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Senior researcher in marine biogeochemistry

Is your research focus on marine ecosystems? Do you have a strong academic profile and an interest in providing consultancy to authorities on the management of marine ecosystems in a senior researcher position at Aarhus University Campus Roskilde?
The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
The successful candidate will be responsible for strengthening the Department’s profile in research and consultancy to authorities on marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry and the pressure on these from anthropogenic activities and climate changes. You will be a part of the marine group that covers research, consultancy tasks and some teaching across the marine environment mainly related to Danish and Arctic waters.

Your research must support the Department’s leading role in providing consultancy 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 topics of ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem function and ecological status of marine ecosystems. We expect you to take a leading role in the implementation of new research projects of relevance to the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and transform research results into consultancy on ecological/environmental status assessment, nutrient reduction targets, mitigation measures, best management practice etc.

The Department’s research and consultancy 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 Horizon Europe, ERC, Danish national funding) and by strengthening the Department’s scientific network both nationally and internationally.

Your profile
We expect you to have a strong scientific background in marine ecology, biological oceanography, biogeochemistry or the like and an extensive international network within marine science. You should have a relevant Ph.D. and an international research profile within one or more of the following key topics:

  • Eutrophication and nutrient cycling in marine environments
  • Developing and applying state–of-the-art monitoring and modelling techniques in the marine environment
  • Marine large-scale environmental assessment
  • Relations between human pressures and key marine ecosystem components, including effects of climate change
  • Indicators of ecological/environmental status

The candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent scientific leadership and have experience in supervising postdocs, Ph.D. students and/or M.Sc. students. We expect that you have a documented track record of attracting research funding and experience with consultancy activities.

We expect that you are fluent in spoken and written English and ideally in one additional European language, preferably Danish. 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. The Department currently employs approximately 250 academic and technical staff.
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 consultancy 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 senior researcher. Please substantiate your application by outlining how your qualifications meet the criteria. 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 small boats as well as access to 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 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. 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.

Further information
Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Section of Applied Marine Ecology and Modelling, Eva Friis Møller (+45 87158559; or Deputy Head of Department Mikkel Tamstorf (+45 53575044;

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
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 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.

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.

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

Deadline: 18 January 2021


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