Researcher - effects of underwater noise Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (time limited position)

Noise from ships and offshore construction work is intensifying worldwide, as is the need to understand how this influences marine life. We are currently seeking a highly talented researcher with strong analytical skills to investigate the impacts of underwater noise on marine animals, in particular effects on health, behaviour, distribution, and population dynamics of marine mammals. The successful candidate will join a strong research team that has worked on acquiring underwater sound data and on investigating impacts of underwater noise on seals and harbour porpoises over the last two decades, and the candidate is expected to contribute to ongoing research projects and participate in advisory work on these topics.

The position offers opportunity to participate in research based on a combination of underwater sound data, animal tracking data and passive acoustic monitoring data, and to develop new projects related to quantifying the effect on underwater noise on marine life. The researcher will be expected to contribute actively in the department’s advisory activities for the Danish Ministry of Environment, public and private companies, related to effects of underwater noise.

Required skills
* A PhD (or equivalent) in in biology, engineering, oceanography or related fields.
* A strong understanding of, and proven experience with analysis of acoustic data
* Proven experience with and impact of sound on marine organisms (marine mammals, fish or other).
* Documented experience with scientific writing and publication
* Excellent written and spoken English.
The ideal candidate also has
* Strong skills as user of Matlab or similar analysis tool
* Experience with field work related to marine mammals and/or underwater acoustics
* Mastering Danish in speech and writing
* Documented skills related to databases or GIS

Central for the position is a genuine interest in research and advisory work related to effects of underwater noise, preferably documented through prior experience, but otherwise well motivated in the application.
The position will be based Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, in Section for Marine Mammal Research. It is a 4-year position. Please contact Jakob Tougaard (phone: +45 8715 8706) or Jacob Nabe-Nielsen (+45 8715 8696) for additional information.
The application deadline is 1 March 2021 and the expected start date is 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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.

Letter of reference
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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 Formalities and salary range
Technical 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.

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Deadline: 01 March 2021

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/

 


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