Researcher position in Marine Plastic Pollution Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience Denmark

Researcher position in Marine Plastic Pollution

Is your focus of research on the area of marine micro plastic and macro plastic pollution and the effects on the environmental status of the marine environment? Do you have a strong academic profile and are you interested in contributing significantly to the development of the marine section and research of the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Campus Roskilde, in a researcher position?


The position is available as soon as possible.


Your tasks

Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University invites applications for a 4 year research position within the topic marine plastic pollution with special emphasis on micro plastic.
The candidate’s research should focus on development, tests and applications of methods for sampling, processing, characterization and quantification of anthropogenic pollutant micro particles to increase our understanding of occurrence, fate processes and impact of plastic debris in aquatic environments with focus on Denmark and Greenland. The candidate will have access to a newly acquired FTIR spectrometer and will collaborate with other ongoing activities within the area. The candidate will join a research group of 5-6 scientists and technical staff and have close collaboration with scientists from other Danish universities within the newly established Velux-center “MarinePlastic”.

Your profile

The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental sciences or engineering, marine ecology or a closely related field. Documented experience with spectroscopic identification of polymer materials as well as chemometric data analyses, preferably using MATLAB is a clear advantage.

Research and advisory activities at the department are project-driven with a solid tradition in 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 of Bioscience.

The present job profile covers research as well as advisory activities. The research shall support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish and Greenland authorities on environmental issues, including regional sea conventions and European Union directives. Dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders is an important task in the position.

It is also preferable to us that you have international experience. However, as a major part of our advisory activities are in Danish it is important that you acquire the Danish language both spoken and written within the first years, 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 hosts research programs, teaching curricula and consultancy that cover all major biological sub-disciplines and we conduct 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 have around 75 PhD students and 500 BSc and MSc students.

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 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.

The Department of Bioscience, Roskilde, plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of marine EU directives. We are deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines, sampling and analysis of hazardous substances in sediment and biota, nutrients in water and biological parameters. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases, covering both the Arctic and the North- and Baltic Sea.


What we offer:

The position is a full time position for four years as a researcher at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure including several smaller boats as well as the larger research vessel, Aurora. We also host a number of well-equipped research laboratories including ICP-MS, fluorescence spectrophotometer, GC-PFPD, HPLC, eDNA-facilities run by several lab technicians.

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 network activities among young scientists, and social activities. 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


Further information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; or Head of Section Karsten Dahl (+45 87158566 /+45 21201970);


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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