Department of Ecoscience at Aarhus University is looking for a skilled and effective software and machine learning expert to work with bee simulation for the ‘Social-Ecological Systems Simulation Centre’
Expected start date and duration of employment
1st November 2023. Four years.
The main task will be to develop models and machine learning tools as part of the Animal Landscape and Man Simulation System (ALMaSS) applied to the main ALMaSS activity areas. The main focus for this position will be i) developing, testing and documenting ALMaSS bee simulations; ii) Developing machine learning supported calibration of ALMaSS models; iii) development of modelling for bee risk assessment of pesticides. The candidate will also be welcome to participate in other research activities (existing data or new projects) in the local research environment
We are seeking a technically qualified person to support the simulation modelling developments. The applicant must have a strong background in simulation modelling and programming, ideally with ALMaSS experience. Proficiency in programming, including object-oriented paradigms is essential as is experience with machine learning and simulation modelling. The ability to work and communicate well as part of a team is essential and a scientific background in physics, engineering, computer science, or ecology is expected.
Who we are
The Department of Ecoscience is engaged in research programs, teaching curricula and advisory work covering the major biological sub-disciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many PhD students.
This position will strengthen the capacity of Social-Ecological Systems Simulation centre (SESS) at Ecoscience (https://projects.au.dk/sess/ ). SESS develops agent-based system simulation models to predict impacts of management of landscapes, both agricultural and natural across Europe. The research team includes software engineers, ecologists, ecotoxicologists, and GIS specialists, and is distributed over a number of European countries.
The successful applicant will join the core Danish team, which leads the software design and development of the simulation software and its application in risk assessment and policy-related landscape management, and be responsible for scientific administration related to the centre and its research projects
What we offer
The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with elite international university partners and with the Danish Ministry of the Environment.
The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. The Department has a strong work-life balance policy and seeks a good gender and age balance. Read more about the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.
Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is C.F. Møllers Allé 8, DK-8000, Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments, but remote working is also possible.
For further information, please contact: Professor Chris Topping, +45 87158845, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received no later than 17th of April 2023.
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.
Letter of reference
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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.
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: 2023-04-17 at 23:59
Unit: Department of Ecoscience – Biodiversity and Conservation – Faculty: Technical Sciences
Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.
Post expires on Monday April 17th, 2023
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