Tenure-track researcher in social-ecological systems

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Deadline- 22 May 23:59 CEST

Expected start- 1 Nov

  • Department of Ecoscience – Biodiversity and ConservationC.F. Møllers Allé 88000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time positionID: 11833

Are you interested in social-ecological systems and can you contribute to the development of the Social-Ecological Systems Simulation Centre (SESS)? Then the Department of Ecoscience invites you to apply for a tenure-track position.A tenure-track at Aarhus University is an attractive career opportunity where candidates are employed at assistant professor/researcher level for a six-year period with promotiondepending on a positive assessment at the end of the tenure track programme. See link below.

Expected start date and duration of employmentT

he candidate is expected to start November 1st 2023 or as soon as possible.

Job description

The Social-Ecological Systems Simulation Centre (SESS) seeks a tenure-track researcher to support its research in applying social-ecological systems approaches to environmental management and policy in European landscapes. The candidate will contribute within one or more of the key areas of Simulation Modelling, Social Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Agronomy, Ecology, Technical Development, or Policy.This tenure-track position is for an able researcher to develop a profile within the social-ecological systems simulation area, and the candidate will be expected to:

  • Develop an area of specialism with the SESS remit whilst contributing broadly to ongoing and future projects.
  • Carry out high-profile research leading to high-quality scientific publication.
  • Contribute to, and eventually lead funding applications, nationally and internationally.
  • Support the SESS and ALMaSS international networks by promoting national and international collaboration across the SESS research projects.
  • Support the strategy and future development of the centre.
  • Contribute to talent development and consolidating expertise in SESS by attracting and supervising students and research assistants.

Your profile

You should be a talented researcher with an excellent track record of scientific publication commensurate with career experience.Your background should fit the SESS remit but may be from any field within this area. However, you should have an interest in developing a broad expertise within applied social-ecological systems simulation science.Key areas of interest to SESS include but are not limited to:Environmental and Regulatory Policy, Environmental Risk Assessment, Economics, Social Science, Ecology and Ecological Modelling, Machine Learning applications, Modelling carbon, nitrogen and water at landscape scales, and Agricultural Systems science.SESS works with simulation models, and hence familiarity with modelling or programming, or the ability and desire to learn to work within a simulation-oriented group, is important.The ability to work and communicate well as part of a multi-disciplinary team is essential, as is a positive attitude to helping others achieve common research goals.

Who we are

The Department of Ecoscience is engaged in research programmes, teaching curricula and advisory work covering the major biological sub-disciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many PhD students.This position will strengthen the capacity of the Social-Ecological Systems Simulation centre (SESS) at Ecoscience (https://projects.au.dk/sess/ ). SESS develops detailed system simulation models to predict the impacts of the management of landscapes, both agricultural and natural, across Europe. The research team includes software engineers, ecologists, ecotoxicologists, and GIS specialists, and is distributed over several European countries.The successful applicant will join the core team in Aarhus, which leads the design and development of the simulation software and its application in risk assessment and policy-related landscape management.The working environment at SESS is based on teamwork and close working relations. As a multidisciplinary team with numerous ongoing projects, we benefit from our day-to-day collaboration, where we often contribute to various overlapping projects. The core SESS team is situated on the same floor in an Aarhus University Campus building where offices are next to each other. Our work and team efforts thrive from in-office conversations and coordination, while we also value the advantages of working from home.Since SESS staff all come from different backgrounds, we can provide each other with a broad range of insights and inputs that strengthen the development and outcome of our research. One of our greatest strengths is the diversity in our team and the dynamic it enables – in practice this means our work is more adapted to our strengths and how we work individually than the other way around. As a team, we are inclusive, and there is a general focus and understanding for the balance between work and private life.

What we offer

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with elite international university partners and with the Danish Ministry of the Environment.The tenure track position is a researcher (assistant professor) position with a guaranteed option to be evaluated for a permanent senior researcher position after four years.English is widely spoken and the working language in SESS, and we welcome applicants from abroad. The Department has a strong work-life balance policy and seeks a good gender and age balance. Read more about the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work. Both AU and SESS staff will endeavour to make any international relocation as easy as possible.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Building 1110, C.F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000, Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Professor Chris Topping, +45  87158845, cjt@ecos.au.dkEnsuring gender balance at The Department of Ecoscience is a high priority at Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question 

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.Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

Application procedure

Shortlisting 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

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

Questions about the position?

Christopher John Topping

Professor, Department of Ecoscience – Biodiversity and Conservation



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