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Department of Biology - Aquatic Biology

Postdoc position at Department for Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Deadline 1 Feb 23:59 CET

Expected start 1 Jun

  • Department of Biology - Aquatic Biology Ole Worms Allé 1 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jun 2023 - 31 May 2025 ID: 10833

Department of Biology advertises a two-year post doc position starting 1 June 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The candidate will be employed in the Section of Aquatic Biology and work in the EU-funded Wet Horizons programme on large-scale wetland restoration in Europe. 

Research area and project description

Understanding the trade-offs associated with restoring wetlands in human-dominated landscapes (e.g., improving habitat for biodiversity vs avoiding production of greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide) is essential for implementing large-scale wetland restoration in Europe. You will focus on quantifying the habitat and biodiversity benefits of wetland restoration across Europe. You will investigate the side-effects of restoration activities, including changes in hydrology, flood and drought management, and net carbon balances. Your work will focus on collating and synthesizing information on the management dilemmas in restoration, and identifying trade-offs in restoration activities. You will help develop a database on trade-offs, in collaboration with project partners on the Wet Horizons project. Your work will ultimately contribute to improved restoration practices to minimize trade-offs.


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in ecology, or related fields, and with a strong research background in restoration ecology and data management. Knowledge and experience specifically on wetland ecosystems, and on biodiversity and plant and microbial gas exchange is an advantage.
We look for the following specific qualifications:
  • Proven capabilities in handling and analysing large datasets.
  • Expertise in collating literature information on ecosystems and biodiversity values.
  • Proven understanding of wetland ecosystems and nutrient and carbon cycling processes in wetlands.
  • Strong knowledge of statistical software (e.g., R) and database software.
  • Ability to synthesise data and provide understanding of multiple interacting biological processes in restoration projects.
  • Proven ability to publish at a high international level and in key journals within the field.
  • Good collaboration skills across different groups of employees, including international collaboration.
  • It is a prerequisite that you are good at communicating in English.

Place of employment

The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Aquatic Biology, Ole Worms Alle 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. You will be part of the Wet Horizons Consortium, an EU Horizons-funded programme.

Contact information

Any questions about the position can be directed to Assoc. Prof. Brian Sorrell.
For more information about our Section: AU Biology - Section for Aquatic Biology

The European Wet Horizons Research Consortium

The WET HORIZONS’ consortium includes 14 partners across Europe with recognized expertise in data collection, models, biodiversity, greenhouse gas fluxes, emission factors, and restoration. WET HORIZONS will promote feasible and more ambitious legislation towards protecting and restoring European wetlands to increase benefits for climate and biodiversity. This research will ultimately assist large scale restoration of peatlands, floodplains, and coastal wetlands by minimizing trade-offs.
For more information about the Wet Horizons project: Read here: Wet Horizons and here: Wet Horizons wants to fast-track wetland restoration across Europe (au.dk).

The Department of Biology

The Department of Biology (http://bio.au.dk/) provides research and teaching in all major biological subdisciplines. The department is especially known for its research contribution in biodiversity, global change and conservation biology, aquatic biology and ecology, arctic environment and ecosystems, genetics and evolution, microbiology and zoophysiology. The department currently encompasses approximately 150 academic and technical staff and 30 PhD students. Nearly 500 students follow the BSc and MSc programs offered by the institute.

The department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with a long-standing tradition of collaboration with international university partners. Much of the internal communication is in English and we welcome international applicants.


Applications must be received no later than 1 February 2023.

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.

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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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?

Brian Keith Sorrell

Brian Keith Sorrell Associate Professor, Department of Biology - Aquatic Biology +4523666864 brian.sorrell@bio.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593522295 nat-tech.HR.team1@au.dk


Deadline: Wednesday 1 Feb 2023 at 23:59 CET