Post doc position in managing soil structure for climate mitigation and adaptation
The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Foulum, Denmark, is offering a Postdoctoral position in managing soil structure for climate mitigation and adaptation, starting 15-11-2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be based at the Soil Physics and Hydropedology Section, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Foulum. The position is available for a 3-year period.
The successful candidate will work on CarbonFarm2 and Solgras funded by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and EJP SOIL (European Joint Program on Agricultural Soils) projects on soil management impact on climate mitigation and adaptation funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. CarbonFarm2 aims at reducing the carbon footprint of arable farming using conservation agriculture, Soilgras at optimizing field traffic for grass harvest and limit impact on the environment. The EJP SOIL projects are aimed at developing and implementing climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to research-based public sector consultancy on soil management and climate mitigation and adaptation in the Department.
In CarbonFarm2, Solgras and the EJP SOIL projects, you will work experimentally with assessment of soil structural properties related to risk of nitrous oxide emission and the resilience and robustness of soils towards climate hazards. This includes quantification of gas and water flow properties, water retention and soil mechanical properties for soils with different management (tillage, traffic, residues, cover crops and rotations). It also includes the use of advanced X-ray CT technology for quantification of soil structural properties. We expect you to communicate your findings in high-impact scientific journals.
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has
•A PhD in soil science or similar (or is expected to obtain a PhD degree in the near future)
•A genuine interest in sustainable management of agricultural soil in a climate mitigation and adaptation perspective
•Fondness in taken initiative and the ambition to pursue a scientific career
•Documented ability to write scientific articles
Further, we will prefer candidates with a majority of the following professional skills:•Experience with soil management impact on soil structure
•Experience with field experiments, soil sampling and laboratory soil measurements
•Experience with statistical analysis
The Department of Agroecology
At the Department of Agroecology we study interactions between soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment in different agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, biomaterials and energy. Thus, we contribute 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 state-of-the-art laboratory, green house, semi-field and field scale research facilities, advanced computing capacities as well as an extensive national and international researcher network. The department has a staff of approximately 275 people including 56 senior academics, 37 junior researchers and postdocs as well as 56 PhD students. More information can be found here.
The Department of Agroecology offers •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 collegial relationship, and where mutual trust, respect, kindness and professional sparring are emphasized
•A flexible workplace with good work-life balance
•Possibility of membership of staff association, access to gym and free fruit scheme
•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
Place of employment and place of work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Blichers Allé 20, 8850 Tjele, Denmark.
Further information on the position may be obtained from Lars J. Munkholm (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mathieu Lamandé (email@example.com), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.
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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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). 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.
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. 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.
Deadline 10 September 2021