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Research assistant, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (time limited position)

Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Roskilde, seeks a biologist with experience in monitoring of marine mammals.

Work area
The work will consist of monitoring, identification of food choice and tagging of seals and harbour porpoises in Denmark, identification of food choice in otters, and other tasks at Section for Marine Mammal Research in Roskilde. It will entail a considerable amount of field work, but also preparation of scientific reports and contribution to scientific papers. Dissemination of research and communication with stakeholders will be an integrated part of the position.

We seek a biologist (M.Sc. or similar). We would like the position filled by someone with knowledge of behavioural biology, seal and porpoise ecology, studies of food choice and use of drones for monitoring. You must be able to work independently as well as in teams, and experience with field work is an advantage. We expect you to be skilled at disseminating, orally as well as in writing, in both Danish and English. Experience with advanced data analyses is an advantage.

About us:
The Department of Bioscience hosts research programs, teaching curricula and consultancy that cover 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 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 of Bioscience, Roskilde, plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of marine EU directives. We are deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines, sampling and analysis of hazardous substances in sediment and biota, nutrients in water and biological parameters. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases, covering both the Arctic and the North- and Baltic Sea.

You will be working in Section for Marine Mammal Research in Roskilde ( The research and advisory work conducted at the section is focused on analyses species that cause conflicts with humans, effects of anthropogenic disturbances and pollutants on individuals and populations of marine mammals in Denmark and Greenland.

The work place is Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde.

Contact Jacob Nabe-Nielsen at +45 2248 1210 (head of section) for further details regarding the position.

The position is limited to the period 1 September 2019 – 31 December 2020, but may be extended.

Application procedure
Short-listing 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.

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

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

08 August 2019


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