Four-year Researcher Position in regulation and human geography of agro-food systems

Four-year Researcher Position in regulation and human geography of agro-food systems

Aarhus University (AU)

8830 Tjele, Denmark

Science and Technology, Aarhus University Foulum, is looking for dedicated candidates for a four-year position as Researcher or Assistant Professor at the Department of Agroecology, starting on 01-09-2019.

Research area
The successful candidate will be part of a team which carries out and disseminates research in improving the sustainability of different farming and food systems in local and global contexts. The team is also carrying out consultancy for the Danish government, which will form an important field of work, particularly concerning agro-environmental governance. The focus is on the balance between production efficiency, competitiveness, impacts on nature and environment, and contribution to the vitality of rural areas. Important areas of investigation include the organisation of food systems, including conditions for sustainable agricultural production, farm-level decision making, how appropriate regulation can contribute to sustainable land use and sustainable food systems, as well as how social and geographical factors influence the development of food systems. The primary work methods are empirical studies, case studies and studies on social and material systems developments on various scales, including the farm, landscape, food chain and national levels. Our work also focuses on the special conditions that apply in organic systems.

The successful candidate will take part in international projects such as SoilCare and Tools2Sea (financed via the BONUS programme). In addition, the successful candidate will collaborate with national research projects including ProvenanceDK (funded by the Danish Innovation Foundation), and relevant projects with evaluation of policy measures and programs in relation to rural development, sustainable agriculture and biobased economy. Finally, the successful candidate will also be part of the teaching staff on courses on bachelor- and master level, as well as PhD courses, and will take part in PhD supervision. The candidate must show a strong ability to formulate new research projects, including collaboration with business partners.

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

  • PhD degree in agronomy, agroecology, geography, sociology or similar fields
  • Knowledge within the fields of agroecology, geography, sociology and planning
  • Experience with the use and deployment of qualitative research methods
  • Experience with mixed methods
  • Strong background for working with research-based advice of public bodies
  • Teaching experience
  • Good publishing and networking skills
  • The ability to develop research objectives, conceptualize ideas and create hypotheses
  • Good collaborative skill and ability to work with others in a multidisciplinary research team setting
  • Feel comfortable with working independently and in different cultural contexts
  • A proven record of research publications in peer-reviewed international journals

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.

Research at Department of Agroecology contributes to a wide range of subjects related to the development of sustainable agriculture. The department’s overall objective 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 position may be obtained from professor Tommy Dalgaard (, tel. +45 8715 7746.

You can read more about the Department of Agroecology at

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. 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 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.

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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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at


30 April 2019

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