PhD Position in Aalborg University Denmark

PhD stipend – Spatial optimization planning for EU river restoration – Aalborg University, Denmark, 2022


At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a PhD stipend is available within the doctoral programme Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD stipend
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

To fill this position, a relevant educational background within ecology or conservation biology, preferably with a focus on freshwater systems, is necessary. Furthermore, documented competences in using the programming languages R/Python, command line scripting, statistical modelling of freshwater biodiversity, preferably species distribution modelling, working with geographic information systems ArcGIS/QGIS, and writing scientific articles in English are considered an advantage.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 is a core part of the European Green Deal which aims at protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems based on a long-term plan. Among other specific actions and commitments, the Biodiversity Strategy calls for greater efforts to restore freshwater ecosystems, acknowledging that freshwater ecosystems and their biodiversity and ecosystem services keep declining at an alarming rate despite great efforts taken such as under the EU Water Framework Directive. Specifically, the Biodiversity Strategy sets the target to make at least 25,000 km of rivers free-flowing by 2030 by removing obsolete barriers and restoring floodplains and wetlands across Europe.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop a generally applicable workflow to prioritize the removal of barriers along river corridors, considering different targets such as reconnected river length, freshwater biodiversity health, floodplain and wetland habitat provision, and cost-effectiveness and to test the workflow at different spatial and jurisdictional scales in Europe. The project will be embedded in an international team-setting, benefitting from additional guidance by experts from Germany and Spain.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 18-22039

Application Procedure

Basic documents required for the application

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department consists of two sections with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Technology and Biology. Place of employment of the position is Section for Bioscience and Engineering in Aalborg. The Section of Bioscience and Engineering consists of 90 people of which about 30 is associate- and full professors. The section’s conducts internationally competitive research within a range of topics within Biology and Biotechnology and publishes more than 100 peer reviewed publications annually. The section is responsible for the educations in Biology, Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology and Environmental Science and is mostly located in Aalborg, but also conducts research and teaching at Esbjerg Campus.

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Note or Other details

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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Contact details

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: [email protected] phone: +45 9940 7408.

For further information about scientific aspects of the stipend, please contact Associate Professor Simone D. Langhans by email: [email protected]

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