Aarhus University (AU)

Post doc position in organic matter, C storage and soil quality in arable soil

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Foulum, Denmark, is offering a Postdoctoral position in organic matter, C storage and soil quality in arable soil, starting 01.01.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be based at the Soil Physics and Hydropedology Section, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Foulum. The position is available for a 4-year period.

The successful candidate will work on two projects “Dairy Crop Rotations as a Climate Change Mitigation Measure (ClimateGrass)” funded by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, and “European Joint Program on Agricultural Soils (EJP SOIL)” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The ClimateGrass project is aimed at developing dairy crop rotations as a cost-effective measure for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, including assessment of soil C storage in ley-arable rotations. The EJP SOIL project is aimed at developing and implementing climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to research-based public sector consultancy on nitrogen and C management in the Department.

In ClimateGrass and EJP SOIL, you will work experimentally with assessment of soil C storage exploiting archived soil samples as well as samples taken from running experiments. This includes quantification of above- and belowground biomass, soil bulk density and C concentration. You will also deal with aspects of soil quality such as soil structural stability.We expect you to communicate your findings in high-impact scientific journals.

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has

  • A PhD in agronomy, biology or similar
  • A genuine interest in sustainable management of agricultural soil
  • Collaborative skills
  • Fondness in taken initiative and the ambition to pursue a scientific career
  • Documented ability to write scientific articles

Further, we will prefer candidates with a majority of the following professional skills:
  • Experience with assessment of changes in soil organic carbon stocks
  • Experience with field experiments, soil sampling and laboratory soil measurements
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Experience with research-based public sector consultancy within the agricultural sector

Work environment
You will be integrated in a group of leading soil scientists involved in interdisciplinary research collaborations both nationally and internationally. Mentors will be Jørgen Eriksen (jorgen.eriksen@agro.au.dk) and Lars J. Munkholm (lars.munkholm@agro.au.dk), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. You can read more about the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University at http://agro.au.dk/en/

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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 Finance 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 Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

17 November 2019

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