Professor in Nutrient Cycling in Agro-ecosystems

Professor in Nutrient Cycling in Agro-ecosystems

Aarhus University (AU)

Tjele, Denmark

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University is looking for a dedicated professor responsible within the research area of nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems. The position is available from 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position aims to strengthen ongoing activities in the Soil Fertility section. The research in this section targets the interaction among plant growth, soil fertility and the bio-geochemically mediated turnover of nutrients, and carbon in agricultural soils.

The duties of the professor will be basic and strategic research in the subject of nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems with particular emphasis on the grassland component. The professorship involves theoretically and experimentally based research in the processes of plant nutrient transformations in soils of temperate agro-ecosystems. The development of concepts, which promote nutrient-use efficiency and ecosystem productivity as well as mitigate negative environmental impacts, is a focal point. Furthermore, the professorship is expected to consolidate and extend the strong position of the department in national and international research activities with an emphasis on attracting competitive, international research funding.

The professor’s main tasks will be to conduct research, including scientific publication and communication within the above academic field, to perform research-based teaching (at BSc, MSc and PhD level) and participate in examinations, promote fundraising within the research area and participate in knowledge transfer with society and public at large. The Faculty of Science and Technology also requires the professor to develop the academic field in relation to research and education.

Besides research and education, the professor is expected to conduct and lead policy support. The subject area of the professorship is a main field of the department’s national public sector consultancy serving the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. Also internationally, the subject area of the professorship is a key public sector consultancy area, involving the European Union or other international organisations or bodies.

The professor is expected to participate in knowledge transfer to society, lead a research section, promote fundraising, participate in post-doctoral training, take responsibility for supervision of assistant professors, provide guidance of students, and participate in assessment of them.

Successful candidates
You are expected to:

  • Be responsible for the development of the research area and implementation of basic and applied research
  • Establish synergies between your own research and other related research activities to secure the needed interdisciplinary approaches
  • Maintain a strong national and international network of contacts with leading research groups, as well as pursuing industrial contacts within the agro-industry
  • Support the development of comprehensive, research-based teaching activities and participate in assessments of students at bachelor, master, and PhD levels
  • Be responsible for effective knowledge exchange with society, industry and government
  • Successfully attract external research grants from industry and other sources
  • Develop and contribute to relevant educational courses at PhD, master, and bachelor level
  • Participate in MSc, PhD and post-doctoral training and be responsible for the educational guidance of assistant professors/postdocs.

Qualifications required
The successful candidate must possess relevant, academic qualifications and a proven record of scientific achievements at international level. Further professional and personal qualifications are emphasized:
  • PhD degree or equivalent qualifications within agriculture and sustainable resource management
  • Documented research qualifications and experience as an international research leader in relation to central parts of the research area
  • Experience in communicating wide-context research
  • Ability to strengthen national and international cooperation within the research area
  • Documented ability to attract research funding
  • Documented experience with supervision of postdocs, PhD, and MSc students
  • Documented teaching experience
  • Documented leadership skills in relation to international collaboration and development of interdisciplinary research teams

The Department of Agroecology
The Department of Agroecology is part of the faculty Science and Technology, Aarhus University and includes research across agro-ecology, that is to say the interaction among plants, animals, humans, and the environment within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and bio-based products. We contribute to sustainable production and growth via excellent research, advice, and teaching. The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff, 100 PhD students and postdocs, and approx. 100 technical/administrative staff. Furthermore, we have a number of students and guests each year contributing to an international research environment.

The Department of Agroecology is responsible for a bachelor programme Agrobiology, and a master programme in AgroEnvironmental Management, taught at AU, Denmark. In addition, department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations. Staff also teach on a number of other educations offered at other Universities in Denmark and China.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Agroecology and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

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

For further information, please contact Head of Department Erik Steen Kristensen, phone: +45 20910371, email:

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
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.

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.

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

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Aarhus University
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12. maj 2019

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