Tenure Track Researcher within the Field of Catchment Science

Aarhus University



A position as tenure track researcher is available in the Section for Catchment Science and Environmental Management, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, within the area of catchment processes as described below.

The position is available as soon as possible.
The Section for Catchment Science and Environmental Management performs basic and applied science within catchment hydrology, nutrient dynamics and transfer, and xenobiotic substances. The annual reporting of the Danish national environmental monitoring programme (NOVANA) and provision of advisory services to environmental authorities are important parts of the section’s work.
With the announced position, we want to strengthen research within:

  • Nutrient dynamics and transfer in catchments
  • Measures to mitigate adverse effects of land cultivation on water quality
  • Interactions between ground water and surface waters
  • Stream hydraulics and flooding
  • Biophysical modelling

Thus, the candidate must have a promising international research profile within one or preferably several of the indicated research topics, a strong scientific background in biology, geology, environmental engineering or similar.
The successful candidate must have expertise within catchment analysis and management and preferably solid competences in development and use of hydrologic and nutrient and sediment transport models based on experimental data as well as spatio-temporal data obtained through monitoring programmes. The research should support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues, and dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders is an important task linked to the position. Hence, the applicant is expected to acquire spoken and written Danish language skills, and relevant courses will be offered.
The Department’s research and advisory activities 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 and the ability to coordinate and enrich the scientific environment in the Department by during the course of the tenure period initiating and coordinating new research initiatives (e.g. EU H2020 and FP9, ERC, Danish national funding) and by strengthening the Department’s scientific network both nationally and internationally.
The candidate should have a proven innovative research approach and a documented track record of attracting research funding will be an asset.
We expect that the candidate will participate, to a minor extent, in teaching activities at both undergraduate and graduate level.
Department of Bioscience
The Department of Bioscience is engaged in research programmes, 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, genetics and evolution, microbiology and zoophysiology. The Department currently employs approximately 350 academic and technical staff and have around 75 PhD students and 500 BSc and MSc students.

The Department has a unique research environment at top international level and our competencies cover 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 Danish authorities on environmental issues, including implementation and assessment of EU directives. We are also deeply involved in the national monitoring programme (NOVANA) and engaged in the management of the large national environmental databases.

What We Offer
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 Food. The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations with developed professional and social network activities among young scientists. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.
Further Information
Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of the Section of Catchment Science and Environmental Management, Hans Estrup Andersen (+45 8715 8768; hea@bios.au.dk), or Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@bios.au.dk).

The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Vejsøvej 25, 8600 Silkeborg, Denmark. During 2021/2022, all sections in Silkeborg will be moved to Aarhus Campus.

Other Useful Information
Section for Catchment Science and Environmental Management: http://bios.au.dk/en/about-bioscience/organisation/catchment-science-and-environmental-management/
Department of Bioscience: http://bios.au.dk/en/
Aarhus University: http://www.au.dk/en/.

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 [Assistant Professors /or Researcher] for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured [Associate Professorship/position as 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.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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