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Academic Employee - wheat project

In the Section of Crop Genetics and Biotechnology, Department of Agroecology, AU-Flakkebjerg, a position as Academic Employee (AC-TAP) will be available from February 1st 2021 – December 31st 2022.

Area of work
The work tasks will be to assist in experimental investigations of the physiology and molecular biology of grain protein content in wheat. The aim of the work is to establish genetic markers and to characterize the genetic basis for differences in the grain protein trait among cultivars. The work will take place in close collaboration with Danish wheat breeding companies and SEGES. It will involve both field trials for phenotyping of cultivars and molecular laboratory work for genotyping.

The position will be within the Section of Crop Genetics and Biotechnology, AU-Flakkebjerg, that holds competences in and facilities for molecular biology, genetic transformation, molecular genetics, and biochemistry in crop plants.


  • Relevant education from a university or an academic institution.
  • A PhD degree (or equivalent experience) in plant molecular biology or related areas.
  • Experience in bioinformatics, genotyping using molecular markers, and gene expression analysis.
  • Applicants having experience with physiology and molecular biology of cereals, in particular wheat, will be preferred.
  • The project will involve a large degree of collaboration with external partners and we therefore seek a person with strong collaboration skills.

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 the Department of Agroecology, AU-Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200, Slagelse, Denmark.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Senior Researcher Per L. Gregersen, tel: +45 8715 8246, e-mail:

Formalities and salary range
Salary and terms as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.

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

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

22 November 2020


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