Paleonet: And another PhD opportunity in Denmark

N. MacLeod n.macleod9 at
Wed Jun 24 09:38:26 UTC 2020

This just in (as well) ...


Postdoctoral position in Marine Micropaleontology and Paleoceanography 
at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University

Application Deadline: 15 September 2020

The Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group at the Department of 
Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a 
position in marine micropaleontology and paleoceanography at the 
postdoctoral level. The successful candidate will be part of a research 
group studying Holocene and late Quaternary paleoclimate and 
paleoceanography of the North Atlantic region.

The postdoctoral project is part of a large international EU Horizon 
2020 project, ECOTIP, on the effect of climate change on ecosystems and 
biota in the Arctic region. The role of Aarhus University in the project 
is to provide the long-term perspective on these changes during recent 

The position has a fixed term of 2 years, starting as soon as possible, 
or whenever the successful applicant is available.

Job description
The postdoctoral project will focus on investigating the link between 
temporal changes in climate and biodiversity and ecosystems changes in 
the Greenland and North Atlantic regions, with special focus on the 
reaction of biota to climate change.

The main tools of the postdoc project will be the investigation of 
marine sediment cores using a combination of preferably marine 
palynology, but also micropaleontology (diatoms, foraminifers, or 
ostracods), sedimentology, and geochemistry (XRF elemental data, stable 
isotopes, CaCO3, TOC, organic biomarkers) in a multi-proxy study. The 
postdoc will also experiment with the potential use of copepod remains 
in sediment samples.

Within the framework of the ECOTIP project, there is considerable 
freedom for the postdoctoral researcher to develop the project together 
with the hosts at Aarhus University.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in geoscience or related 
fields. Candidates should preferably have knowledge on Quaternary marine 
micropaleontology (especially marine palynology), although specialists 
in other techniques/proxies are also invited to apply. Experience in 
multi-proxy studies, paleoceanography and/or numerical/statistical data 
treatment will be considered favourably. Excellent oral and written 
English skills are a requirement.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is 
the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark:

Contact Information:
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Professor Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Department of Geoscience, 
University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 2778 2897; Email: 
mss at
Dr. Christof Pearce, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, 
Denmark; mobile phone +45 9350 8915; Email: christof.pearce at

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, including the 
main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Natural 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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their 
personal background.

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 

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.

For further information, see:

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