Researcher tenure track position in biodiversity and biological conservation
Aarhus University Department of Bioscience

Researcher tenure track position in biodiversity and biological conservation


The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Kalø (Jutland), invites applications for a tenure track position as researcher in our Section of Biodiversity and Conservation. The position is available from October 1, 2019, or as soon as possible here after.

We are looking for an internationally competitive early career researcher with a strong track record covering biodiversity and biological conservation with focus on terrestrial  coastal ecosystems, their biodiversity and the natural processes they depend on. We expect experience from field ecology, such as biological surveys, mapping of vegetation and ecosystem properties, as well as design and running of field experiments. Additional relevant experience includes advanced statistical analyses, knowledge of remote sensing, GIS-based spatial analyses and/or the use of metagenomics in biodiversity research. We further emphasize clarity in thinking and writing, and experience with oral and written dissemination of scientific knowledge to peers, decision makers and the general public. Documented capacity for independent project coordination and for team collaboration is considered an important asset. The candidate must have a PhD in biology.

The appointee must participate in research-based advisory work for Danish authorities within the described field and is expected to teach in relevant courses.

We offer

We offer an interesting and challenging position with focus on research and advisory work in a dedicated scientific atmosphere 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. 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

Department of Bioscience is organized in 17 sections working within the areas of freshwater, marine and terrestrial science, wildlife ecology, biodiversity, physiology and ecotoxicology. The position is in the Section of Biodiversity and Conservation, working within the fields of cost-effective management of terrestrial biological diversity, based on the analysis of data from mapping, monitoring, modelling and experiments and dissemination of results to the scientific community, administrative authorities and the general public.

Information on the Section of Biodiversity and Conservation can be found here:

Place of Work and area of Employment  

The place of work is Grenaavej 14, DK-8410 Rønde, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.   

Further information 

Further information can be obtained from Deputy Head of Department, Flemming Skov, tel. +45 2334 3274, e-mail:


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 /or Researcher] for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured [Associate Professorship/position as Senior Researcher].

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

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an inter
  • national level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to 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 to 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. If the review is positive, 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.

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

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.

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.

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