PhD Stipend in Spatial Optimization Planning for EU River Restoration
At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and
Bioscience, a PhD stipend is available within the doctoral programme
Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The PhD stipend is
open for appointment from 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position is for 3 years. The Department consists of two sections with
research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering,
Environmental Technology and Biology. Place of employment of the position is
Section for Bioscience and Engineering in Aalborg. The Section of Bioscience
and Engineering consists of 90 people of which about 30 is associate- and full
professors. The section's conducts internationally competitive research within
a range of topics within Biology and Biotechnology and publishes more than 100
peer reviewed publications annually. The section is responsible for the
educations in Biology, Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology and Environmental
Science and is mostly located in Aalborg, but also conducts research and
teaching at Esbjerg Campus.
The new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 is a core part of the European Green
Deal which aims at protecting nature and reversing the degradation of
ecosystems based on a long-term plan. Among other specific actions and
commitments, the Biodiversity Strategy calls for greater efforts to restore
freshwater ecosystems, acknowledging that freshwater ecosystems and their
biodiversity and ecosystem services keep declining at an alarming rate despite
great efforts taken such as under the EU Water Framework Directive.
Specifically, the Biodiversity Strategy sets the target to make at least
25,000 km of rivers free-flowing by 2030 by removing obsolete barriers and
restoring floodplains and wetlands across Europe.
The aim of this PhD project is to develop a generally applicable workflow to
prioritize the removal of barriers along river corridors, considering
different targets such as reconnected river length, freshwater biodiversity
health, floodplain and wetland habitat provision, and cost-effectiveness and
to test the workflow at different spatial and jurisdictional scales in Europe.
The project will be embedded in an international team-setting, benefitting
from additional guidance by experts from Germany and Spain.
To fill this position, a relevant educational background within ecology or
conservation biology, preferably with a focus on freshwater systems, is
necessary. Furthermore, documented competences in using the programming
languages R/Python, command line scripting, statistical modelling of
freshwater biodiversity, preferably species distribution modelling, working
with geographic information systems ArcGIS/QGIS, and writing scientific
articles in English are considered an advantage.
The application must contain:
Cover letter of 1-2 pages describing the motivation for applying and an
account of the applicant's background in relation to the announced
Project description, which is required for technical reasons – in this
case, where you apply for a specific project, you may upload a copy of the
project description above
Diploma and transcripts of records
Other relevant information.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their
personal background. We value diversity and see it as a strength.
We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good
working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a
culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new
initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As
an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research
environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as
well as interdisciplinary collaborations
For further information about scientific aspects of the stipend, please
contact Associate Professor Simone D. Langhans by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and
teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and
chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of
society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent,
collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.
At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual
researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with
a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new
technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and
engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for
Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering,
as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg
and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of
department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the
secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.
PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD
stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for
allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student
at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the
regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD
Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational
Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD
student shall be assessed at regular points in time.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for
applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment
committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be
informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues
concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt,
The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:
email@example.com phone: +45 9940 7408.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:
The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online"
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from
all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.
Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of
Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in
Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of
11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.
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