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Associate Professor/Senior researcher position in Sustainable feeding and nutrition of pigs 948485

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applications for a tenured associate professor/senior researcher position in Sustainable feeding and nutrition of pigs available from 1 June 2018. An internationally excellent applicant also has the opportunity to secure a competitive starting grant ensuring a successful start in building his/her research team.

The position
The position will strengthen and complement ongoing research in feeding and nutritional science at the Department of Animal Science. The position focuses on research into nutrition and feeding of pigs with special emphasis on digestion, metabolism and improvement of the utilization of nutrients, e.g. minerals and nitrogen that are among the current environmental challenges for the industry. The overall scope is to support a sustainable and robust animal production in a holistic regional and global context. With the perspective to improve the environment aspect of sustainability and reduce the impact of pig production on environment and climate, the research activities will include studies on e.g. feedstuff quality, feeding techniques, nutrient requirement, utilization,  excretion pathways, and the animals’ overall footprint in nutrient management in agriculture. 
Your responsibilities will include close integration with and strengthening of the current research profile of the Research unit of Animal Nutrition and Physiology. You are expected to take initiatives in interdisciplinary research together with national and international research and industry partners and to ensure external funding to establish a successful research program and your own research team. 
Collaboration and exchange of knowledge with industry and national advisory institutions are seen as a natural part of the position.
The successful applicant will participate in providing research-based consultancy to authorities on animal excretions, manure components and the development of regulatory means to substantiate a sustainable animal production. 
The candidate is expected to supervise students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels as well as young researchers and technical staff. The candidate is also expected to teach courses at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels in the area of environmental impacts of animal production.
The candidate 
Qualifications for the senior scientist or associate professor level at Aarhus University include a very strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience. 
You are expected to have a strong research profile in feeding and nutrition of pigs linked to studying sustainable environmental- and climate-friendly production.
An associate professor/senior scientist position requires demonstration of independent and novel research initiatives combined with international experience, as demonstrated by a significant number of international publications. 
You are expected to lead, collaborate and focus on cross-disciplinary research projects in central elements of the position announced. 
You are expected to have experience in and take responsibility for conducting experimental work, data analysis, publication of scientific papers and communication of scientific results to both research, authority and industry audiences.
Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here
The department of Animal Science and the research unit of Animal Nutrition and Physiology
The department has strong research units within immunology and microbiology, molecular nutrition and reproduction, animal nutrition and physiology, animal behavior and stress biology, and epidemiology and management. The department currently employs app. 40 professors and associate professors/senior scientists, 52 post docs, PhD students and visiting scientists, plus app. 100 supporting staff including lab technicians, experimental facility staff and administrative staff. The Department works in research units and teams and therefore self-leadership, clear and open communication, success in mentoring, supervising and teaching are important qualities needed to be successful in the Department. In addition, inclusion in and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment are viewed as important. 
The Department is responsible for a Master’s programme in Agrobiology, and for two double-degree programmes in Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding (EM-SANF, Erasmus Mundus), and in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (EUR-Organic). In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations, including Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Agrobiology, Agroenvironmental Management, Human Security, and Biology at Aarhus University. 
The successful applicant will be working in the Research unit of Animal Nutrition and Physiology that produces and disseminates new knowledge about domestic animals' physiological and production-related responses to nutrition and feeding through studies of the basic qualitative and quantitative digestive, absorptive and metabolic processes. Further, the aim is to identify suitable biomarkers for physiological imbalances and nutrient status in order to develop production-effective and sustainable feeding strategies covering the nutrient requirements of the animals in changing physiological stages. 
Please refer to for further information about the Department of Animal Science, for information on the research unit and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities will primarily be conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus. 
Further information on the position may be obtained from head of department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail: or head of research unit Jakob Sehested, phone: +45 8715 7893, e-mail:
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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.

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