Applicants are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Ecoscience programme. The position is available from 1 October 2023 or later. Title: Impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems around Greenland

Research area and project description: This PhD project located at the Department of Ecoscience seeks to study the effects of climate change on coastal marine ecosystems in Greenland.

The physical conditions defining the boundaries of ecosystems are undergoing rapid changes in the Arctic. Although there is a growing understanding of changes in ecosystems on a pan-arctic scale, some regions of the marine Arctic, including vast stretches of the Greenland coast, remain poorly studied.

The project aims at characterizing climate change and associated trends in coastal and marine ecosystems across different regions of Greenland in order to better understand the variability in the responses of Greenland marine ecosystems to climate drivers across time and space.

The project will apply remote sensing techniques to assess changes in climate- and environmental conditions at small, meso- and large scale, and will use various existing long-term data sets and new data, including data generated in the project, to analyse trends and characterize structure and function of benthic and pelagic ecosystems, Project description.

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Qualifications and specific competences:

Applicants must have a relevant MSc degree in ecology or biology and have graduated before the application deadline.

Applicants must have experience with remote sensing analyses and a strong willingness to further develop skills in spatial analyses and working with big data. Coding and data handling in R or Python will be essential to the project, and experience with these is an advantage. Experience with Arctic marine fieldwork is highly desirable.

Place of employment and place of work: The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is C.F. Møllers Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Contacts: Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Professor Mikael Kristian Sejr,

How to apply:

Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 31 July 2023 at 23:59 CEST. Preferred starting date is 01 October 2023.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

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. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.  

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