Post doc position in marine non-indigenous species and offshore windfarms

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Mar 2024

We are seeking applicants for a 3-year Post doc in marine biodiversity, to join us at the Department of ECOSCIENCE working within developing methods for monitoring, modelling, and assessing the occurrence, dispersal, and impact of non-indigenous species (NIS) in Danish seas.

Job description

The focus will be on assessment of the potential impact and risk of NIS. The tasks will include:

  • contribution to document the establishment, spread and impact of NIS in Danish seas
  • work primarily with field-based monitoring using both conventional and molecular techniques
  • Investigation of the introduction of NIS using Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) to assess the risk for dispersal via wind farm monopiles as stepping-stones in Danish seas

You will be a part of the marine group that covers research and advisory tasks across the marine environment mainly related to Danish and Arctic waters. These activities will be conducted in close collaboration with the marine biodiversity monitoring group as well as the marine model group at the department as well as external partners. It is expected that you can collaborate broadly with stakeholders such as the Danish EPA and Regional Sea Conventions (OSPAR)

Applicants should hold a PhD in marine ecology, biology, environmental sciences, or similar. We expect that you have:

  • Expert knowledge on NIS, species biology, benthic ecology
  • Expert knowledge on Species Distribution Modelling
  • Very good skills in the use of conventional and molecular methods for monitoring benthic biodiversity
  • Publications in high-ranking journals
  • Good collaboration skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team within marine science
  • Very good knowledge of English (written and oral)
  • Good communication skills (scientific community, the public, stakeholders, and managers)
  • Experience in data analysis and statistical tools
  • Preferable experience with advisory work

Who we are

The Department of Ecoscience is engaged in research programs and advisory work covering the major biological subdisciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, Arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation biology and wildlife management. The Department currently employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many PhD students.

The successful candidate will work in a dynamic and internationally engaged scientific environment at the Section for Marine diversity and experimental ecology (for more information see: AU Ecoscience - Research in Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology ).

The department is, and wishes to continue to be, an active, dynamic and inspiring workplace with exciting challenges, enthusiastic colleagues and academic opportunities for development. The department wishes to support employees in creating a good balance between their work and home lives and to maintain and attract talented and committed staff, where freedom, creativity and respect for the long-term perspective are core values. For more information on the Department see: .

What we offer

The department offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 3–year position from 1. June 2024 or as soon as possible.

This is a fixed-term position to end on 31 May 2027.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact professor Peter Stæhr

[email protected]

+45 50 42 74 02

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.

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

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 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 .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it 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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