Professors in Freshwater Ecology

Aarhus University

Aarhus, Denmark 🇩🇰

Deadline: 01 January 2023

Academic contact person: Ole

Vacant positions: 1

Hours per week: 37

Expected date of accession: 01 April 2023

One or more permanent positions as full professor within the field of Freshwater Ecology are available at the Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University. The positions seek to strengthen and complement the Departments ongoing activities in freshwater ecology, particularly nutrient/biological/biogeochemical processes in freshwater related to ecological status and climatic perspectives. The position(s) are available as soon as possible.

Expected start date and duration of employment
Expected start date is 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
The candidates are expected to:

  • Lead and contribute to strong and competitive research programs at the highest international level within the field of freshwater ecology
  • Establish collaboration and contribute to already established collaborations with related research environments internationally, nationally and at Aarhus University
  • Participate in research and advisory projects for The Danish Ministry of Environment
  • Attract external funding from national and international funding bodies
  • Mentor early career researchers in attracting competitive funding, career development etc.
  • Supervision of Bachelor, Masters, and PhD students
  • Participate in course development and teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, and contribute to the development of PhD courses

Your profile
We seek internationally competitive researchers with strong and competitive academic track-records in
aquatic ecology. Candidates with extensive experience with freshwater ecology; for instance nutrient dynamics, biological structure, restoration techniques, vegetation and/or carbon dynamics in streams and lakes are preferred. The candidates must demonstrate outstanding capabilities in research, dissemination, funding and teaching/advising activities.

The ideal candidates should have:

  • a PhD in Biology or a closely related field
  • documented research qualifications corresponding to professor level
  • demonstrated ability to publish in major scientific journals and to disseminate research activities
  • international top-level research profile and well established international network within the field
  • proven ability to lead research projects and research groups
  • proven ability to attract substantial external research funding
  • proven ability of excellent research-based advisory work or teaching, student supervision and talent development

Personal qualifications required include the ability to work closely with other researchers/groups within the Department as well as with external stakeholders, and the ability to collaborate and build relationships.

Who we are
The Department of Ecoscience ( is organised under the Faculty of Technical Sciences and studies biology and ecology in all respects. We teach, provide consultancy, regulatory advice and research in biological aspects from bacteria to whales over genes to ecosystems and from basic research to applied biology in nature management and biotechnology. The department is strongly engaged in several Arctic monitoring programs, especially the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM), which are central to the research and advisory activities in the department. The Department has approximately 275 staff members, just over 100 working in Roskilde, and nearly 175 in Aarhus.

What we offer
We have a unique research environment at the highest international level within aquatic freshwater biology and ecology, which covers streams, lakes, ponds and surrounding rural areas (catchments) that direct water to the freshwater areas – including both natural and constructed wetlands. An important element of the research is the unique long time series retrieved through field studies and from the department’s test facilities in Lemming with constructed mini-ecosystems in which pelagic abiotic and biotic dynamics can be studied under controlled and manipulated conditions. In addition, we focus on developing and using empirical and dynamic modelling tools to calculate, among other things, the leaching of nitrogen and phosphorus from fields and the transportation to streams and further on to the marine environment.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of employment is the Department of Ecoscience, which is located in at Aarhus University, C.F. Møllers Alle 4-8, 8000 Aarhus C).

Contact information
For further information, please contact Head of Department Ole Hertel +4530183114,

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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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





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