Fixed-term Assistant Professorship in macrogenomics of mammals

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Jun 2023

The Department of Biology at Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant professor position in macrogenomics of mammals. The assistant professorship is a fixed-term two-year position starting on September 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter subject to mutual agreement.

The position
For the position we are seeking a dedicated candidate who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching, and talent development. The successful candidate should be prepared to independently run his/her own research project, apply for external funding, and take part in career development to build upon the candidate’s independent research profile, which includes a compulsory teacher training course.

The Department of Biology emphasizes high-quality research and encourages interdisciplinary collaborations, participation and contributing to other research projects, and the ability to attract external funding, and building independent research groups. You are expected to develop independent ideas and concepts for your research project and lead at least two high-quality papers in the research area. We expect collaboration with other team members, including students, sharing skills, and helping to solve problems in your area of expertise. It is also encouraged that you apply for external funding to build your own independent research group.

Teaching and talent development
The assistant professor is expected to take part in the teaching and supervision of students at the Department of Biology. In addition, it is expected that the assistant professor will contribute to the supervision of PhD students and the development of a PhD course in megafauna ecology. It is expected that the candidate will take part in one of the internal AU teaching training courses during the employment.

Knowledge exchange and outreach
It is expected that you will contribute to public outreach and knowledge exchange at workshops, conferences, and other meetings.

What we offer
The successful candidate is offered:

  • an ambitious, creative, and friendly research environment, inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality, and a healthy work-life balance
  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure,
  • office space, shared equipment

Your qualifications
  • Applicants must have a PhD degree in bioinformatics, population genetics, or quantitative biology or equivalent.
  • Have minimum 4 years postdoc experience from similar field.
  • Expertise in large-scale bioinformatics analyses is required and familiarity with population genetics principles for inference on population demographics is a great advantage.
  • Interests in megafauna, ecology, and conservation are also an advantage.
  • The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills.
  • The successful candidate is expected to have proven abilities to publish at a high international level.
  • The candidate should have experience in supervision and teaching.
  • Experience in and interest in attracting external research funding.
  • Have good skills in English and international applicants who do not have English as their first language must demonstrate strong English language writing skills and fluency.
Who are we

This position is part of the newly established Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO), funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Overall ECONOVO aims to provide critically new perspectives on the future of the biosphere. Novel ecosystems (NEs) have species compositions or abiotic conditions without historical precedent, e.g., intercontinental species invasions and extraordinary warming. NEs are spreading fast and are expected to be globally dominant by the late 21st century. Key drivers are climate change, globalization, and extirpation of large-sized organisms, resulting in ecosystems deviating from anything seen for millions of years. The spread of NEs is likely to profoundly affect biosphere functioning but how so is poorly understood. To address this complex theme, ECONOVO will take an unparalleled, interdisciplinary approach, integrating Big Data and field-based ecology, satellite-based remote sensing, archaeology, paleoecology, and population genomics to bridge this crucial knowledge gap.

The assistant professor will join the ECONOVO team within the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF) at the Department of Biology at Aarhus University. ECONOVO is a Center of Excellence focused on improving our insights into emerging novel ecological conditions and how to steer these conditions towards the most positive outcome possible. ECOINF harbors strong expertise in macroecology, remote sensing, and megafauna and vegetation ecology, as well as in ecology and biodiversity broadly. Together ECONOVO and ECOINF constitute an ambitious, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and highly international research community. Multiple local and international collaborators will be included where relevant. Team members are encouraged to collaborate within the group, across departments, and with other universities.

Further information
If you have any questions, please contact Professor, Jens-Christian Svenning, tel.: + 45 28992304, e-mail:

The place of employment and work is Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO) and Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 116, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation services and career counselling for expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark on Research at AU.

Start date September 1, 2023 or as soon as possible.

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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural 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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

Deadline: 04 June 2023

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 toits 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more

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