Senior Research position focused around Arctic environment

Aarhus University
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Looking for a research position focused around Arctic environment? Do you have a solid background in Arctic geochemistry and in-depth experience in trace element laboratory techniques and research leadership? Then you must apply for this position:

Senior Researcher – Arctic Environmental Geochemistry

Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University Campus Roskilde, invites applications for a position as Senior Researcher in the field of Arctic Environmental Geochemistry.

The Position

Department of Bioscience at AU Campus Roskilde seeks a specialist in Arctic Environmental Geochemistry to fill a position as Senior Researcher as soon as possible. The position will focus on research and advisory activities related to environmental effects of raw material extraction in the Arctic as well as from long-transported pollutants to the Arctic. Further, the position may take on the role leading research as well as advisory activities in the Department’s Arctic environmental trace element laboratory. The researcher will be part of an interdisciplinary team with close collaboration between the Section of Arctic Environment and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR). The communication for the advisory activities to the Greenland Authorities is primarily in Danish.

The focus of the position is on cycling of trace metals in the Arctic, especially mining pollutants and long-transported pollutants such as mercury. Expertise on water pollution, dust pollution and pollution with radioactive elements in relation to industrial activities will be an advantage. Key research topics include processes and controls for release of pollutants from soil/mine waste and development of methods to trace dispersion and bioaccumulation of pollutants in the environment. Such methods include application of biological monitoring along with analytical techniques for measurements of total concentrations and isotope ratios in environmental samples. Research and development of biological monitoring will be in close collaboration with experts in ecotoxicology.

The advisory tasks include environmental advisory to the Government of Greenland on issues in connection to mineral exploration and exploitation in Greenland. These tasks are done in interdisciplinary teams that include close collaboration with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. Advisory topics include recommendations for environmental regulation of raw material extraction including requirements and conditions for mineral exploitation licenses, evaluation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports, and environmental monitoring of mining areas.

The laboratory management involves the responsibility of leading the ISO 17025 accredited Arctic trace element laboratory at the Department in collaboration with laboratory technicians and chemists. The laboratory focus on trace element analyses of biota, sediment, freshwater and seawater using analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, DMA and the Department’s new Multi-Collector ICP-MS. The laboratory performs analyses of environmental samples from a range of internal and external research and advisory projects (e.g. from Greenland mine sites) and large scale monitoring programs such as Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).

Fieldwork in Greenland, as well as research and teaching at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk will be part of the position and the candidate is expected to obtain funding for and carry out supervision of PhD-students.

The Candidate

The applicant is expected to have a PhD degree within environmental geochemistry and in addition a solid research profile at senior researcher level. Previous experience with research management is required as well as a broad international network and solid research publication profile. Experience with fieldwork in the Arctic is an advantage.

Previous involvement with advisory work to authorities is preferred. Good communication skills in speak and writing is important, and it is a great advantage if you speak and write Danish as the advisory tasks to the Greenland Authorities involve participation in meetings, writing of notes and reports in Danish language. Good collaboration skills are required since the advisory tasks include a high degree of teamwork in the multidisciplinary team of researchers and advisors.

Experience with laboratory management of an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory incl. method development/validation, quality assurance, reporting, participation in laboratory performance programs/audits and economy management as well as experience with analytical techniques such as ICP-MS and DMA is expected.

The Department

The Department of Bioscience is project-based and engaged in research, teaching curricula and consultancy covering all major biological sub-disciplines, and we conduct world-class research in the areas of ecosystem ecology including 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, nature and environmental research and is a national leader in research-based consultancy and knowledge exchange on evidence-based and cost effective management of nature, environment and biodiversity, and related regulation measures in relation to anthropogenic stressors, including industrial activities in Denmark and Greenland. Our research focuses on how ecological framework conditions, historical conditions, natural processes and anthropogenic changes of nature and the environment affect our surrounding nature. 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 nature and biodiversity.

The Department of Bioscience plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish and Greenlandic authorities on environmental issues, and we are deeply involved in the Danish national monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines and for the sampling and analysis of biological parameters, hazardous substances etc. The Department also leads the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) programme focusing on effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystems. 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. The working environment at the Department of Bioscience 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 place of employment will be in Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde).

Further information

Further information can be obtained from either Head of Research and Advisory Anders Mosbech (phone: +45 29 44 02 03, e-mail: ) or Head of Section Tom Christensen (phone: +45 20 49 95 10, 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.

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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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