Post doc position in sperm whale acoustic communication

The marine bioacoustics lab at Aarhus University seeks a bioacoustician with strong analytical skills to analyse tag and array data on sperm whale coda communication.


Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 26 month position from 1/7/2023 or as soon possible thereafter.

Job description

  • You will be working primarily with multisensor tag data to address the functionality of sperm whale coda communication in a behavioural context.
  • The position will focus on aspects of/elements of how these communication sounds are used to mediate behavioural transitions.
  • You will be involved in independent discrete time series analysis of acoustic tag and array data.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in bioacoustics or similar research fields, and have extensive experience in high-level data analysis.

Programming skills in Matlab or similar are important.

Experience with deployment of acoustic tags on whales is an advantage, but not a must.

We seek candidates with a proven track-record of independent publication experience.

Who we are

The department of Biology currently consists of approximately 50 Faculty members, 50 technical staff and about 45 post docs

The Marine Bioacoustics lab consists of 8 post docs, 2 PhD students, 2 masters students and 4 BSc students. We strive to be the best bioacoustics laboratory in the world.
Read more about the lab here:

What we offer

The Marine Bioacoustics lab offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.


Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is build 1131, C.F. Møllers Alle 3, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Professor Peter T. Madsen,+45 51778771


Applications must be received no later than April 10th, 2023.

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 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.

Deadline: 2023-04-10 at 23:59
Unit: Department of Biology – Zoophysiology
Phone: +4551778771

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Monday April 10th, 2023