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Special Consultant Job – Coordination of International Waterfowl Monitoring, AU, Denmark 2022

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Aarhus University invites applications for an International Special Consultant to monitor waterfowl in general and geese in particular, at the Department of Ecoscience (ECOS), Denmark – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: Special consultant
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: Apr 01, 2022
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

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

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Qualification Details

Expertise required for this position includes:

  • As a minimum, you must have a PhD degree in waterbird ecology
  • Publications in relevant internationally refereed journals on waterbird ecology
  • A general knowledge of avian ecology and of the factors and processes influencing and determining the occurrence, abundance and distribution of species.
  • A solid theoretical and practical statistical background within applied ecological research
  • Solid experience of database management and population modelling
  • Experience of collaborating in international networks

The successful candidate must also have some knowledge of, or experience in, the following areas:

  • Planning and organizing monitoring programs for wild birds and/or mammals
  • Sustainable hunting and exploitation of waterbird populations
  • Teaching activities in relation to wildlife biology and management.
  • Preparation and quality assurance of reports and briefing statements
  • Communication with volunteers, organizations and statutory authorities as well as dissemination in both Danish and English

Responsibilities/Job Description

The special consultant will be responsible for handling the international coordination of waterfowl monitoring across Europe, especially of goose populations, and maintaining contact with an international network of specialists and managers under the auspices of the European Goose Management Platform (EGMP) under the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). The position requires participation in existing projects, but also the initiation of new research, monitoring and advisory projects in relation to species monitoring, population dynamics and ecology within the EGMP. The applicant must be willing to participate in a team and must, in collaboration with other employees, actively plan monitoring programs, organize databases and report to international and national forums, as well as be involved in the work of developing the concept of adaptive management (see CAN's website at

In the longer term, the applicant is expected to independently initiate and develop waterbird population models and implement adaptive management in a broader context. We are looking for an open and accommodating person with a creative approach to solving challenging tasks. The candidate will be a member of the Wildlife Ecology Section (

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: 7869
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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 engaged in research programmes, teaching curricula and advisory work covering the major biological subdisciplines. 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.

The special consultant will work in a vibrant and internationally engaged scientific environment at the Section for Wildlife Ecology, primarily composed of wildlife biologists and social scientists. The primary reference will be to the Data Centre of the EGMP, which is based in the Section and to the Centre for Adaptive Nature Management (CAN)  (

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Other details


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 working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations. English is widely spoken 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

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Frederiksborgvej 399, Risø, 4000 Roskilde and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

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 further information, please contact: Professor Jesper Madsen, +45 29440204,

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