2-year Postdoc position in marine ecology and biominerals

/From: Peter Grønkjær <peter.groenkjaer@bio.au.dk>
Sent: Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 22:48

Subject: 2-year postdoc position in marine ecology and biominerals


Starting Date and Period

The position is for 2 years and is available from 01 March 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description

Biominerals produced by aquatic animals, such as otoliths and mollusk shells, are archives of past environmental conditions experienced by the animal. They also offer a means to explore the physiology and ecology of the organism by visual and chemical analysis. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to this work in a number of areas depending on their interest and expertise, e.g.

  • Exploring growth variation in juvenile fishes and its environmental drivers using otoliths
  • Exploring historical and contemporary marine food webs using stable isotope analysis of otolith and mollusk shell protein
  • Exploring variations in the field metabolic rate of fishes using a newly invented otolith based methodology

Your profile

Applicants should have a PhD degree in biology, oceanography, geoscience or related discipline. Background and expertise may vary but the successful candidate is expected to have experience with either analysis of growth increments in biominerals, or analysis of biomineral chemistry including stable isotope analysis. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good skills in English (written and oral).

Who we are

The Department of Biology hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs in Biology with close to 500 students enrolled as well as a PhD program.

The successful candidate will join Peter Grønkjærs Fish Ecology lab in AU’s Department of Biology Aquatic Section. Our lab is dedicated to exploring, understanding and predicting how environmental change and human impacts, such as fisheries, translates into ecosystem changes and interacts with the biology and ecology of the fishes to determine their survival and productivity. To this end, we combine field and laboratory work and make use of dedicated labs and instrumentation for the visual and chemical analysis of the biominerals.

Our group strives to provide an equitable, inclusive, and inspiring research environment. In keeping with AU goals, we welcome members irrespective of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status and appreciate diverse perspectives.  A core value of our group is research integrity (including honesty and transparency) and we act in accordance with the Policy for Research Integrity, Freedom of Research and Responsible Conduct of Research at Aarhus University.

Read more about our activities here.

What we offer

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with long-standing traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite.  The working language is English, and we welcome applications from those of all genders and backgrounds. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University  here.

Place of Work

The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Aquatic Biology, Building 1134, Ole Worms Allé 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city centre (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international investigations usually report that no other nationality score higher in terms of life satisfaction.

Contact Information

Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Professor Peter Grønkjær, peter.groenkjaer@bio.au.dk


10th January 2021

Applications must include:

  • A short personal statement with your reasons for applying, and your intentions and visions with regard to the job description.
  • CV with contact information.
  • Diplomas (copies of diplomas for Master’s and PhD degrees). The diplomas must be in Danish or English.
  • A maximum of five publications may be attached.
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system.

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

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 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.

Fall 2020

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Oceanography position

Research Scientist (Oceanographer)

From: Doubell, Mark (PIRSA-SARDI) <Mark.Doubell>
Sent: Tuesday, 8 December 2020 1:58 PM
To: DL:PIRSA Aquatic Science <DLPIRSAAquaticScience>
Subject: Oceanography position

Hi All,

Our advertisement to fill the vacant Research Scientist (Oceanographer) position in the Oceanography Subprogram is now open!


It would be appreciated if you please forward the link on to any suitable candidates you know of.



Mark Doubell | Marine Ecosystems – Oceanography Sub-program Leader

South Australian Research and Development Institute – SARDI | Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Government of South Australia | Street Address

GPO Box 397 Adelaide SA 5001

P: +61 8 8429 0982 | M: +61 437 369 045 | E: mark.doubell@sa.gov.au



Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Job reference: 416211
Location: 5024 – WEST BEACH (Adelaide)
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is looking for a Research Scientist officer to join the Aquatic Sciences Branch within the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

This is a Term Vacancy up to 31/12/2022

The Research Scientist (Oceanographer) is part is part of Marine Ecosystems within the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is a leading research and development institute delivering innovation to enhance South Australia’s agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and food industries and environmental systems, working in collaboration with state, national and international collaborators, partners and investors. SARDI transfers its knowledge, technologies, products and services through scientific exchange, extension and commercial arrangements with the principal aim of enhancing the State’s economic development. SARDI currently employs approximately 360 staff in three Research Divisions Aquatic Sciences, Livestock and Farming Systems, and Sustainable Systems and a Business Services unit, located at 14 key locations around metropolitan Adelaide and regional locations.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences leads and conducts scientific research in the fields of aquaculture, biosecurity, inland waters and catchment ecology, marine ecosystems and fisheries to support the sustainable utilisation of aquatic living resources. Emerging opportunities for product and value-adding opportunities are actively pursued through a Food Value Chain Science program area dedicated to SA’s food industries.

Other requirements specific to the role includes:

  • Under the direction of the Oceanography Sub-program Leader effectively implement and manage the research plans of projects.
  • Provide support to the Sub-program Leader to conceive, formulate and conduct new projects.
  • Assist in the implementation and development of numerical ocean models (e.g. hydrodynamic, particle transport, biogeochemical, seagrass) for South Australia.
  • Provide support to the Sub-program to organise an implement field surveys, including the collection of physical and biogeochemical data, application of data quality assurance and quality control protocols for IMOS and other projects, and database management.
  • Model output, field and scientific data are analysed and reports prepared to meet milestones of the research projects.
  • Problems requiring complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-industry solutions are identified and solutions provided as a result of previous research and collaboration with other researchers, industry or other service providers.
  • Advanced scientific understanding is applied to project development.
  • A record of scientific outcomes, which supplement knowledge and contribute to new or improved practices is established.

About Us
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, is a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government and works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.

In the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity
The agency is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.


  • A PhD in oceanography (physical, chemical or biological), applied mathematics, physics or equivalent field. The level of appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications and suitability of the successful candidate.


AUD$83,152 – $92,020 per annum

Mark Doubell
Phone: 8429 0982
Email: mark.doubell@sa.gov.au
Website: www.pir.sa.gov.au

Application Instructions
All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Work Management and Achievement Orientation capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 18/12/2020 11:45 PM

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