PhD and Postdoc Vacancies at Aarhus University

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Aarhus University is the third-largest university in Denmark and was founded in 1829. It is a public institution that offers education and research in many fields. The university offers a wide variety of courses ranging from engineering to humanities subjects like history, philosophy, sociology or linguistics. It also offers a number of master’s programs that are available both at the main campus as well as at satellite campuses throughout Denmark.

Aarhus University has a long history of excellence and innovation, which has made it one of the leading universities in Europe. In fact, it is ranked as the best university for engineering and technology studies by QS World University Rankings.

Aarhus University has four campuses – two in Aarhus, one in Copenhagen, and one in Odense – as well as more than 100 study centres throughout Denmark. It also offers education abroad to students from more than 40 countries around the world.

Here you can find all available Fully Funded PhD and Postdoc Vacancies at different Faculties of Aarhus University, such as the Faculty of Arts, School of Health, School of Natural Sciences, and School of Technical Sciences, with their study subjects, projects, and deadlines.

Fully Funded PhD and Postdoc in the School of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University

The School of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University offers students the opportunity to learn in a dynamic and international environment. With more than 10,000 students, the school is one of Denmark’s leading providers of education in engineering, business and the natural sciences.

There are some available PhD Scholarships in the School of Technical Sciences in the following different study subjects:

  • Agroecology
  • Animal Science
  • Bioscience
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Food Science
  • Quantitative Genetics and Genomics

Title: PhD in Farmers’ motivation for entering programs to improve environmental, climate and biodiversity outcomes

Location: Department of Environmental Science

Deadline: 28.02.2023

Title:
Farmers’ motivation for entering programs to improve environmental, climate and biodiversity outcomes

Research area and project description:
New farming practices promoted through agro-environmental regulation to achieve  climate, water quality and biodiversity policy objectives   imply that farmers’ use of the land for production of commodities changes to more passive land use,  which involves costs, lost flexibility and uncertainty.  The low uptake of many agri-environmental programs in Denmark and other places indicates that there are barriers to this type of regulations, and that all costs and barriers are not properly understood.  We therefore assume that voluntary contractual arrangements between farmers and the authorities can be developed and used more effectively to enhance climate change mitigation and water protection objectives simultaneously. Examples are the CAP subsidy schemes, including support to farmers as part of EUs Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Greening and eco-schemes in Pillar I, and agri-environmental schemes as part of pillar II. 

The aim of this proposed PhD study is to reveal farmers’ preferences for entering into voluntary policy programs, with varying innovative instrument designs for the achievement of climate,  water quality and biodiversity policy objectives (or other scenario targets set). This will include investigation of how removal or reductions of barriers can enhance farmers’ adoption of the voluntary contracts and schemes directed at effective implementation of climate and water quality targets, and of different policy instrument design options, such as outcome versus management based support, collective incentive mechanisms or alternative mechanisms, including trade and carbon credit schemes.  Analysis and assessments of combinations of subsidy and tax schemes is also very relevant, including taking tradeoffs and synergies between  environmental objectives into account.

The PhD study will be part of the LandCraft center at Aarhus University (Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures (land-craft.dk)), and is funded by this center. Cooperation with the other researchers in LandCraft is highly encouraged to facilitate and develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the green transition in agriculture, and how to adapt landscape management to reduce the environmental footprint of agricultural production systems,  while increasing their resilience to climate change.  LandCraft offers cooperation with leading scientists  within political science, environmental economics, interdisciplinary modelling and assessment, and natural scientists researching the processes that lead to greenhouse gas emissions and loss of nutrients to the environment.

Project description: For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Applicants are strongly encouraged to add a brief project description (approx. 2 pages) describing own ideas and research plan for this specific project based on the project description outlined above. If you do not wish to make your own project description, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences:
The position requires a 2-year Master’s degree, preferably with a specialization in political science or environmental economics or related disciplines, with good results. The candidate must have strong skills in quantitative methods and advanced statistical analysis. Experience with survey design, qualitative interviewing techniques and/or discrete choice experiments would also be beneficial, but is not required. If graduation is expected in the very near future, documentation for final thesis and date of examination must be enclosed in the application. Applicants demonstrating a good understanding of integrated, problem-oriented analysis is preferred.

Fluent English (written and spoken) is expected.

Learn More and Apply.


Title: PhD in AI-enabled agile communication for remote haptic interaction in Tactile Internet

Location: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Deadline: 28.02.2023

Title:
AI-enabled agile communication for remote haptic interaction in Tactile Internet

Research area and project description:
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (TOAST*), consisting of 10 PhD students (3 of which will be hired by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AU).

With the advancement of AI, it is possible to use AI techniques to predict the next movement of human and machine in real time for a given operation, particularly in repetitive or constrained environments. Accurate motion prediction can interpolate and extrapolate human and machine motions for reducing perceived E2E latency, even reducing the demand on E2E communication resources. Motion prediction is promising to address the instability in remote haptic interactions, thereby providing graceful service degradation in critical communication conditions.

This project aims to apply Deep Learning models to accurately predict human and robot motions in real-time using time-series data, thereby enabling dynamic network service provisioning in Tactile Internet. The project will identify the interactions between the Tactile Internet service and the network to enable dynamic adaptation and reconfiguration of the E2E service provisioning. This project will analyse the effect of missing data from single or multiple modalities due to packet loss or communication outage in the performance of the predictions and propose ways to increase robustness. The project will also study how to reduce the update rate of video and haptic control signals with motion prediction, while guaranteeing the user Quality of Experience and Quality of Task.

*The TOAST consortium comprises 7 leading research institutes across Europe (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France) and 4 industrial stakeholders (Germany, Sweden, France and Italy). TOAST’s mission is to train the next generation of doctoral candidates to tackle the critical challenges of Tactile Internet through interdisciplinary research.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network Program offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.

Project description (½-4 pages): This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science, or within a relevant area.

  • Background on machine learning and wireless communication system is desired.
  • Strong analytical skills, optimization techniques and programming skills are desired.
  • Experience in haptic technology and haptic application is a plus.
  • Excellent English verbal and written skills.
  • The candidates are eligible if they have not resided in Denmark for more than 12 months within the past 36 months.

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Title: PhD in Edge Intelligence for Model-Augmented Haptic Teleoperation in Tactile Internet

Location: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Deadline: 28.02.2023

Title:
Edge Intelligence for Model-Augmented Haptic Teleoperation in Tactile Internet

Research area and project description:
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (TOAST*), consisting of 10 PhD students (3 of which will be hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AU).

Model-Augmented Haptic Teleoperation, also known as Model-mediated teleoperation (MMT) is a promising approach for Tactile Internet to address both stability and transparency in teleoperation under communication latency and packet loss. The idea of MMT is that the local device uses a local model, i.e., the digital twin of the remote device, to approximate the remote environment. Instead of transmitting actual haptic feedback from the remote device to the local device, the haptic feedback can be computed based on the local model without noticeable delay. However, accurate online model parameters estimation is challenging, model mismatch can, for example, cause position tracking error, resulting in dangerous slave behaviour.

This project aims to design Edge Intelligence using transfer learning and continual learning approaches to develop a new neural network-based estimation of remote environment for MMT. The key is to design and implement new machine learning methods for achieving high performance with small training data, and to design and implement continual learning methods to improve the NNs’ performance based on newly collected experience. The outcome is expected to achieve model estimation acceleration for remote environment, and to increase model accuracy and minimize model mismatch, i.e., enhancing stability and transparency, under large latency.

*The TOAST consortium comprises 7 leading research institutes across Europe (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France) and 4 industrial stakeholders (Germany, Sweden, France and Italy). TOAST’s mission is to train the next generation of doctoral candidates to tackle the critical challenges of Tactile Internet through interdisciplinary research.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network Program offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.

Project description (½-4 pages): This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.

Qualifications and specific competences:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or within a relevant area.
  • Background on machine learning, robotics, and wireless communication system is desired.
  • Strong programming skills, e.g., python programming, is desired.
  • Experience in haptic technology and haptic application is a plus.
  • Excellent English verbal and written skills.
  • Be able to work well and communicate expert knowledge in an interdisciplinary team.
  • The candidates are eligible if they have not resided in Denmark for more than 12 months within the past 36 months.

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Title: PhD in Distributed Edge Intelligence for Immersive Tactile Internet

Location: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Deadline: 28.02.2023

Title:
Distributed Edge Intelligence for Immersive Tactile Internet

Research area and project description:
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (TOAST*), consisting of 10 PhD students (3 of which will be hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AU).

Distributed edge intelligence is one of the enabling technologies for time-critical applications by allowing devices to offload computation and energy demanding operations to computing resources in the proximity. In Tactile Internet, due to the resource limitation on the robot side, it is desirable to leverage distributed edge intelligence instead of performing computation locally.

This project aims to develop a distributed edge intelligence framework for the Tactile Internet, including the development of advanced offloading methods for computation tasks (e.g., Deep Learning real-time inference, 3D reconstruction), balancing Cloud and Edge computation and edge caching. In particular, task-oriented communication, an emerging communication paradigm, will be studied and applied for designing efficient transmission strategies for task data in computation offloading. It is important to understand trade-offs of edge intelligence engine’s location in the network and the communication and computation load of tasks, under different network QoS and user QoE requirements of tactile Internet services, and then perform joint optimization of computation, communication, and haptic control.

*The TOAST consortium comprises 7 leading research institutes across Europe (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France) and 4 industrial stakeholders (Germany, Sweden, France and Italy). TOAST’s mission is to train the next generation of doctoral candidates to tackle the critical challenges of Tactile Internet through interdisciplinary research.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network Program offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.

Project description (½-4 pages): This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science, or within a relevant area.

  • Background on wireless communication system, optimisation techniques, and deep learning is desired.
  • Strong analytical and programming skills are desired.
  • Experience in haptic control, haptic technology, haptic applications, AR and VR is a plus.
  • Excellent English verbal and written skills.
  • Be able to work well and communicate expert knowledge in an interdisciplinary team.
  • The candidates are eligible if they have not resided in Denmark for more than 12 months within the past 36 months.

Learn More and Apply.


Title: PhD in Re-advertisement: Mitigation of GHG and ammonia emissions from pig production buildings via design and control of ventilation and manure management

Location: Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Deadline: 08.02.2023

Title:
Re-advertisement: Mitigation of GHG and ammonia emissions from pig production buildings via design and control of ventilation and manure management

Research area and project description:
A key sustainability target of 21st century is to evaluate and reduce the environmental impacts associated with livestock production, while addressing the increased demand for meat production (European_Commission, 2020). Consumption of pork meat is expected to increase by 40% in 2050 because the global population could reach almost 10 billion by 2050. The rapid development of pig farming has a tremendous impact on the global environment. The increased pig production may further increase its contribution to GHG emissions and it therefore cannot be neglected.

Denmark is ranked at 12th globally for pig production and the world’s largest exporter of pigs, which accounts for 35% of the world’s annual pig exporter (FAO statistics). Although the pork production is the second largest contribution to GHG emissions among livestock productions, accounting for around 10% of CH4 emissions in Denmark, the methane conversion factor of liquid slurry for swine reaches 13.92% comparing to 4.82% for cattle. It indicates that there is a large potential to reduce the methane emission from slurry pit of pig houses in order to contribute in achieving the goal of being climate neutral by 2050. Meanwhile, the agricultural sector is the main contributor of NH3 emission, which accounts for around 90% of the total NH3 emission in Denmark. Although NH3 is not considered as a GHG, it is an environmentally concerned emitted gas and the biological reaction of NH3 itself can promote the formation of secondary pollutants such as N2O, which has a large greenhouse warming potential (1 g N2O emitted equals 298 g CO2eq).

This PhD project is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD). It is well known that manure management, ventilation systems and flow patterns above the emission surfaces influence gaseous emissions significantly. The applicant is expected to investigate how to design and control the ventilation systems and manure management systems simultaneously so that the emissions of GHG and ammonia can be mitigated. Both on-site experimental tests and numerical simulations are to be conducted. The successful applicant has the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team where both researchers and industrial partners will participate in the activities of the project.

Project description. For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants must have a relevant Master’s degree with background in building ventilation systems, biosystem engineering, Agricultural engineering relevant to environmental control of livestock production buildings or other related disciplines. It is expected that the applicants have fundamental knowledge in building ventilation systems, and environmental control of livestock production buildings. It is an advantage if the applicants have experience of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and/or of on-site experimental measurements.

The applicants should be thrilled in working in an interdisciplinary environment with multi academic and industrial partners, where research institutions and companies will participate in this project.

Additionally, it is expected that the applicants are able to logically write and fluently communicate in English. It is an advantage that the applicants have participated in internationally conferences and/or published articles in international journals.

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Title: PhD in development of multi-specific protein therapeutics

Location: Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Deadline: 28.02.2023

Title:
PhD in development of multi-specific protein therapeutics

Research area and project description:
A large number of diseases is caused by pathogenic molecules upon encounter of the human body via the airways, skin or intestine. Severe reactions including anaphylaxis represent life threatening conditions in patients, which are specifically susceptible, e.g. due to allergic sensitization. This ambitious and interdisciplinary project will establish novel and unorthodox treatment strategies based on bi- and multi-specific molecular engagers that enable efficient trapping of culprit antigens and thereby interfering with severity and course of disease.

The candidate will be part of the Immunological Biotechnology group in the Section of Medical Biotechnology and focus on the development of novel ligands and establish, produce, characterise, evolve and analyse multi-specific, multi-modal molecules based on immunoglobulin scaffolds. Functional and structural characterisation will be performed as foundation for further development.

We are looking for an open minded, curious person with strong interest in medical biotechnology and drug development.  The student will join a team of researchers, experienced technicians and students at different levels of their education in an international environment where commitment, helpfulness, flexibility, and close collaboration are core values.

The study is part of a collaborative research project funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation and a collaboration with research institutions in Denmark and Germany. Hence, part of the project might be performed abroad.

Project description. For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants must have a relevant Master´s degree or at least one year of a Master´s degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology or the like. Experience with protein biotechnology, combinatorial technologies, flow cytometry and immunological techniques are considered as advantage. Oral and written communication skills in English are required. The applicant must be able to present results at international conferences and publish in international peer-reviewed journals. The applicant should be enthusiastic about working in an international and interdisciplinary academic environment.

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PhD in the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University

The Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University is the largest faculty in Denmark. It offers a diverse range of programmes ranging from humanities, sociology, and languages to politics, culture and media studies.


Title: PhD scholarships (4+4) and PhD fellowships (5+3) in the Faculty of Arts (Aarhus University PhD Vacancies)

Information for potential PhD students (Aarhus University PhD Vacancies) about the programme and general student life.

The PhD degree at Arts gives you the highest degree of education in the country and qualifies you for a number of jobs with research functions – both inside and outside the university world. The program is aimed at the best graduate students who can apply for admission to the 4-year PhD scheme and postgraduate candidates with a completed Master’s degree who may apply for admission to the 3-year PhD scheme. In both cases candidates’ admission is based on merits and a submitted project proposal. At the meeting you will be informed about the education, possible stipends, and how to best write your project propo.

Learning and Education & Didactics, DPU
Virtual information meeting on Wednesday 16 June at 14.00 -15.30.

At this meeting, we will inform on the following themes:
• Information about PhD calls
• Who can apply?
• What is a good application?
• What implies enrolment as a PhD student?
• How to apply for PhD enrolment at Graduate School of Arts, AU?

Art, Literature and Cultural Studies– What is it like to be a PhD-student at AU?
– How do you apply if you want to become one?

On Thursday 12 August at 9.00, the PhD programme for Art, Literature and Cultural Studies gives an introduction to applying for a PhD scholarship at ARTS.

The meeting will address both 4+4 and 5+3 applications and is relevant for students on MA-level (first and third semester) as well as for those who have completed their master’s degree.

Culture and Society
What is it like to be a PhD-student at AU? How do you apply if you want to become one? On 30 August at 10:00, the PhD-programmes for Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion, History, Archaeology and Classical Studies, and Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy give an introduction to applying for a PhD scholarship at ARTS. The meeting will address both 4+4 and 5+3 applications and is relevant for students on MA-level (first and third semester) as well as for those who have completed their master’s degree.

Deadlines: (15th March) Spring, (1st October) Autumn

Spring Deadlines:

Application deadline:15 March at 23:59 Danish time
Reply:No later than the end of June
Enrolment start:1 September

Autumn Deadlines:

Application deadline:1 October at 23:59 Danish time
Reply:No later than the end of December
Enrolment start:1 February

More Details and Apply.


Fully Funded PhD in the School of Health at Aarhus University

The School of Health at Aarhus University is one of the best universities in Denmark, with around 10,000 students and over 1,000 academics. Its aim is to provide a sustainable health care system for the future. The school was founded in 1849 and has grown to become one of the largest and most renowned specialist schools in Europe.

There are some available PhD Scholarships in the School of Health in the following different study subjects:

  • Biomedicine
  • Public Health
  • ClinFO (Clinical Medicine, Odontology and Forensic Medicine)

Title: Apply for a PhD with your own project (Aarhus University PhD Vacancies)

There are two annual ordinary open calls, one in the spring semester and one in the autumn semester. When there is an ordinary open call it is advertised here.

To be enrolled as a PhD student, you must apply for enrolment and have your project approved and financed. 

In our ordinary open calls you apply for enrolment and a faculty fellowship. In addition, a number of fully financed integrated PhD fellowship from the Graduate School of Health is offered. 

The Graduate School of Health is now accepting applications for fully financed faculty PhD fellowships.

In addition, the Graduate School of Health offers a number of fully financed integrated PhD fellowships.

Application criteria:

To apply for a 3-year PhD study programme you must have completed a relevant Master’s degree. The Master’s study has to be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree of 120 ECTS.

General criteria for PhD applications (Aarhus University PhD Vacancies):

All applications are evaluated based on the submitted material using the following criteria. The time for research experience after the qualifying exam is taken into consideration.

The project:

  • The project description; including the PhD student’s part in defining the project
  • The standard and volume of the project – is there sufficient scientific weight for a PhD? Is the project appropriate for the enrolment period?
  • The projects originality and innovative aspects
  • The scientific level of the project
  • How does the project stem from the newest knowledge in the field?
  • The project’s use of varied methods and techniques
  • Is the project developed across disciplines, including e.g. primary research/clinical research
  • Does the project entail supporting evidence of feasibility, e.g. the power (of test), or a description of alternative possible solutions to the raised scientific question?

The applicant:

  • Research experience (in relation to the length of the actual research time) including participation in journal clubs and conferences and publications (accepted and/or published)
  • Early recruitment (integrated PhD)
  • Grades
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Motivation
  • Other qualifications

The research environment and PhD plan elements:

  • The scientific environment including:
  1. how the main supervisor and co-supervisors contribute to the completion of the PhD study, their availability and the number of students already supervised by the main supervisor and co-supervisors
  2. how the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (locally and/or through a research stay abroad)
  3. activities across disciplines and sectors
  4. International co-supervisor; co-supervisor’s role in and contribution to the project.
  • Courses
  • Dissemination
  • Learning targets
  • Mobility, including statement from host institution
  • Main supervisor statement

The application:

The application and all mandatory attachments, incl. the project description, must be in English. If the project description is not in English, the application will be rejected by the administration.

Please note that we will evaluate the application, as it is when the deadline has passed. It is not possible to submit any material for the application after deadline.

Furthermore, please be aware that we only evaluate one application per applicant per call. Thus, if you have submitted more than one application, we reserve the right only to evaluate the last application received.

In addition, PhD students who are already enrolled are not eligible for PhD fellowships. Applications from enrolled PhD students will not be taken into consideration.

Spring – enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowship:

CALLAPPLICATION FORREPLYEARLIEST STARTING DATE
1/2-1/3Enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowshipEnd of May1/6

Fall – enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowship:

CALLAPPLICATION FORREPLYEARLIEST STARTING DATE
30/7-30/8Enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowshipEnd of November1/12

Fully Funded PhD in the School of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University (Aarhus University PhD Vacancies)

The School of Natural Sciences was established in 2007 and is Denmark’s largest and most comprehensive school for the natural sciences. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in various fields of natural science such as biology, physics, chemistry, geology, mathematics, material science & engineering.

There are some available PhD scholarships in the School of Natural Sciences in the following different study subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geoscience
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Nanoscience
  • Physics and Astronomy

Title: GSNS application

The main criteria used in evaluating incoming applicants are their documented qualifications (composition of previous course programme, grades, publications, motivation, study periods abroad, duration of study, recommendations, etc.).

Regarding grade point average: GSNS does not have a fixed requirement for a minimum level of the grade point average. However, you can use the grade point average requirements from the Industrial PhD scheme (page 3-4) as a guideline for the approximate minimum level for PhD admission.

Secondary criteria are the scientific quality of the prepared research project for the PhD degree programme and the suitability of the research environment for such a project.

Additional aspects that can be taken into consideration include previous activities outside the university, plans for mobility during the PhD study period, plans for collaboration with external partners, plans for dissemination activities, etc. 

When assessing applicants with a Master’s degree, more weight is placed on the secondary criteria and additional aspects than for applicants without a Master’s degree.

More Details and Apply.

There are four PhD application deadlines each year, and the application system opens 2 months before each deadline. The deadlines are the same no matter if you apply via the general call or the specific call:

CALL OPEN FOR APPLICATIONSREVIEW OF APPLICATIONSDECISION INFORMED TO APPLICANTSEARLIEST START DATE*
1 December –
1 February
February – MarchEnd of March1 May
1 March – 1 MayMay – JuneEnd of June1 August
1 June – 1 AugustAugust – SeptemberEnd of September1 November
1 September –
1 November
November – December Beginning of January1 February

Academics Positions at Aarhus University

Here you can find available Postdoctoral and Research Positions at Aarhus University.


Title: Two-year postdoc on Macroecological isotopic perspectives on past novel ecosystem dynamics

Deadline: 01.03.2023

Location: The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies and the Department of Biology

Summary:

The position is for two years and is available from September 1, 2023, or soon thereafter.

This postdoc project is part of the newly established Center for Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere (ECONOVO), funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Overall, ECONOVO aims to provide critically new perspectives on the future of the biosphere. Novel ecosystems (NEs) have species compositions or abiotic conditions without historical precedent, e.g., intercontinental species invasions and extraordinary warming. NEs are spreading fast and expected to be globally dominant by the late 21st century. Key drivers are climate change, globalization, and extirpation of large-sized organisms, resulting in ecosystems deviating from anything seen for millions of years. The spread of NEs is likely to profoundly affect biosphere functioning but how so is poorly understood at present. To address this complex theme, ECONOVO will take an unparalleled, interdisciplinary approach, integrating Big Data and field-based ecology, satellite-based remote sensing, archaeology, paleoecology, and population genomics to bridge this crucial knowledge gap.

Job description

This postdoc project will be part of the ECONOVO research theme 1: Diversity Dynamics, focused on understanding biodiversity dynamics in novel ecosystems (NEs) past and present. This position is focused on isotopic niche dynamics of selected terrestrial megafauna during the Late Glacial and Early Holocene in Europe and/or Africa. The aim of this project will be first to collate relevant stable isotopic data from the literature and available databases, and then model megafaunal isotopic niche spaces comparatively and in relation to background environmental variables and key markers of ecosystem novelty, as inferred from published proxy records and/or models. The postdoc is expected to lead a systematic compilation of published stable isotope values for relevant terrestrial megafauna and to use existing modelling tools (e.g., rKIN, SIBER, nicheROVER) to assess dietary niche breadth and stability across time and space. Further, dietary niches should then be assessed in relation to the pace and nature of ecosystem novelty during these periods. Finally, the postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and lead at least two high-quality papers in this research area. It is also expected that the postdoc contributes to the project’s public outreach and teaching, as well as collaborating with other team members, including students, sharing skills, and helping solve problems in her/his area of expertise.

Your profile

Applicants must have PhD degree in ecology, geology, archaeological science, palaeoanthropology, geography or equivalent. Expertise with isotopy is expected, ideally in combination with solid skills in macroecological statistical modelling. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good command of English. International applicants who do not have English as their first language must demonstrate excellent English language writing skills and fluency.

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Title: Computational postdoc in ”Sex chromosomes, genetic conflicts and speciation in primates”

Deadline: 01.03.2023

Location: BiRC – Bioinformatics Research Center

Summary:

You have a PhD and proven research experience in PhD in either bioinformatics, molecular genetics, population genetics, statistics, or similar qualifications, population and/or statistical genomics. You will join a multi-disciplinary group, where you will contribute both new analytical frameworks and data analysis of both publicly available and in-house generated data. The data will consist of genome-wide sequencing data from many individuals from each of >200 primate species. This includes whole genome resequencing data from species that have regularly hybridized, e.g. different species of baboons, macaques and gibbons.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2–year position with the earliest start date of May 15, 2023 or as soon possible after that. 

Job description

It is flexible whether you will focus on methods development, data analysis, or both. We value independence and offer substantial latitude for you to define your own research project within the broader scope of the project.

Possibilities include, but are not restricted to

  • Contrasting X chromosome and autosomal evolution across primates, including differences in adaptive evolution and diversity and relate to breeding system
  • Developing new approaches that identify barriers to introgression in hybridising species with a specific focus on X chromosome
  • Analyse single cell transcriptomics data from testes of several primate species and develop approaches to combine this transcriptional layer with the population genetics analysis

The research group of Mikkel Heide Schierup currently include six PhD students and two post docs that all address evolutionary questions on mutation rate evolution, natural selection, and the evolution of the transcriptome using population genomics and transcriptomics data with a primary focus on primates

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in either bioinformatics, molecular genetics, population genetics, statistics, or similar qualifications. The following skills will be an advantage

  • Proven experience in handling and analysing large genomic datasets
  • Proficient knowledge of coding in R/Python and high performance cluster environments.
  • Interest in evolutionary genetics.
  • High communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills

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Title: Experimental and computational postdoc in ”Single cell analysis of testes to investigate genetic conflicts and speciation in primates”

Deadline: 01.03.2023

Location: BiRC – Bioinformatics Research Center

Summary:

You have a PhD in either bioinformatics, molecular genetics, population genetics, statistics, or similar qualifications with some experience in bioinformatics, population and/or statistical genomics. You will be responsible for setting up single-cell analysis (snRNA and scRNA as well as spatial transcriptomics) for testis samples of 16 different primate species. The current platforms are 10X chromium based as well as combinatorial barcoding (Parse bioscience approach). You will also generate libraries for sequencing and perform analysis of the ensuing data. You will join a multi-disciplinary group, which also works towards developing new analytical approaches and setting up bioinformatics pipelines.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This position is up to four years position with the earliest start date of May 15, 2023, or as soon as possible after that.

Job description

You will be responsible for setting up lab facilities for running single-cell experiments. You will design your own experiments and use this to address questions of your own choice within the overall project.

Possibilities include, but are in no way restricted to

  • Identifying differential gene expression between X and Y carrying haploid cells and how these change over primate evolution
  • Inference of differences in the molecular evolution of genes across spermatogenesis such as more positive selection in later stages
  • Inference on smallRNA evolution during spermatogenesis, specifically pachytene piRNAs
  • Identifying novel genes and their expression trajectories in spermatogenesis
  • Combine transcriptional evolution with population genetics analyses of introgression barriers in hybridizing species such as occurs in the wild between different baboon, macaque and gibbon species
  • Quantifying the quality of spermatogenesis across primates and relate that to breeding systems and fertility

The research group of Mikkel Heide Schierup currently include six PhD students and two post docs that all address evolutionary questions on mutation rate evolution, natural selection, and the evolution of the transcriptome using population genomics and transcriptomics data with a primary focus on primates

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Applicants should hold a PhD in either bioinformatics, molecular genetics, population genetics, statistics, or similar. The following skills will be an advantage

  • Proven experience in handling and analysing large genomic datasets
  • Proficient knowledge of coding in R/Python and high performance cluster environments.
  • Interest in evolutionary genetics.
  • High communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills

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Title: Postdoc Position in Global Optimization of Atomistic Structure

Deadline: 01.03.2023

Location: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Starting Date and Period:

Starting date is June 1st 2023 or sometime thereafter. Duration of the employment is two years.

Summary:

Come to Aarhus University for a two-year postdoctoral position and join a dynamic group, working on global optimization of atomistic structure. Among the methods developed in the group is GOFEE that employs Bayesian statistics to identify the most promising structural candidate among a set of candidates relaxed in a surrogate energy landscape (a machine learned potential). Another method, ASLA, constructs the structural candidates based on image recognition and reinforcement learning.

Your role would be to use these methods in search for challenging nano-scale structure in materials and surface science projects and to extend the methods with new intriguing techniques. The latter could be generative adversarial networks (GAN) or other established schemes from data science, or they could be your own new ideas that are perhaps more domain specific.

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Applicants must hold a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, nanoscience, computer science or equivalent. Previous experience with machine learning methods and/or first principles energy calculations in physical chemistry is required. Experience with programming in python is highly desired.

We offer a cutting-edge research environment where the combination of electronic structure and machine learning methods are used to further the capabilities in computational modeling.

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Title: Postdoctoral positions in Mathematics and Statistics

Deadline: 15.02.2023

Location: Department of Mathematics

Summary:

When applying, you will be asked to indicate, which – if any — of the areas listed on the page above are of interest to you. The list includes positions in Algebraic Geometry, Complex Geometry, Number Theory, as well as in Stochastic Geometry/Image analysis, and may be updated with new areas up until the deadline for application. The indicated research areas of your interest at the time of applying, does not automatically exclude you from being taken into consideration for positions in other research areas available at that time,or areas that may be added later. 

As a successful candidates you are expected to:

  • shine in individual and collaborative research,
  • either to assist groups of bachelor’s students in doing homework or
  • co-teach advanced courses relevant for your research area.

The Department of Mathematics, the city of Aarhus as well as Denmark can offer the successful candidate:

  • a positive and international work environment with a flat hierarchy,
  • a competitive salary, starting at DKK 33.800 and DKK 35.700 (euro approx. 4.500 – 4.800) + pension between DKK 5.700 and DKK 6,100 (euro approx. 770 – 820) per month – all listed amounts are before taxes are calculated. 
  • universal health insurance as a resident of Denmark, including family members officially residing in Denmark.

The applicants may upload up to ten key publications with the application. While the assessment committee will evaluate the overall scientific achievements of all shortlisted candidates, the committee can only be expected to look into individual scientific results amongst those contained in publications submitted with the application.

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