Research Assistant at Section for Marine Mammal Research

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 24 Mar 2023

Do you love doing field work, handling data, and setting up technical equipment, and would you like to help us investigating how marine mammals are affected by human disturbances? Then a job in Section for Marine Mammal Research at Aarhus University in Roskilde may be something for you.

Expected start date and duration of employment
This is a 2-year position from 1 May 2023 or as soon possible.

Job description
You will work with monitoring of marine mammals in Denmark, which includes assisting with tagging of seals and porpoises, monitoring of porpoises
with acoustic data loggers and conducting aerial surveys of porpoises and seals.

The work will support the research projects and monitoring programmes on marine mammals and underwater noise at Department of Ecoscience. Together with the other team members you will be responsible for handling the collected data, for maintaining boats, cars, and technical equipment, and will also have to handle other tasks as they arise. The work includes a considerable amount of field work, sometimes for long periods, but also a lot of report writing and various administrative and practical tasks.

Your profile
We are looking for a biologist (MSc), engineer or similar with experience in working with marine mammals, field work, calibration, and maintenance of technical measuring equipment and with handling of large amounts of data. It is expected that you have experience with planning and leading field work from both small boats and larger vessels, and that you are good at expressing yourself in English and Danish, orally as well as in writing. Proven experience with programming and data analysis, including analysis of acoustic data, is an advantage.

You will be part of a larger research team that works closely together, and you must therefore be a distinct team player who can work independently and to solve problems as they arise. You must be able to work on multiple projects at the same time, but also to focus on deadlines to help ensuring that all tasks are completed on time. You must be able to familiarize yourself with the use of various types of software and field equipment independently.

We expect you to be service-minded, positive, solution-oriented, not afraid to act, and that you are not prone to seasickness. It will be a clear advantage if you have experience with electronics, preferably acoustic equipment such as C-PODs and noise loggers, and that you have experience with flying and/or building drones.

Who we are
The Section for Marine Mammal Research is part of the Department of Ecoscience, which has around 275 employees equally divided between scientific, technical and administrative employees and PhD students. The employees are distributed across two localities – Aarhus and Roskilde.
Section for Marine Mammal Research deals with many different topics within marine mammal monitoring and research. See more here:

What we offer
The section offers:

  • an exciting workplace in rapid development
  • a varied job where collaboration is a key word
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial partners
  • a working climate that invites lively, open and critical discussions
  • socially engaged and welcoming colleagues
  • a working environment with close working relationships, networking activities and social activities

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is at Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.

We must underline that the work place is in Roskilde and not in Aarhus.

Contact information
For further information, please contact: head of section Jacob Nabe-Nielsen, +45 22 48 12 10,

Applications must be received no later than 24 March 2023.

Application procedure
Short-listing 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.

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

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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