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Academic Employee Vacancy – Arctic Ecosystem Monitoring at Zackenberg, Denmark, Mar 2022

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Aarhus University invites applications for an Academic Employee to safeguard our geophysical monitoring at Zackenberg in Northeast Greenland, the Department of Ecoscience, Denmark – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: Academic Employee
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: Permanent Position
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Ecoscience
Aarhus University
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus C, Denmark

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Qualification Details

The successful candidate has a master’s degree in Physical Geography, Environmental Science, Hydrology, Geophysics or similar.

Experience in fieldwork, maintaining advanced measurement systems and handling large data sets is required. Practical experience with LI-COR eddy covariance systems, Campbell data loggers, UAVs is regarded as an advantage. Furthermore, experience with GIS software and programming languages such as Python, Matlab, R, etc. is considered a strong asset. Documented experience in conducting fieldwork in the Arctic during harsh conditions is essential.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful candidate will, with reference to the program manager, be responsible for running the GeoBasis monitoring activities in Zackenberg, northeast Greenland, including collecting and maintaining data, data validation and quality checking, data analysis and presentation, data submission to databases; and for assisting researchers interested in making use of acquired data. The position will include a significant amount of fieldwork in the remotely located Zackenberg each year, both during summertime as well as during shoulder seasons (late winter/spring and fall).

The GeoBasis-Zackenberg monitoring programme is an integrated part of the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring programme ( GeoBasis-Zackenberg maintains long-term data series describing the terrestrial abiotic environment in Zackenberg. The programme is one out of five monitoring programs that together cover the whole ecosystem ( The aim is to understand and quantify processes and feedback mechanisms in order to advance current knowledge of the implications of a changing climate in the Arctic.

GeoBasis-Zackenberg includes a number of sub-programs; namely Meteorology, Flux monitoring, Hydrology, Snow properties, Soil properties and Geomorphology. We make use of both automatic measurement stations, such as eddy covariance stations, as well as manual investigations.

GeoBasis is jointly operated by Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, and Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen. The research team includes approximately four professors/senior researchers, three academic employees, 3-4 PhD students and a number of bachelor and master students, working with GeoBasis activities in Zackenberg, Nuuk-Kobbefjord and Disko.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: 7866
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Documents Required

Documents required to complete the online application process

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

About the Department

The Department of Ecoscience is project-based and engaged in research, talent development and consultancy covering all major biological sub-disciplines, and we conduct world-class research in the areas of ecosystem ecology including Arctic environment and ecosystems, aquatic biology and ecology, and biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 280 academic and technical staff.

The Department holds a strong position in international biodiversity, nature and environmental research and is a national leader in research-based consultancy including activities in both Denmark and Greenland. Our research focuses on how ecological framework conditions, historical conditions, natural processes and anthropogenic changes of nature and the environment affect our surrounding nature. 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 nature and biodiversity.

The Department of Bioscience plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish and Greenlandic authorities on environmental issues. The Department also leads the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) programme focusing on effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystems. One of the central research sites of GEM is Zackenberg Research Station.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Other details


We offer a permanent position to safeguard our geophysical monitoring at Zackenberg, one of the world’s most beautiful settings in the Northeast-Greenland National Park. You will become part of a team, both as part of Geobasis but also as part of the research community at Zackenberg.The Department of Ecoscience offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite. The working environment at the Department of Bioscience 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 work and area of employment

The place of work is at Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

Formalities and salary range

Salary and terms as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.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.

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Contact details

For questions, please contact GeoBasis-Zackenberg manager Mikhail Mastepanov (;  +46 7393 6096 7) or Head of Section Niels Martin Schmidt (; +45 4191 5664).

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