Department of Science and Environment (DSE), Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as associate professor in Ecosystem Ecology from 1st November 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

DSE is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The Department conducts basic and applied research within Medical Biology, Molecular Biology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Bachelor, master, and PhD programs are offered within these areas. In accordance with the university strategy, research and education takes place in a collaborative and interdisciplinary university environment. Further, we encourage collaboration with the other internal university departments, covering social sciences and humanities where relevant, as well as external partners at regional, national, and international level. The Department is organized in four sections. The associate professor will be part of the Section for Environmental Dynamics. This section comprises now ten professors, associate professors, and assistant professors as well as a varying number of PhD-students, postdocs, and technicians.

The announced position will be particularly linked to the Ecosystem Ecology research area but will also include teaching within the broader field of Environmental Sciences including quantitative methods and is further expected to develop scientifically in close collaboration with the rest of the Environmental Dynamics group.

Read more about the group here:

Responsibilities and duties
The Department offers a BSc program in Natural Sciences, a MSc program in Environmental Sciences, and a related PhD program. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to both teaching as well as research activities at the Department.

The successful applicant is expected to actively carry out her/his own research and to contribute to research in ecology and/or related research areas at the Department.

Current focus areas of research by the research section include, amongst others, Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Biogeochemistry in Soils, Biological Production, Climate Change Impacts, Coastal and Freshwater Ecology, and Plastic Pollution.

The candidate’s experience with, and successful acquisition of, external research funding will be considered important, and it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to such efforts and to the development of national and international research networks. Further, the successful candidate is expected to strengthen the Environmental Dynamic section’s success rate and internal research collaboration.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent within Ecosystem Ecology or an equal field.

The successful candidate must further have a documented educational and research background in Ecosystem Ecology, including teaching experience and research competence as an ecologist with a strong training and/or experience in statistics.

Research experience within one or preferentially more of the following subjects will be an advantage (not prioritized order):

  • Carbon cycling and sequestration in ecosystems
  • Ecosystems studies
  • Vegetation analysis
  • Climate change effects on ecosystems, communities and/or populations
  • Food web dynamics on interplay between plants and animals
  • Anthropogenic stress effects on ecosystems, communities and/or populations
  • Population ecology

The successful applicant should further be experienced in applied use of biostatistics. Apart from basic biostatistics, study design, and proficiency in statistical software environments such as R, and/or SPPS, knowledge to and experience within one or more of the following statistical topics and methods is advantageous:

  • Handling of large and complex data sets
  • Factorial and regression methods (e.g., ANOVA, linear and non-linear regression, ANCOVA)
  • Multivariate methods (e.g., MANOVA, PERMANOVA, ANOSIM, Cluster analysis)
  • Spatio-temporal methods related to GIS analyses

The successful applicant should expect to teach at all university levels (bachelor, master, and PhD) and should be able to plan and teach courses and supervise practical and theoretical student projects in as many of the following topics as possible:

  • Basic Ecology (terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems)
  • Population Biology
  • Biodiversity including Conservation and Restoration Biology
  • Fundamental courses in Botany and Zoology (i.e., “Functional Biology and Systematics”)
  • Simple Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Statistics (including simple impacts assessment methods and simple time-series analyses).
  • Part of the teaching (especially at the bachelor level) is in Danish, and we expect the candidate be able to teach in English immediately, and within three years acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient for participation in departmental and university committees and meetings and further develop the language skill to be able to teach in Danish.

We emphasize good cooperation and communication skills, and the candidate should be able to demonstrate willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team and be motivated for sharing her/his knowledge among colleagues. The applicant is further expected to continue a good publication rate in good peer reviewed journals and work actively in attracting external funding to expand and consolidate the Environmental Dynamic section.

The ideal candidate shall be enterprising, possess good communication skills, and be a visible, involved participant in the Department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the Department.

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on

  • Personal suitability and motivation for the post, including strong willingness to collaborate within the group
  • Professional competence and scientific production within Ecosystem Ecology and/or related fields as documented through scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters etc.
  • Broad teaching experience in ecological topics and biostatistics
  • General scientific and educational qualifications
  • Ability to obtain external funds
  • Research management, participation and research projects and research dissemination.

Experience from international research mobility.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Susanne Sørensen on tel. (+45) 4674 2111 or Head of section Kristian Syberg (+45) 4674 3776

Terms of employment
The employment is full time, and you will refer to Head of Department Susanne Sørensen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position click on the "Apply" button.

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Documentation of education
  4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
  5. Research plan including list of funding obtained over the past 5 years (2-3 pages)
  6. A complete list of publications
  7. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment
    If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here).

Please submit your application no later than 15th of August 2022. 
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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