Aarhus University (AU)

Post-doc positions in Life Cycle Assessment of Agricultural Systems

Aarhus University (AU)

Tjele, Denmark

Science and Technology, Aarhus University Foulum, is looking for dedicated candidates for one or two three-year post-doc positions at the Department of Agroecology, starting on 01-03-2020, or as soon as possible.

Research area
There is an urgent need to reduce the climate and environmental impact from our food production – both in production and consumption – in order to reach carbon neutrality in DK and EU by 2050. In our research team we have projects related to both reducing the climate and environmental impact in the food consumption moving towards climate friendly and sustainable diets, and reducing the impact in the agricultural production looking at both livestock production systems and cropping systems. We use life cycle assessment (LCA) as one of the main tools for assessing climate and environmental impact of food production, which is also the tool recommended and used by the EU for their Product Environmental Footprint (PEF). In addition to the LCA tool, we are also looking at overall flows and emissions from the systems at the farm, regional, national and product level – including impacts on biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration. Our current projects include a focus on arable crops, vegetables, agroforestry, paludicultures, alternative protein such as grass protein, alternative organic fertilizers, alternative growth substrates, livestock products such as pork, beef, eggs and milk, and feed composition and human diets.

The successful candidates will be part of our team to carry out research in this area to improve sustainability of food and farming systems in a local and global context. In particular, we work on documentation of effects and development of models and methods within this area, as well as identification of promising solutions and new production systems. The focus is on reducing the climate and environmental impact of food and farming systems.

We are looking for candidates that have a broad knowledge about agricultural and biobased production systems including the environmental impacts along the whole production chain. Moreover, good analytical and mathematical skills are required. A PhD degree within life cycle assessment is very much appreciated.

You’ll be part of a team of researchers working on sustainability of food and agricultural systems with many years of experience with life cycle assessment of food. The post-doc work will be connected to one or more of the following recently initiated research projects on sustainable and climate friendly diets (SustainOrganic), paludicultures (CANAPE), alternative growth media (BioSubstrate), alternative organic fertilizers (ClimOptic), grass protein (GreenVALLey) and carbon sequestration in grass (ClimateGrass), agroforestry (MIXED), and livestock projects focused on reducing emissions as well as a new project focused on bringing agriculture towards the vision of net zero emissions in 2050 (CIRCULAR).

Our LCA team is placed in the section of ‘Agricultural Systems and Sustainability’, where our other colleagues are working on other aspects of system research in agriculture, and dependent on the profile of the individual candidates for the post-doc position, the list of relevant projects in the department.

Required qualifications
We seek a committed and internationally oriented person, who possess the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • PhD degree in agronomy, engineering, geography or similar fields
  • Knowledge within the fields of agronomy, agroecology and food systems
  • Experience with the use of Life Cycle Assessments and/or environmental impact assessments
  • Experience with modelling and statistical calculation methods
  • Good publishing and networking skills
  • Good collaborative skill and ability to work with others in a multidisciplinary research team
  • Feel comfortable with working independently and in different cultural contexts

You must have an enthusiastic personality and possess good communication skills. Furthermore, we are looking for a responsible and social person who can contribute to a good working environment.

Research environment
Department of Agroecology carries out research in the interaction between plants, the environment, animals and humans within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. We contribute to sustainable production and growth via excellent research, policy support and teaching.
The vision of the department is to belong to the elite of research institutions concerned with agroecosystems. This may take place through creation, development and application of groundbreaking knowledge. The Department of Agroecology offers a dynamic and informal working environment with a good work-life balance.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, Postboks 50, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information on the positions may be obtained from researcher Marie Trydeman Knudsen (mariet.knudsen@agro.au.dk), or professor Tommy Dalgaard (Tommy.Dalgaard@agro.au.dk), tel. +45 2070 6132.

You can read more about the Department of Agroecology 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/

31 January 2020

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