PhD in Socio-economic foundations for soil health: Applicants are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Agroecology programme. The position is available from 1 October 2023 or later. Title: PhD in Socio-economic foundations for soil health

Research area and project description: Would you like to be part of an engaged team, that works with the social and political foundations for the green transition of agriculture and food production? We offer an interesting PhD position in a dynamic and multicultural environment, where you have the opportunity to design a dissertation in a close collaboration with researchers, stakeholders and farmers.

The PhD is a part of the European research project SoilValues (Enhancing Soil health through values-based business models and you will join the project team with an exciting international and interdisciplinary research environment and industrial collaborators. We seek a highly motivated PhD student who will explore the governance and organization of agri-food value chains as a basis for improving the delivery of ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration and other relevant dimensions of soil health.

SoilValues aims to improve the conditions for developing successful soil health business models in which are land managers are rewarded when making production decisions that result in higher levels of soil-based ecosystem services as well as the non-marketed services they generate.

In order for such business models to function, three important conditions need to be fulfilled: (1) the outcomes of SES need to be measured, thus requiring knowledge, indicators and models, (2) the data and information generated by these indicators and models need to be exchanged to facilitate monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), and (3) all these activities should be governed by an appropriate institutional framework consisting of the necessary legislation, standards and incentive schemes.

You will be employed in the section for agriculture and sustainability, where we through a series of national and international projects investigate the foundations for developing future sustainable food production through targeted regulation, development of sustainable business models as well as a better integration of stakeholders’ perspectives on landscape management.

In general, we work with systems analysis based on qualitative and quantitative data, case studies and comparative studies of different initiatives, politics, and strategies across countries in Europe. An important ambition for this work is to advise decision-makers at local, national, and international level about the opportunities and barriers for advancing the green transition through the implementation of new production technologies, regulatory initiatives, and decision-support tools.

For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Please simply copy the project description above and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences: We expect that you hold a relevant Master’s degree. Candidates with background in agroecology, anthropology, political science, social science, environmental science, geography and landscape planning are preferred.

You should:

  • have good communication skills both in oral and written English
  • be able to write scientific publications
  • be able to work independently but also in collaboration with other students and staff
  • be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary international academic environment

We expect that you will be an active part of the research environment and that you will contribute positively to the social working environment of the department.

Place of employment and place of work: The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele

Contacts: Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

How to apply:

Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 2 August 2023 at 23:59 CEST. Preferred starting date is 1 October 2023.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

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. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.  

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