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Three-year postdoc position - pig behaviour and welfare

At the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University a three-year postdoc position is available starting on March 1, 2021, or soon after.

The position
We seek a candidate with a strong background in behaviour and welfare of farm animals and with an interest for exploitation of the results for innovation within the pig sector. The candidate will be involved in investigations aiming to design functional zones in an outdoor area for organic pigs to improve welfare and reduce ammonia emission from the outdoor area. The candidate will in addition be involved in several EU research and innovation projects aiming at validating the use of automated measures of feeding, drinking and play behaviour for animal welfare and affective states in pigs. The candidate may be asked to contribute to the teaching performed by our group. The candidate When the projects involve students, the candidate is also expected to take part in supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students within the research area. Collaboration with farmers, private companies and researcher from universities within EU is part of the assignment.


  • Academic qualifications at PhD level in applied ethology, veterinary medicine, animal science, biology or related field
  • Documentation of excellent skills within the research area
  • Extensive experience in data handling and data analysis is considered a merit
  • Good skills in communication of research results internationally as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in supervising students and teaching at a high academic level will also be a merit

Further information on the position may be obtained from professor Lene Juul Pedersen, phone: +45 51162822, e-mail: or professor Jan Tind Sørensen e-mail

Place of employment and place of work
The place of employment is Aarhus University (AU) and the place of work is the Department of Animal Science, Science and Technology, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele.

Department of Animal Science (ANIS)
The mission of ANIS is to perform basic, strategic and applied research and innovation within the department’s core activities: nutrition, health and welfare. The activities make up the science-based foundation of ANIS’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. The successful applicant will be placed in the Research Unit Nutrition.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Animal Science, to for information on the research unit and to and for information on the faculty of Technical Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

Application procedure
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
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
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). 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.

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 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.

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

Deadline: 17 January 2021


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