Aarhus University (AU)

Tenure Track Researcher in Degradation of Micropollutants

Aarhus University (AU)

4000 Roskilde, Denmark

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Risø Campus, Denmark invites applications for a tenure track researcher position in molecular microbial ecology to strengthen and expand the research capability, and the research-based activities at the department. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, subject to negotiation.

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research are conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 140 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information can be found at http://www.envs.au.dk.

The researcher will be affiliated with the Section of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology. The unit employs approximately 30 staff members, focusing on microorganisms as providers of ecosystem services (e.g. C-sequestration, contaminant degradation) in soil and groundwater, Arctic/ice surface microbiota and its influence on climate and ice melting, use of eDNA for environmental monitoring of microorganisms and microfauna, aeromicrobiology, presence/phylogeny of virulence factors in bacteria, sustainable cycling of resources (circular bioeconomy). The section offers access to well-equipped molecular microbiology laboratories with Illumina DNA-sequencing platforms (MiSeq and NextSeq), as well as a new advanced Nanopore sequencer. New advanced servers are available for doing bioinformatics analysis. The section share coffee-machine and breakfast room with the section for environmental chemistry and toxicology with great collaborative opportunities within advanced chemical analysis including proteomics and metabolomics.

Description of the position
The selected candidate is expected to:

  • Develop the research area of microbial degradation of organic micropollutants in soil and groundwater
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary scientific collaboration in the area of bioremediation; in the department and with other departments at AU
  • Build up own externally funded research within the research areas of the section
  • Contribute to ongoing research projects in environmental genetics and bioinformatics and to establish his/her own research program within the area of remediation of organic micropollutants in the environment, using biomolecular methodology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics)
  • Take responsibility to maintain, support and to further develop the sequencing facilities at the department
  • Contribute to the advisory work for relevant public bodies in Denmark and abroad
  • Contribute to the teaching of graduate courses and to the development of a new curriculum in environmental science.

Qualification requirements
  • The position requires a background in molecular microbial ecology in relation to the research fields covered by the section
  • Applicants should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to the Ph.D. graduate level and have 2-3 years of post-graduate research showing evidence of a strong and ambitious research-oriented profile and an emerging publication record
  • Experience with sequence-based analysis of microbial communities, including Next Generation Sequencing and bioinformatics analysis would be an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Some teaching experience within microbiology at a university master’s level as well as (co-) supervision of master’s and Ph.D. students is expected.

In addition, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a role model for values of equality, diversity and inclusion. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams and believes in creating an attractive work-life balance in her/his research group.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology 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 Senior Researcher.

The aim of the Science and Technology 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 Associate Professor/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
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.

Deadline:15 June 2019

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

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