Postdoc Position in Conservation and Population Genomics

A 12 month postdoctoral position will be available at the Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark, starting 15 April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointed postdoc will work on a project that will study genomic variation in two species of sea ducks of unfavourable conservation status that have recently experienced major declines in abundance (velvet scoter (Melanitta fusca) and long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis)). Using whole genome sequencing data, demographic histories will be reconstructed and contemporary and historical declines will be compared, and possible selective sweeps will be identified.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in population genomics or evolutionary biology and must document skills in population genomics analysis and bioinformatics. Experience and efficiency in writing scientific papers is also important. Finally, applicants should be ambitious, show strong collaborative skills, and should also be able to take initiatives and responsibility.

The project involves collaboration between Prof. Michael M. Hansen and Prof. Anthony Fox, both Aarhus University, and Consultant Iben Hove Sørensen, the Danish Hunters' Association. It is funded by the 15 June Foundation and the Hunters' Nature Foundation.

For more information about the Department of Biology, read here.

Contact information
For further details on the position, please contact Prof. Michael M. Hansen (mmh@bio.au.dk).

Place of Work
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 116, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Application deadline
Deadline for applications is 8 March 2021.

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 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.

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 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 08 March 2021

 


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