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Data scientist at Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO)



Ny Munkegade 116, 8000 Aarhus, Danmark

ID: 2336048
Indrykket for 100 dage siden
Do you want to play a central role in managing research data and databases, developing procedures and workflows for efficient data analyses, providing research support and guidance to researchers and supervision for graduate and undergraduate students at new Center of Excellence at Aarhus University? Are you interested in a versatile job and motivated to work in close collaboration with researchers, technical-administrative staff members, students, collaborators, and data providers in an international and recognized research environment?

Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO) at the Department of Biology at Aarhus University is looking for a data scientist for a 5-year full-time position from January 2024. You will become part of the center’s administrative and research support team in close collaboration with Professor and Center Director Jens-Christian Svenning. You can read more about the center here: ECONOVO - Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere - Aarhus University (au.dk).

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Retrieving, processing, and organizing relevant data sources.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of several databases including the PHYLACINE, Treechange and BIEN databases (involving leading to assisting roles).
  • Developing procedures and workflows for efficient data analysis and assuring reproducibility of these analyses in collaboration with center researchers and students.
  • Contribute to ECONOVO’s scientific work via research support (analyses, coding) to the scientific staff and students. In select cases, this may also involve assisting the work all the way to publication.
  • Data management of all center data and analyses.
  • Contribute to supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students – notably in data collection and analysis.
  • Contribute to teaching graduate and undergraduate students in GIS, R, and other technical aspects.


We are looking for a candidate with a MSc or PhD (an advantage) in ecology or biology who has experience from research institutions and with a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience with geospatial data analysis and database management. Experience with research support will be an advantage.

We are specifically looking for someone with the specific qualifications:

  • Proven capabilities in handling and analyzing geospatial data.
  • In-depth knowledge of programming languages (e.g., R, Python, SQL)
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with GIS and other geospatial modelling platforms (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, GEE)
  • Experience with Git
  • Knowledge of acquiring, downloading, handling, and synthesizing data from various data sources
  • Excellent knowledge in statistical analyses and modelling, visualization & communication
  • Good collaboration skills across different groups of employees
  • Expertise in ecology, biodiversity, plant ecology, megafauna ecology is an advantage
  • Experience with supervision and teaching


We expect you to be independent, have abilities to share and transfer knowledge, and can contribute with high-level research support in handling and analysis of large geospatial data. In addition, the position requires that you can navigate and prioritize in an interdisciplinary and intense research environment among many colleagues and students. It is a prerequisite that you are good at communicating in English and Danish.

Application deadline is September 30, 2023.

Start date is January 1, 2024.

Workplace: Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO) at Department of Biology, Ny Munkegade 114, 8000 Aarhus C.

Further information: please contact Center Director and Professor, Jens-Christian Svenning on 28992304.


The Department of Biology

The Department of Biology (http://bio.au.dk/) provides a framework for 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.

About Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically broad and research-intensive university with high quality in education and research, and a strong commitment to social development nationally and globally. The University offers an inspiring educational and research environment for 39,000 students and 8,000 employees (full-time equivalent) with annual revenues of DKK 6.6 billion. Read more at www.au.dk

Formalities and salary range

Salary and terms as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Unions.

Everyone, irrespective of their personal background, is encouraged to apply.

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.

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


Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

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