Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc in plant macroecology and evolution

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position in plant macroecology and evolution.

The position is available from 01/06/2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description:
This postdoc is part of TropiToL, a five-year project funded by VILLUM FONDEN aiming to use the Tree of Life to understand the biological hyperdiversity of tropical rainforests. Rainforests are estimated to harbour 50% of the world’s species on less than 10% of its terrestrial surface, a biological phenomenon that remains insufficiently explained. You will gather distributional data and apply species distribution modelling techniques to build improved models of tropical rainforest plant diversity in a global context. You will then use a global phylogenetic tree of plants, provided by other project members, and use a combination of macroecological and macroevolutionary methods to model the impact of speciation, extinction and dispersal on rainforest diversity in a spatially explicit way. You will be expected to lead at least 2 papers per year in this research area, as well as collaborate with other team members, including students, sharing skills, helping solving problems in your area of expertise and more generally contributing ideas and concepts to the project.

Your profile:
You have a PhD degree (or submitted your PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline) in biology or another relevant discipline (e.g. geography). You have a strong background in statistics and computation, and do not mind working on a project that does not involve any (physical) data collection. You have experience with geospatial modelling techniques and/or macroevolutionary modelling, ideally both, but training can be provided in both areas. You have demonstrated your ability to efficiently handle large datasets and publish the results at high international level. You enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment including a good mix of ecologists and evolutionary biologists who are used to working across discipline boundaries.

International applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills and fluency.

Associate Professor Dr Wolf Eiserhardt (wolf.eiserhardt@bios.au.dk, +45 8715 6136).

Place of employment: You will be part of the Section of Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. ECOINF is an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research group. Postdocs and PhD students are encouraged to collaborate within the group, across departments and with other universities. More information about the people and research activities of the group can be found at www.bit.ly/ecoinfAU

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.

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.

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.

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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at www.au.dk/en


17 May 2019

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