Post Doc position in Personal Environmental Exposure Monitoring

Post Doc position in Personal Environmental Exposure Monitoring

Aarhus University

Roskilde, Denmark

The Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a position as Post Doc for 2 years at the Big Data Centre for Environment and Health (BERTHA). The position is to be filled by April 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Big Data Centre for Environment and Health (BERTHA)
In collaboration with experts in spatial analysis, public health, environmental science and biomarkers, your Post Doc work will be within the newly established Big Data centre BERTHA funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme. The BERTHA centre focuses on creating individual level whole life course environmental and social exposures and health, supporting the international effort to understand and construct the Exposome. In the work of the centre, we will be collecting and linking multiple data sources including Danish medical records and population registers, omics and biomarker assessments, environmental exposure assessments, personalised sensors and from social media. The aim is to produce new knowledge about the importance of the physical and social environmental exposures for the health of the population by developing and extending algorithms and tools to spatially mine the data sources. Further information may be found at

The Department of Environmental Science
Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from social science, geography, economics and policy analysis to mathematical modelling, physics, chemistry, and microbiology. Both pure and applied research is 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 and climate change. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 145 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Atmospheric Environment. The work will mainly concern assessments of exposure to airborne pollen and fungal spores. However, the candidate is also expected to take active part in development, testing and implementation of personal exposure monitoring devices based on low-cost, as well as in conducting sensors applied for measuring biological markers for health effects related to environmental exposures. The post doc will be within the framework of the big data centre BERTHA. Tasks will include 1) Collection and analyses of available pollen and fungal spore measurements useful for exposure assessment in Denmark 2) Evaluating modelled pollen data from the long-range transport DEHM 3) Conducting campaign measurements of pollen in Denmark 4) Deriving a pollen and fungal spore exposure database for Denmark 5) Contributing to the practical preparation and conduction of personal exposure monitoring of air pollution using low-cost sensor based devices. The first task is expected to include close cooperation with the NGO Asthma and Allergy Denmark who conduct the routine monitoring of pollen and fungal spores in Denmark. The second task will be carried out in close cooperation with the air pollution modelling group in the Department who has recently implemented a model module in the long-range transport model DEHM. The third task will include practical design and carrying out of pollen and fungal spore measurements supplementary to the routine monitoring in Denmark. For this a sampler in the department will be used together with devices made available by other groups in Denmark. Task four is supposed to combine the data from the previous three tasks to construct a database for exposure assessment. The fifth task will be carried out in close cooperation with a newly hired PhD student working in the area. The work will take place in close cooperation with other researchers in the department working with topics like atmospheric measurements (routine monitoring as well as field studies), and environmental geography. An important output of the work is expected to be scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. This dissemination is expected to take place in close cooperation with the BERTHA researchers and other researchers in the department.

The work carried out in the section Atmospheric Environment includes studies on the physical and chemical processes that control the level and trend of air quality development, and atmospheric deposition. The section furthermore undertakes national air quality monitoring tasks, and it is active in the area of research, consultancy, monitoring and teaching. The research in the section has focus on the impact of air quality on human health, nature, aquatic environment and interaction with climate.

Description of the position
The Post Doc in Personal Environmental Exposure Monitoring is expected to:
  • Take active part in obtaining permissions to conduct personal exposure monitoring including collection of tracking of position
  • Cooperate with a PhD student and other researchers in designing and carrying out experimental work on personal exposure monitoring of air pollution
  • Design and carry out pollen and/or fungal spore measurements supplementary to routine monitoring in Denmark
  • Cooperate with air pollution modellers in the department to calculate and test modelled pollen levels in Denmark
  • Take an active role in BERTHA, participating in seminars and summer schools, and fostering good team spirit within the centre
  • Take active part in developing and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration both internally and externally. The latter with both national and international partners
  • Actively contribute to the project portfolio in the department by taking part in applications for externally funded research projects
  • Supervise graduate (Master and PhD level) students in research projects
  • Contribute to teaching on graduate courses and to the development of a new education in environmental science

Qualifications requirements
The position requires knowledge on aerobiology, atmospheric processes, field experimental work and the ability to both individually and solve practical challenges during campaign work in the field, and at the same time the ability to work closely together with researchers from various research fields in a team. Good communication skills and experience with cooperation with authorities is an advantage. The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary international academic environment. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

The applicant needs to hold scientific qualifications at Ph.D. level. Participation in national and international networks of researchers is preferable. The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by key staff members in the Section for Atmospheric Environment and in the big data center BERTHA.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University in Roskilde, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

Further information
Further information about the position may be obtained by contacting Head of Section Professor Ole Hertel,, Tel: +45 30183114.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.
English is spoken on a daily basis at the department.

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.

Application Deadline:
01 March 2019

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