Aarhus University (AU)

2-yr postdoc on “Rewilding effects on biodiversity, soils and carbon” (BB-BF63D)

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Job description

Rewilding is emerging as an important new approach to restore functional ecosystems and revert the ongoing biodiversity decline. The postdoc project will contribute to the broader objectives of BIOCHANGE by assessing the biodiversity, soil and carbon responses to rewilding, with initial focus on select trophic rewilding projects (with restored large wild or semi-wild large herbivores) in Denmark. The project work will be a combination of synthesis existing data and new field-based work. The postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and lead at least two high-quality papers per year in this research area, contribute to the project’s public outreach and teaching, as well as collaborate with other team members, including students, sharing skills, and helping solve problems in her/his area of expertise.

Your profile
Applicants must have PhD degree in ecology (or equivalent), or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. Expertise with both field-based ecology in Europe is expected, as well as solid skills in statistical modelling. Experience with soil ecology, carbon cycles, and vegetation is an advantage. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good skills in English and international applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills and fluency.

Supervisor and collaborators:
Project PI prof. Jens-Christian Svenning will be the supervisor. The postdoc will join Svenning’s VILLUM Investigator team within the Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and the Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF). Key collaborators include assistant prof. Robert J. Buitenwerf (BIOCHANGE/ECOINF), prof. Signe Normand (BIOCHANGE/ECOINF), and Kent Olsen, head of research, Natural History Museum Aarhus. BIOCHANGE is a center of excellence focused on improving our understanding, predictive capacity, and responses to the ongoing and future dynamics in biodiversity under global change. ECOINF harbors strong expertise in macroecology, remote sensing, and megafauna and vegetation ecology, as well as in ecology and biodiversity broadly. Together BIOCHANGE and ECOINF constitute an ambitious, collaborative and highly international research community. Multiple local and international collaborators will be included where relevant. Postdocs and PhD students are encouraged to collaborate within the group, across departments and with other universities. More information about the people and research activities of the group can be found at and />
What we offer
The successful candidate is offered:
The place of employment and work is Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) and Section of Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity (ECOINF), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 116, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Contact Information
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, phone +45 28992304, e-mail:

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