Aarhus University (AU)

Tenure track researcher position in Applied Mammal Ecology (BB-7E5C1)

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The Department of Bioscience (BIOS), Aarhus University, is seeking a researcher to a tenure track position to undertake research, teaching and consultancy within the field of wildlife biology and population ecology with special emphasis on terrestrial mammals. The role of this position is to strengthen and develop the research and consultancy activities within BIOS, particularly with regard to northern European mammals, but also to significantly strengthen the analytical and statistical skills of the department. The position will play a central role in contributing to the department’s research and advisory profile in relation to terrestrial mammals and should interact with ongoing departmental simulation modelling initiatives for mammals, embracing the concepts of adaptive management (see the CANwebsite at candidate will also be expected to develop interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, elsewhere in the University and with external partners. The position will be placed in the Wildlife Ecology Section The position is available November 1st 2021 or as soon as possible.

The successful candidate must have a degree and an established track-record of publications in high-impact international journals. High experience documented as a broad publication record on research on the behaviour, habitat selection, population ecology, and landscape ecology of terrestrial European mammals is essential. Demonstrable insight in and working experience with the issues related to hunting and harvest management, invasive species management, human-wildlife conflicts and adaptive management is also expected. It is a requirement of the position that the candidate has a solid theoretical and practical statistical background and proven experience within the analysis and processing of large datasets. The candidate must be prepared to undertake interdisciplinary research teamwork, acquire independent research funding and participate in teaching and supervision of students. Within three years upon his/her appointment, the successful candidate is expected to be able to communicate professionally in Danish or another Scandinavian language.

The Department
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, and biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 250 academic and technical staff.

The Department holds a strong position in international biodiversity research and is a national leader in research-based consultancy and knowledge exchange on evidence-based and cost effective conservation and management of biodiversity in Denmark. Our research focuses on how ecological framework conditions, historical conditions, natural processes and anthropogenic changes of nature and the environment affect our surrounding biodiversity. We explore the underlying ecological and geographical mechanisms and work on understanding human impact on biodiversity and ecosystems. Particular focus is on how current climate change and other global anthropogenic environmental changes affect biodiversity. We have expertise in plant biodiversity, plant-insect interactions, population ecology, taxonomy, nature conservation and management, eco-toxicology, and critical loads. Our tools are experiments, field observations, GIS, remote sensing, eDNA, risk assessment, risk modelling, decision support systems and ecoinformatics. We study the interactions between plants, animals, fungi, micro-organisms and the surrounding environment. The activities take place at a national and international level with main activities in Denmark and Northern Europe, including the Arctic. Our research builds upon a strong research infrastructure with numerous well-equipped research laboratories run by a highly qualified staff of lab technicians.

The Department of Bioscience plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues, and we are deeply involved in the national monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines and for the sampling and analysis of biological parameters, hazardous substances etc. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large 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. The working languages are English and Danish and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at />
Place of employment
The place of works is Department of Bioscience - Kalø, Grenåvej 14, 8410 Rønde (Jutland), and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Peter Sunde tel.: +45 2063 0704 (mail:
Technical Sciences Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Technical Sciences Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researcher for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured position as Senior Researcher.

The aim of the Technical Sciences 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 Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.

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