Aarhus University (AU)

Post doc position in soil microbial physiology related to C and N turnover in agroecosystems

Aarhus University (AU)

Tjele, Denmark

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Foulum, Denmark, is offering a Postdoctoral position in soil microbial physiology related to C and N turnover in arable soil, starting 01.02.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be based at the Soil Fertility Section, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Foulum.

The position is available for a 2-year period. The successful candidate will mainly work on the two projects “Catch crops for carbon capture (CatCap)” funded by the ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and “Mitigating Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions by improved pH management of soils (MAGGE-pH)” funded by Innovation Fund Denmark under the EU FACCE ERA-GAS program. The candidate will also work on tasks related a national Danish soil carbon inventory including deep soil layers. The overall aim of the new CatCap project is to quantify the potential of catch crops to sequester C and reduce nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural cropping systems. The aim of the ongoing MAGGE-pH project is to develop novel approaches to reduce N2O emissions from agricultural soils, including characterization of the effects of pH manipulations on functional metabolic and physiological diversity of soil microorganisms. 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 microbiology, microbial ecology or similar related to studies of agricultural soil
  • Experience in studies of chemical plant quality, including roots, in relation to mineralization
  • Excellence in methods in soil microbiology such as enzyme assays and physiological profiling
  • Experience in studies of controls of soil CO2 and N2O emissions at field and laboratory scale
  • Experience in studies of C and N transformations in deep soil agroecosystems
  • Documented teaching experience and scientific communicative skills
  • Documented ability to write scientific articles
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Collaborative skills and ambition to pursue a scientific career

Further, we prefer candidates with a majority of the following professional skills:
  • Experience with assessment of pH effects on microbial processes in agricultural soils
  • Experience with method development and optimization
  • Experience with multiple-sample soil respiration systems

Work environment
You will be integrated in a group of leading soil scientists involved in interdisciplinary research collaborations both nationally and internationally. Mentor will be Lars Elsgaard (lars.elsgaard@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/

30. november 2019

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