Aarhus University (AU)

Researcher Position in Ecological effects of Arctic Freshening

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a 4-year researcher position. The applicant will join the marine ecology section in the Department of Bioscience in Silkeborg and will be specifically dedicated to studying the ecological effects of Arctic Freshening around the coast of Greenland.

Job description & research project
The candidate will perform research investigating the biological and biogeochemical effects of freshening in the Arctic, especially around the Greenland Coast. A specific focus will involve determining the impacts of run-off from the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) on primary production and carbon cycling in Greenland fjords with the following specific objectives:

  1. study the physiochemical effects of freshening on primary producers and how increased GrIS run-off may alter production regimes in the future
  2. determine patterns in prokaryotic production around the Greenland coast from the perspective of a melting cryosphere and how meltwater and its constitutes may drive these patterns
  3. estimate the contribution of allochthonous organic matter coming from GrIS run-off to the microbial food web using stable isotopes of lipid biomarkers specific to the microbial community, both through in situ studies as well as experimentally through mesocosm experiments
  4. trace organic matter from glacial run-off in rivers and streams along its trajectory towards the marine environment, and to determine changes in quantity and quality of organic matter in route to the ocean
  5. perform meta-analyses of the ecological effects of freshening around Greenland and across the Arctic

Candidate profile
The candidate should hold a PhD in biological oceanography or similar and preferably have previous postdoc experience in a different institute than where the PhD was obtained. Also, the candidate must demonstrate independence and an ability to acquire own funding in competitive scholarships/fellowships or grants.

The ideal candidate will also have specific expertise in one or more of the following:
  • Organizing and conducting fieldwork and oceanographic campaigns
  • Data management of large datasets
  • Performing mesocosm experiments
  • Measuring organic carbon and total nitrogen on a Shimadzu TOC-L analyser
  • Extraction, analysis (GC-IRMS), and identification of polar lipid fatty acids
  • Treatment of stable isotope data and mixing models
  • Compiling large database for meta-analyses
  • Developing and writing project proposals

The applicant should have an interest in co-supervising students and collaborating with other groups inside and outside the university. The candidate should also demonstrate the ability to form international collaborations through participations in working groups or international research projects. Excellence in both written and spoken English is required.

The Department
The Department of Bioscience is engaged in research programs, teaching curricula and consultancy covering 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. The Department currently employs approximately 250 academic and technical staff.

The Department has a unique research environment at top international level that covers 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 the 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 plays a leading role in providing advice to the authorities in Denmark and Greenland on environmental issues, including implementation and assessment of EU directives.

The Department of Bioscience consists of three units denoted by the geographically position of the unit (Roskilde, Silkeborg and Kalø, respectively).

The Department has the primary tasks of performing research and advisory activities for the authorities with only minor contributions to teaching.

What we offer
The position is a full-time position as researcher at Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University in Silkeborg. We offer a unique research opportunity to conduct both field and laboratory investigations in many parts of Greenland impacted by climate change and thus high on the international agenda. Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure, including several smaller boats as well as access to the large research vessel Aurora and the research station Zackenberg in Northeast Greenland. We also host a number of well-equipped research laboratories.

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 relevant authorities in the Government of Greenland. The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations. English is widely spoken.

Further information
Further information about the position can be obtained from senior researcher Mikael Sejr +45 30454314; mse@bios.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 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 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.

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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/

16 March 2020

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