2-year postdoc on effects of underwater noise on marine mammal populations


BEMÆRK: Ansøgningsfristen er overskredet

The marine environments are rapidly changing, with increasing levels of noise from ships and offshore constructions and alterations of fish communities, yet it is poorly understood how this will affect marine top predators. Harbour porpoises are known to be particularly sensitive to noise, and at the same time they are likely to be influenced by changing prey availabilities in the vicinity of offshore constructions. There is therefore a need to understand the cumulative impacts of noise and habitat changes on porpoise populations.

At Aarhus University, we seek a talented postdoc with strong analytical skills to investigate how changes in marine environments will affect populations of porpoises and other species with a similar ecology. The postdoc will collaborate closely with other modellers and marine ecologists in Department of Ecoscience at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is two-year postdoc position, extendable for up to two years; the expected start date is 1 March 2024 or as soon possible thereafter.

Job description

The project aims to investigate how porpoise populations are influenced by noise from offshore wind farms, service ships and by alterations of fish communities in the vicinity of wind farms. It builds on earlier projects where data on how porpoises respond behaviourally to different disturbances have been used for developing an agent-based population model for porpoises. The model simulates effects of noise on animal behaviour and energetics, and population effects emerge from reduced foraging in the presence of disturbances. The job involves collection of information on how fish communities are altered by disturbances and offshore constructions, and using this information to develop scenarios for simulating cumulative impacts of disturbances and altered fish communities on porpoises. The project is tightly integrated with the PrePARED project (https://owecprepared.org) and several other research projects, and the successful postdoc will therefore join a strong team of population modellers, marine ecologists and marine mammal researchers.

Your profile

To be considered for the position you must have a relevant research profile and several publications focused on marine ecology, population ecology, data science or similar.

Required skills

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in biology, mathematics, physics, computer science or similar
  • Knowledge of marine mammals and marine ecology
  • Experience with ecological modelling / population modelling
  • Experience with handling and processing large data sets and statistical analysis of data
  • Experience with scientific writing
  • Excellent written and spoken English 

Who we are

The Department of Ecoscience is engaged in research projects covering the major biological subdisciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, conservation biology and wildlife management. The Department currently employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many PhD students, distributed on two geographical locations in Aarhus and Roskilde. For more information on the Department see: http://ecos.au.dk/en/.

The postdoc will be part of Section for Marine Mammal Research in Roskilde; see details on:

What we offer

The department offers:
  • A well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • An exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national and international collaborators
  • A research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research, a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.
  • International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark, and the support AU offers on AU’s homepage (https://internationalstaff.au.dk/). The salary is in accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the relevant eligible trade union (https://dm.dk/english/salary/universities-and-institutions-of-higher-education) and international hires are eligible for reduced tax (https://skat.dk/en-us/businesses/employees-and-pay/non-danish-labour/tax-scheme-for-researchers).

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: professor Jacob Nabe-Nielsen, +45 2248 1210, jnn@ecos.au.dk.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. 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.

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 Taxation 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 Taxation 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.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it 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.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/


- Arbejdspladsen ligger i:

Roskilde Kommune

-Virksomheden tilbyder:


Aarhus Universitet, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde


Ansøgningsfrist: 15-01-2024; - ansøgningsfristen er overskredet

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