Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Marine Ecology Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience Denmark

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Marine Ecology


The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position as Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Marine Ecology at the Section of Aquatic Biology. The position is to be filled by 1 August 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter (subject to negotiation).

The position
This tenure track position will strengthen and expand the research in biological oceanography and the ecological processes in the open waters of the ocean. Special focus will be on planktonic organisms and their interactions with fish, and how these processes interplay with the physical and chemical conditions, including climate change. We therefore seek an internationally competitive early-career researcher with a strong academic track-record in marine ecology. Documented experience with quantitative marine ecology and statistical modelling will be an advantage. The appointee is expected to engage extensively in collaborations with other staff members in the section as well as across the Department of Bioscience and other university departments, and participate in and, in part, lead undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision. Furthermore, we expect the appointee to contribute to building research-relationships and collaborations with business and industry through strategic research initiatives.  

Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is an expected and integral part of positions within our department.

Applicants should present their future research avenues and visions for building an independent research group, as well as how they plan to obtain future funding. Qualifications in teaching will be evaluated, and the applicants are encouraged to describe which courses they would like to contribute to and develop in the future. 

The Department of Bioscience 
The Department of Bioscience hosts research programmes, teaching curricula and consultancy that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The department conducts 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 75 PhD students. In addition to the PhD-programme, BSc and MSc study programmes with close to 500 students enrolled are offered.

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Aquatic Biology, which comprises staff specialized in marine and freshwater aquatic systems. The research of the marine group focuses on organisms and ecological processes in the open ocean, coastal sea and estuaries. The section has well-equipped state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including a marine research station (http://bios.au.dk/en/research/faciliteter-en/roenbjerg-en/) and a multifunctional marine research vessel (http://bios.au.dk/en/research/faciliteter-en/research-vessel/). 

Please refer to http://bios.au.dk/en/about-bioscience/organisation/aquatic-biology/ for further information about the Section of Aquatic Biology, to http://bios.au.dk/en/ for information about the Department of Bioscience and to http://scitech.au.dk/en/ and http://www.au.dk/en/ for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

The candidate
We seek an internationally competitive early-career researcher with an excellent academic track record in marine ecology. Applicants must in their application present a work plan and research strategy for their proposed research within the field of marine ecology. Moreover, the candidate must be able to demonstrate promise of outstanding capabilities in independent research, dissemination and funding. A tenure track appointment requires demonstration of independent and novel research initiatives combined with successful postdoc positions including international experience as demonstrated by a significant number of international publications.

Successful candidates are expected to: 

• Conduct research of the highest international standard 
• Establish and develop their own research space within the Department 
• Establish synergies between own research and related research activities 
• Contribute to relevant teaching and supervision at the Department
• Be able to communicate and teach in Danish within four years after employment
• Supervise bachelor, master and PhD students 
• Complete postgraduate teacher training for Assistant Professors at Aarhus University 
• Be granted competitive research funding from external funding bodies 
• Contribute to the strategy and working environment of the Department

Depending on the qualifications of the appointee, they will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive start-up grant ensuring a successful start in building their research space.

The following professional and personal qualifications are required: 

• PhD degree in marine ecology, oceanography or related fields
• Documented high-level research qualifications
• Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
• Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision
• Experience in communication of research in a wide context 
• Experience in international research collaboration and networking
• Ability to write and speak English fluently

Working place
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Section for Aquatic Biology, Ole Worms Allé 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained by contacting contact Assoc. Prof. Peter Grønkjær, e-mail peter.groenkjaer@bios.au.dk, phone +45 2338 2177 or Head of Department, Professor Hans Brix, e-mail hans.brix@bios.au.dk, phone +45 2899 2031. 

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.

The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme is to: 

• Attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level 
• Promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
• 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 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. In case of a positive review, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor/Senior Researcher at Aarhus University. 

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

Please apply here

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. (in Danish). 

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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