The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is offering a postdoctoral position in in grain legume related C and N cycling in agroecosystems, starting 01-05-2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a 3-year period.
You will be part of a research environment focusing on climate and water. You will be contributing to the projects “Fresh grain legumes for human consumption – GrainLegsGo” funded through the OrganicRDD program (Ministry of Environment and Food) and the “Legume-cereal intercropping for sustainable agriculture across Europe – LEGUMINOSE”, as well as related projects. The main focus of your position will be to optimize, develop and document grain legume cropping within organic farming to improve climate and production services.
We expect that you will be an important part of the research environment and that you will contribute positively to the social working environment. We also expect that you will take part in our teaching activities and that you will report research results in high-impact scientific journals.
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has
- A PhD in agroecology, agronomy, applied biology, soil science or similar related to studies of agricultural production systems or similar
- Collaborative skills
- A fondness of taking the initiative and the motivation to pursue a scientific career
- Documented experience in scientific writing and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Research experience in some of the areas of organic cropping systems
- Experience in planning and conducting laboratory work within grain legumes and nitrogen-fixing bacteria (diazotrophs) interactions, effect of management to improve N2 fixation in legume plants and with analyzes of biological nitrogen fixation (plant nodulation, physiological characteristics and isotope dilution method
Further, we will prefer candidates with some of the following qualifications:
- Teaching and supervision experience at the BSc and MSc level
- Interest and preferably experience in developing competitive national and international research applications
- Experience in planning and conducting field-work
- Experience with in situ isotope-based methods for plant-soil C and N cycling, controlled laboratory experiments to study C and N fate in soil
Who we are
At the Department of Agroecology, our main goal is to contribute to sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems within the areas of soil, plants, animals, humans, and the environment. We want to make a difference by contributing to both fundamental knowledge generation and the attainment of sustainable production systems via state-of-the-art research, contracted policy advice, and education. We offer innovative laboratories, greenhouses, semi-field, and field-scale research facilities, advanced computing capacities as well as an extensive national and international researcher network. The department consists of eight research sections with around 270 highly dedicated employees, of which approximately 50% are scientific staff.
What we offer
- An informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism, where accountability, commitment, helpfulness, flexibility, and close collaboration is a prerequisite solving the core tasks
- A good social environment with activities and routines that make it possible to talk across and strengthen the inclusive relationship, and where mutual trust, respect, kindness, and professional sparring are emphasized
- A flexible workplace with a good work-life balance
- An exciting and varied working environment, where two days rarely resemble each other. We are often busy, and we work creatively for solutions to societal challenges
- Subsidized preschool child care and a free education system from primary school up to university level
- Universal health insurance as a resident of Denmark, including family members officially residing in Denmark
- Five weeks paid holiday per year
- In connection with childbirth: the right to have a total of 52 weeks shared maternal/paternal leave with full or partial salary pay
Place of Work
The place of work is Aarhus University, Campus Viborg, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele. The affiliation will be with the Department of Agroecology.
More information can be obtained from Jim Rasmussen (Jim.Rasmussen@agro.au.dk)
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.
Letter of reference
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Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.
Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences 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).
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
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.
Questions about the position?
Jim Rasmussen Senior Researcher, Department of Agroecology – Climate and Water +4593522699 firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about application and proces?
Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – Nat-Tech HR nat-tech.HR.email@example.com
Deadline: Wednesday 30 Nov 2022 at 23:59 CET