Aarhus University (AU)

Senior researcher with a background in marine biology or Arctic research and with strong leadership skills

Aarhus University (AU)

Roskilde, Denmark

Do you have a strong academic profile within marine biology or Arctic research, documented leadership skills and a desire to contribute to the management of the unit of Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, located in Roskilde, Denmark? Then you might be our new deputy head of department.

The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
The successful candidate must be able to strengthen the Department’s scientific profile and contribute to research/advisory activities within one or more of the scientific areas covered by the following five sections located in Roskilde: Applied marine Ecology and Modelling, Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology, Arctic Environment, Arctic Ecosystem Ecology, and Marine Mammal Research. The research must support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish, Greenlandic and European authorities on environmental issues, and results must be disseminated to managers, politicians and other stakeholders.

In addition, and expected to be a substantial part and first priority of the position, you will be part of the department management team as deputy head of department. The daily Management Team consists of the Heads of Department, Deputy Heads of Department and the Head of Secretariat. The Management Team is responsible for designing, coordinating and following up on the strategy and action plans. The daily Management Team plans and coordinates activities at departmental level.

Each of the three Deputy Heads of Department is in charge of the daily management of a department unit (defined by location, either Roskilde, Silkeborg or Kalø) and is in charge of the overall work coordination and the economy of the respective department unit, application approvals, recruitments (not permanent staff), HR contact, preparation of work programs (in collaboration with the section heads), ensuring a good working environment, information to staff members and support of cross-cutting activities. The Deputy Head of Department is responsible to the Head of Department.

Your profile
We expect you to have a strong scientific background in marine or Arctic science, an international career and an international network within your area of research. You should have a relevant PhD and an international research profile qualifying for a position at senior researcher/associate professor level. Experience with advisory activities will be an asset and evaluated more important than teaching experience. In addition, we expect you to possess strong and well-documented leadership skills and have an interest in joining the management team of the department and acting as the leader of the Roskilde unit of the department.

Research and advisory activities at the Department are project-driven with a solid tradition of cross-disciplinary research and strong team collaboration. Thus, we are looking for a candidate with proven collaborative skills to maintain and further strengthen the team spirit in the department.

As deputy head of department, you must be able to interact and negotiate with the authorities in Denmark and Greenland and therefore it is a requirement that you speak and write Danish, preferably, or another Scandinavian language.

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). Each of the three geographical locations has a Deputy Head of Department.

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 senior researcher at Department of Bioscience, AU Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). 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 the Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@bios.au.dk).

Technical Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researcher for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured position as Senior Researcher.

The aim of the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme is to:

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international 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 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
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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at www.au.dk/en

31 January 2020

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