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Associate Professorship in Environmental Metagenomics (or eDNA analysis), Aarhus University, Denmark 897299

The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (, Denmark, invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Environmental Metagenomics (or eDNA analysis) starting October 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The emerging field of environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis provides great potential applications in ecological and evolutionary research as well as making a major contribution to environmental and conservation biological monitoring. We seek a researcher with an internationally excellent academic track-record based on eDNA analysis. The role requires an established strong publication record, documented skills in attracting external funding and experience with international research collaboration. Documented experience with analysis of eDNA, both at the molecular level including Next Generation Sequencing and at the level of bioinformatics and statistical analysis, is required. Furthermore, experience with teaching and supervision, good collaborative and communicative skills are important for the role.

The candidate will become a member of the Section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution of the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, and should contribute to the section's scientific environment and teaching. Moreover, it is expected that the candidate will establish and contribute to collaboration across the Department of Bioscience in order to unfold the major potential for integrating eDNA analysis in multidisciplinary work.

Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed for Associate Professors in:

The position will be based at Ny Munkegade 116, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.   A non-Danish candidate is expected to be able to teach in Danish on undergraduate courses within a 3-5 year timeframe.

For more information, please contact Head of Department Hans Brix (email:

A start­up package may be negotiated.

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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 Finance 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. (in Danish).
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicant to specify periods of e.g. maternal leaves without research activities. These time periods will be subtracted from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. We wish to recruit the best qualified candidate applying a broad perspective on competencies relevant to all aspects of the position and with a focus on collaborative skills.

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