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Senior Scientist in Applied Mammal Ecology

The Department of Bioscience (BIOS), Aarhus University, is seeking a Senior Scientist to undertake research and consultancy within the field of wildlife biology and population ecology. The role of this position is to strengthen the research and consultancy activities within BIOS, particularly with regard to northern European mammals, but also to significantly strengthen the analytical and statistical skills of the department. The position will play a central role in contributing to the department’s research and advisory profile in relation to terrestrial mammals and should interact with ongoing departmental simulation modelling initiatives for mammals, embracing the concepts of adaptive management (see the CANwebsite at The candidate will also be expected to develop interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, elsewhere in the University and with external partners.

The successful candidate must have at least a Ph.D. and an established track-record of publications in high-impact international journals. A broad knowledge of the ecology, factors and processes that affect and determine the distribution, abundance and population dynamics of terrestrial European mammals is essential including invasive species and human/wildlife conflicts. A demonstrable understanding of the issues related to the hunting and exploitation of mammals is also expected. It is a requirement of the position that the candidate has a solid theoretical and practical statistical background and proven experience within the analysis and processing of large datasets. The candidate must be prepared to undertake interdisciplinary research teamwork and acquire independent research funding.

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, 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. Our competencies cover a wide spectrum, from the biology of organisms to modelling water and nutrient cycles from land to sea. Research focus in the above mentioned area include conservation management of specifically northern European birds and mammals including invasive species, human impact on species and human/wildlife conflicts. 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 advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of EU directives. We are also deeply involved in the national 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 full senior researcher position, depending on qualifications. Please justify your application by outlining how your qualifications meet the criteria. Please note that we have two parallel opening of positions: one as senior researcher and one as professor. Only one of these positions will be filled as we wish to hire the best qualified candidate at the level of either senior researcher or professor.

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite and with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food.

The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. The Department has a strong work-life balance policy and seeks a good gender and age balance. Read more about the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at

Place of employment:
Department of Bioscience - Kalø, Grenåvej 14, 8410 Rønde (Jutland).

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Department Head Peter Henriksen, tel.: + 87 15 85 57 or Deputy Department Head Flemming Skov, tel.: + 45 87 15 88 61.

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, 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.

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.

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

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
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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

15 August 2019


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