Aarhus University (AU)

2-year Postdoc in Aquatic Microbial Ecology / Sediment Biogeochemistry

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM) at the Section for Microbiology, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position on the role of cable bacteria in lake restoration.

The project will include laboratory experiments and fieldwork to address the effect of cable bacteria on mineralisation processes and in mitigation schemes of sediment in severely eutrophicated water bodies (lakes, ponds, lagoons, estuaries).

The successful candidate holds a PhD in Microbiology, Limnology, Aquatic Ecology/Biogeochemistry or a related subject and has documented experience with experimental studies within one of these fields. Experience with microsensor analyses, sediment biogeochemistry, lake ecology, microbial community analysis, or cable bacteria are an advantage.

We expect the applicant to actively develop the project, to interact with an interdisciplinary, international team, including collaboration with the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and the German water company Söll (Hof, Germany). Professional communication skills in English are a must, German language skills are a plus. The project will require travel in Denmark, Germany, and possibly other countries.

We offer a vibrant research environment with excellent infrastructure, state-of-the-art microbiological, geochemical, and molecular biological laboratories, open scientific discussions, and the possibility for young scientists to develop their own ideas.
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The place of work is the Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM) at Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Microbiology, Ny Munkegade 114-116, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

CEM is a Danish National Research Foundation Center of Excellence (see http://cem.au.dk) with the overarching goal to understand how cable bacteria conduct electrons, how they handle a metabolism based on widely separated oxidation and reduction processes, and how they interact with other microorganisms and the environment.
CEM is located on the main Aarhus University campus and shares Microbiologylaboratories, facilities and instruments with the Section for Microbiology, an internationally leading research group in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry where English is the preferred language.The Center is also tapping into expertise and analytical facilities at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the iNANO Center, Aarhus University, all within walking distance.

The Department of Biology
The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula 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 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with close to 500 students enrolled as well as a PhD program.

The Department offer a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite. The working language is English, and we welcome applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at https://international.au.dk/research/. Campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre of Aarhus (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually conclude that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction.

The position is available from 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Deadline for the application is 15 August 2020.

For further information please contact:
Professor Dr. Andreas Schramm, +45 60 20 26 59, andreas.schramm@biology.au.dk
Ugo Marzocchi, PhD, +45 21 39 83 72, ugomar@au.dk

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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.

Letter of reference
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Formalities and salary range
Natural 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.

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.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it 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.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Application deadline:
15 August 2020

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