section, Jacob Nabe-Nielsen (+45 87158696 /+45 22481210); or Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557;

The applicant will be evaluated on extent, quality and originality of the applicant's body of international scientific experiences and publications, including contributions to further developing the subject area in question, fund raising, and teaching and advisory abilities.

Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed for full professors in:

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Department of Bioscience, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

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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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