Senior Researcher in Aquatic Ecosystem and Eco-hydrological Modelling

Aarhus University
Aarhus, Denmark
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Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as senior researcher in Aquatic Ecosystem and Eco-Hydrological Modelling. We seek an innovative and cross-disciplinary senior researcher capable of strengthening the research and advisory work within the interactive fields of modelling of catchment processes and freshwater ecology.

The position is available as soon as possible.

The position
The Department of Bioscience is heavily involved in the development of open source numerical models and supporting tools such as advanced interfaces that are applied for teaching, research and consultancy purposes. The position shall strengthen and complement the department’s ongoing activities in catchment processes and freshwater ecology, particularly numerical modelling of freshwater ecosystem nutrient processes and how they interact with the biological, chemical and physical conditions including climate change.

The research includes, but is not limited to, holistic modelling approaches to elucidate and quantify linkages between freshwater ecosystems, landscape processes and climate forcing. Documented experience with model applications at local and national scale but also across several climate zones and landscapes is desirable, but not a prerequisite.
The research must support the Department’s leading role in providing advice 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 topic of aquatic ecosystems and modelling.

We offer an interesting and challenging position with focus on research and advisory work in an international atmosphere. Department of Bioscience is organized in 11 different sections working within the areas of freshwater, marine and terrestrial science, wild life ecology, biodiversity, physiology and ecotoxicology. The position is in the Section of Lake Ecology, working within the fields of ecology, lake restoration, biogeochemistry, greenhouse gas emission, developing lake and runoff models for analyzing the impacts of restoration and future climate scenarios.

The candidate
We seek a candidate, who has a strong profile within the development and application of numerical models for aquatic ecosystems. Candidates are expected to have some experience with teaching and supervision, and with programming languages (preferably Python), as well as a track record of peer-reviewed publications relating to both aquatic ecosystem modelling and eco-hydrological modelling. The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental engineering, quantitative freshwater ecology or a closely related field.

The majority of the research activities are funded by external grants, and it is expected that the candidate has experience with attracting funding. The Department of Bioscience also provides substantial advisory work for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, and candidates are expected to have relevant experience with advisory work for national authorities.

The Department’s research and advisory 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 and by strengthening the Department’s scientific network both nationally and internationally.
As a major part of our advisory work is in Danish, we expect you to learn written and spoken Danish within the first two to three years of employment and relevant courses will be offered. It is also expected that you write and speak English fluently and have excellent communication skills.

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 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. Our research builds upon a strong research infrastructure with long-term mesocosm facilities, several small boats and 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 marine monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines and for the sampling and analysis of biological parameters, hazardous substances in sediment and biota, and nutrients in water. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases.

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 Department of Bioscience currently has three work locations; one in Roskilde, one in Silkeborg and one in Kalø. The latter two are located in Jutland and will move to the Aarhus University Campus within the next 2-3 years. The place of employment will be in Silkeborg (Vejlsøvej 25, DK-8600 Silkeborg).

Further information
Further information can be obtained from either professor Dennis Trolle (phone: +45 8715 9015, e-mail: ) or Head of section Torben Lauridsen (phone: +45 2515 1527, e-mail: ).
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.

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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
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