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4-year research position related to agriculture and nutrient leaching 969447

The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, is seeking candidates for a four-year research position related to agriculture and nutrient leaching. The position is available from June 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department is looking for a person who may qualify for a permanent position at expiry of employment.

Department of Bioscience
The Department of Bioscience has 415 employees of which 332 are permanent employees and the majority of the remaining employees are PhD students and postdocs. The Department’s research areas cover most aspects of biology, spanning all biological levels from genes, physiological processes, individuals, populations and species to entire ecosystems. Strategic and applied research account for a large part of the research activities at the Department of Bioscience. The Department carries out public sector consultancy and research assignments on the environmental impact of agriculture. The Department is nationally leading and internationally recognized in the field of catchment analysis. Catchment analysis is particularly conducted through various types of models that have in common the fact that they are based on solid knowledge and description of agricultural conditions.

The Department of Bioscience is in charge of the Scientific Data Centre for Nutrient Leaching from Cultivated Areas, which is linked to land monitoring activities in the National Monitoring Program of the Environment and Nature. Through land monitoring, cultivation data are collected annually, and the concentration and nutrient losses are measured just under the root zone, in drainage water and streams in six small catchments dominated by small farms.

Work with agricultural monitoring and agricultural data takes place at several levels:

  • i) Land monitoring is carried out at a very detailed level, and internationally unique time series have been collected since 1990. Land monitoring follows agricultural implementation of measures as well as their effect on nutrient release into the aquatic environment. The Scientific Data Centre prepares an annual report on the development and status of the activities in land monitoring.
  • ii) At a national level, register data are collected, processed and analysed to get a picture of Danish agriculture as a whole.
  • iii) At an international level, the Department of Bioscience has a long-standing collaboration with the Nordic and Baltic countries on similar monitoring activities and internationally oriented publications. In addition, we have contributed to describing agricultural practices and calculating nitrogen loss from the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Through monitoring agriculture and agricultural data, great knowledge has been gained on utilization and loss of nutrients, regulation of agriculture, as well as knowledge about measures and their potential and effect on nutrient losses. This knowledge has been used continuously for public sector consultancy, i.e. reports, preparations for implementation of aquatic environmental plans and water plans, as well as evaluations of the effects of aquatic environment plans and the latest Food and Agriculture Package.

We wish to appoint a researcher who can be associated with the Scientific Data Centre for Nutrient Leaching from Cultivated Areas and included in the research on agriculture and nutrient leaching.

We are looking for a researcher in the field of agriculture and environment who is interested in the basis for regulating agriculture’s utilization of nutrients and has an interest in data processing. We require someone who has thorough knowledge of the subject matter and is detail oriented. We prefer applicants with the following additional qualifications:
  • Knowledge on and experience with practical farming
  • Research-based knowledge of nutrient dynamics, including transportation of nutrients from cultivated soil to the aquatic environment
  • Working experience with SAS/R+
  • Experience with/interest in modelling
  • Strong collaborative skills
  • Proficiency in both oral and written communication

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 applicant to specify periods of e.g. parental leaves without research activities. These time periods will be subtracted from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. We wish to recruit the best qualified candidate applying a broad perspective on competencies relevant to all aspects of the position and with a focus on collaborative skills.

Place of work
for the present Vejlsøvej 25, 8600 Silkeborg (Jutland), Denmark

Further information
For further information, please contact Head of section Gitte Blicher-Mathiesen (e-mail: telephone: +45 8715 8769) or Head of section Hans Estrup Andersen (e-mail telephone +45 8715 8768).

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. (in Danish). (

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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here. (

All applications must be made online and received by: 23.04.2018


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