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Tenure track researcher position in Applied Mammal Ecology

The Department of Bioscience (BIOS), Aarhus University, is seeking a researcher to a tenure track position to undertake research, teaching and consultancy within the field of wildlife biology and population ecology with special emphasis on terrestrial mammals. The role of this position is to strengthen and develop 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 position will be placed in the Wildlife Ecology Section

The position is available November 1st 2021 or as soon as possible.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. degree and an established track-record of publications in high-impact international journals. High experience documented as a broad publication record on research on the behaviour, habitat selection, population ecology, and landscape ecology of terrestrial European mammals is essential. Demonstrable insight in and working experience with the issues related to hunting and harvest management, invasive species management, human-wildlife conflicts and adaptive management 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, acquire independent research funding and participate in teaching and supervision of students. Within three years upon his/her appointment, the successful candidate is expected to be able to communicate professionally in Danish or another Scandinavian language.

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, and biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 250 academic and technical staff.

The Department holds a strong position in international biodiversity research and is a national leader in research-based consultancy and knowledge exchange on evidence-based and cost effective conservation and management of biodiversity in Denmark. Our research focuses on how ecological framework conditions, historical conditions, natural processes and anthropogenic changes of nature and the environment affect our surrounding biodiversity. We explore the underlying ecological and geographical mechanisms and work on understanding human impact on biodiversity and ecosystems. Particular focus is on how current climate change and other global anthropogenic environmental changes affect biodiversity. We have expertise in plant biodiversity, plant-insect interactions, population ecology, taxonomy, nature conservation and management, eco-toxicology, and critical loads. Our tools are experiments, field observations, GIS, remote sensing, eDNA, risk assessment, risk modelling, decision support systems and ecoinformatics. We study the interactions between plants, animals, fungi, micro-organisms and the surrounding environment. The activities take place at a national and international level with main activities in Denmark and Northern Europe, including the Arctic. Our research builds upon a strong research infrastructure with numerous well-equipped research laboratories run by a highly qualified staff of lab technicians.

The Department of Bioscience plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues, and we are deeply involved in the national monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines and for the sampling and analysis of biological parameters, hazardous substances etc. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases.

What we offer
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 with developed professional and social network activities among young scientists. The working languages are English and Danish and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at

Place of employment
The place of works is Department of Bioscience - Kalø, Grenåvej 14, 8410 Rønde (Jutland), and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Peter Sunde tel.: +45 2063 0704 (mail: or Head of Section Aksel Bo Madsen, tel.: + 45 2166 3170 (mail:

Ensuring gender balance at the Department of Bioscience is a high priority at Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.

Technical Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researcher for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured position as Senior Researcher.

The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:
  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

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
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: 25 February 2021



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