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Senior Researcher Job – Effects of Underwater Noise on Marine Mammals, Marine Science

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Aarhus University invites applications for Senior Researcher job in Marine Science, Oceanography involves the study of underwater noise on marine mammals, at the Department of Ecoscience, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Denmark – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: Senior Researcher Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Marine Mammal Research
Department of Ecoscience
Aarhus University (AU)

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Qualification Details

Required skills

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in biology, engineering, physics, oceanography or related fields.
  • A strong understanding of, and proven experience with, analysis of acoustic data.
  • Proven experience with impact of sound on marine organisms (marine mammals, fish or other).
  • Considerable experience with scientific writing and a strong publication record.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good track record for attracting external funding.
  • Experience with fieldwork related to marine mammals and/or underwater acoustics

Central for the position is a genuine interest in research and advisory work related to effects of underwater noise and anthropogenic disturbances in general, documented through prior experience. Mastering Danish in speech and writing is an advantage.

The position will be based on the AU campus in Roskilde, at Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Noise from ships and offshore construction work is intensifying worldwide, as is the need to understand how this influences marine life.

At Aarhus University we seek a highly talented senior researcher with strong analytical skills to investigate the impacts of underwater noise on marine systems, and to further our understanding of the effects of noise on health, behaviour, distribution, and population dynamics of marine mammals.

The successful candidate will join a strong research team that has worked on acquiring underwater sound data and on investigating impacts of underwater noise on seals and harbour porpoises over the last two decades. The candidate is expected to develop an independent research profile related to impacts of disturbances on marine mammals and systems and to be able to acquire external funding to support this work.

The position offers opportunity to participate in research based on a combination of underwater sound data, animal tracking data and passive acoustic monitoring data, and to develop new projects related to quantifying the effects on underwater noise on marine life.

The researcher will be expected to contribute actively in the department’s advisory activities for the Danish Ministry of Environment, public and private companies, related to effects of underwater noise. The researcher is also expected to attract graduate students and/or post docs.

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Documents Required

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 the 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.

About Marine Mammal Research

We focus on the biology and prevalence of marine mammals and other marine vertebrates as well as the factors that affect the animals’ survival and population development. We study this by means of aerial surveys, telemetry data and data on the animals' health status, which enable us to quantify the effects of anthropogenic disturbances at both the individual and population level.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Other details

Formalities and salary range 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 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.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance 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.

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Contact details

Questions about the position?

Jacob Nabe-Nielsen
Senior Researcher, Institut for Bioscience - Marine Mammal Research
+4587158696 /

Questions about application and process?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - HR Department
+4587151305 /

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