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Department of Biology - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity

2-yr postdoc on Megafauna complexity as a global driver of vegetation diversity – an integrative macroecology-remote sensing study

Deadline 1 Oct

Expected start 1 Jan

  • Department of Biology - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity Ny Munkegade 116 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 ID: 3736

The Department of Biology, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on Megafauna complexity as a global driver of vegetation diversity (MEGACOMPLEXITY).
This postdoc project is part of the project “Megafauna complexity as a global driver of vegetation diversity” (MEGACOMPLEXITY) funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, which aims to provide a comprehensive, societally relevant assessment of the extent to which megafauna shape vegetation structure in natural terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. The postdoc project will contribute to this broader objective through analyses combining information on vegetation dynamics from satellite-based remote sensing with macroecological and geographic data on fauna, land use (e.g., protection areas) etc.

Starting Date and Period
The position is for 2 years with the possibility of 1 year extension and is available from 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.
Job description
The postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and lead at least two high-quality papers per year in this research area, contribute to the project’s public outreach and teaching, as well as collaborate with other team members, including students, sharing skills, and helping solve problems in her/his area of expertise.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in ecology (or equivalent), or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. Expertise with satellite-based remote sensing data and ecology are expected, with experience with megafauna also an advantage. Strong skills in statistical and geospatial modelling are expected, hereunder solid experience with R. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good skills in English and international applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills and fluency.

Application materials
In addition to the application, CV (which should include your number of citations and H-index from Google Scholar) and diplomas, please include a 1-page outline of your ideas for the postdoc research project.
Who we are
Project PI prof. Jens-Christian Svenning will be the supervisor. The postdoc will join Svenning’s team within the Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF). BIOCHANGE is a center of excellence focused on improving our understanding, predictive capacity, and responses to the ongoing and future dynamics in biodiversity under global change. ECOINF harbors strong expertise in macroecology, remote sensing, and megafauna and vegetation ecology, as well as in ecology and biodiversity broadly. Together BIOCHANGE and ECOINF constitute an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research community. Selected top-level international collaborators will be included where relevant. Postdocs and PhD students are encouraged to collaborate within the group, across departments and with other universities. More information about the people and research activities of the group can be found here and here.
What we offer
The successful candidate is offered:
  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure
  • office space, shared equipment
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance
Place of Work
The place of employment and work is Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and Section of Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
Contact Information
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, phone +45 28992304, e-mail: svenning@bio.au.dk.
1 October 2020
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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences 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.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Jens-Christian Svenning

Jens-Christian Svenning Professor, Centre Director, Department of Biology - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity +4587156571 svenning@bio.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR emply.st.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Thursday 1 Oct 2020 at 23:59 CEST