Full professorship in marine biodiversity

Aarhus University


Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology - Faculty: Science and Technology

Full professorship in marine biodiversity

30 Jan

15 Mar

Expected start
1 May

Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde

Full-time position


Is your research focus on marine biodiversity? Do you have a strong academic profile and are you interested in contributing significantly to the development of the marine sections and research of Department of Bioscience in a professor position?

The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
The successful candidate must be able to strengthen the Department’s profile in research on marine biodiversity topics with special emphasis on the European marine directives. You will be a part of the marine group that covers research, advisory tasks and some teaching across all aspects marine topics mainly related to Danish and Arctic waters, although we currently also have projects in the tropics.

Your research must support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues, which includes dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders. At the same time, the research must strengthen the Department’s international profile within the topic of marine biodiversity.

The Department’s research and advisory activities are project-driven with a solid tradition of 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 research initiatives (e.g. EU H2020 and FP9, ERC, Danish national funding) and by strengthening the Department’s scientific network both nationally and internationally. We expect that you have a documented track record of attracting substantial research funding.

Your profile
We expect you to have a strong scientific background in biology or similar with focus on marine biodiversity, an international career and an extensive international network within marine science. You should have a PhD in biology or a related field and an international top-level research profile within one or more of the following key topics:

  • Marine biodiversity
  • Benthic flora and fauna
  • Phytoplankton and zooplankton
  • Invasive species in the marine environment
  • Relations between human pressures and key ecosystem components, including effects of climate change
  • State-of–the-art sampling and monitoring techniques in the marine environment

The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent scientific leadership and have experience in supervising postdocs, PhD students and MSc students.

We expect that you are fluent in spoken and written English and ideally in one additional European language, and it is important to us that you are a team player and have strong inter-personal skills and international experience. You will be expected to learn spoken and written Danish within the first two to three years. Relevant courses will be offered.

The Department
The Department of Bioscience is engaged in research programmes, teaching curricula and consultancy covering all major biological sub-disciplines, and we conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, Arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation biology, genetics and evolution, microbiology and zoophysiology. The Department currently employs approximately 350 academic and technical staff and have around 75 PhD students and 500 BSc and MSc students.

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 the effects of measures that can be used to manage and reduce the loss of carbon, nutrients and pollutants to the aquatic environment. The activities take place at a national and international level with main activities in Denmark and Northern Europe, including the Arctic.

The Department plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of EU marine directives. We are also deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA) and engaged in the management of the large national environmental databases.

What we offer
The position is open for candidates as a full professor position, depending on qualifications. Please justify your application by outlining how your qualifications meet the criteria. Please note that we have two parallel opening of positions: one as professor and one as senior researcher. Only one of these positions will be filled as we wish to hire the best qualified candidate at the level of either professor or senior researcher.Requirements for the two types of positions can be found here. The position is physically located at the Department of Bioscience, AU Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure with several smaller boats as well as the large research vessel Aurora. We also host a number of well-equipped research laboratories.

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite and with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations with developed professional and social network activities among young scientists. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. The Department has a good gender and age balance with a strong work-life balance policy. Read more about the special opportunities for junior researchers and services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

Further information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Section of Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology, Karsten Dahl (+45 87158566 /+45 21201970; kda@bios.au.dk), or Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@bios.au.dk).


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.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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.

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