Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc position in parrot communication

Aarhus University (AU)

Syddjurs, Denmark

A two-year postdoc position in animal communication at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University is open. The work will focus on vocal communication in wild white-fronted amazons (Amazona albifrons). These birds use their complex vocal repertoire both for inter- and intra-flock communication, which potentially enable them to match call types as well as using vocal imitation of individual call types. In this project, we want to study how they communicate flock- and individual decisions regarding foraging and recruitment.

Research tasks:
We will use tags to record communication and movement activity and later use these recordings in playback experiment. Research tasks include the analysis of recordings from tags, accelerometers and passive acoustic recordings. In the second year and field season, we will design and conduct playback experiments in the field to address some of the patterns seen in the tag recordings. The job includes conducting fieldwork for about 2 month each year at Area Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) in Costa Rica.

Required qualifications:
We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a PhD degree in bioacoustics or animal communication. We expect the candidate to have:

  • In-depth experience in handling, analysis and interpretation of acoustic recordings. Tagging provides long recordings of multiple interactions. Thus, and experience with automated signal processing is an asset.
  • Experience in analysis of accelerometer data.
  • Strong quantitative and programming skills in SAS or R, including structuring of complex data for analysis.
  • Fieldwork experience in the tropics preferably including trapping, handling and tagging birds.
  • Experience in designing and conducting playback experiments.
  • Proven skills in scientific writing.

Who we are:
We offer an interesting and challenging position with focus on research and advisory work in a dedicated scientific atmosphere. The Department of Bioscience is organized in 11 sections working within the areas of freshwater, marine and terrestrial science, wildlife ecology, biodiversity, physiology and ecotoxicology. The Department offers an informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with national and international university partners 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.

The position is in the section of Wildlife Ecology that conducts research, monitoring and scientific advice related to birds and mammals. Most projects focus on population ecology, trends, management and conservation. Behavioural ecology is an integrated part of many of these projects. The section has 25 members of staff, primarily biologists.

Your place of work will be the Department of Bioscience, Grenåvej 14, 8410 Rønde, Denmark.

Further information
The starting date is June 1st 2020 or as soon as possible afterwards. The position is for two years, but may be extended up to four years in case further external funding is procured within the academic area. If you have questions, please contact: Senor Researcher Thorsten J.S. Balsby, E-mail: thba@bios.au.dk, phone +45 2558 0696 or Head of Section Aksel Bo Madsen, abm@bios.au.dk, phone +45 2166 3170.

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
Technical 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/

30 April 2020

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