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Three-year postdoc position in herd health management with focus on dairy herds 949830

At the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, a postdoc position is available starting on March 1, 2018
We seek a candidate with a strong background in herd health management in cattle herds and a profound interest in the growing field of precision dairy farming research. Important focus areas will be 1) production and health in calves and young stock and 2), how to exploit the growing amount of data collected in modern dairy production for early detection of herd level health and production problems, development of preventive health measures and minimization of medication. The preferred candidate has experience in analysing animal health, welfare and production data obtained in observational studies and/or from databases with routinely collected data from private herds. The main tasks in the position are 1) designing and analysing observational data collected in commercial dairy and specialised feedlot herds and 2) developing management tools for improving dairy herd health management aiming at exploiting the growing amount of routinely collected data in modern dairy and slaughter calf production.  The chosen candidate is further expected to join and develop ongoing research within the research group in Epidemiology and Management. The candidate is expected to take part in supervision of students at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels.
• Experience in data handling and epidemiology 
• Experience in cattle herd health research
• Academic qualifications at PhD level in veterinary medicine, animal science, biology or related field
• Documentation of excellent skills within the research area
• 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
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.   

Further information on the position may be obtained from Professor Jan Tind Sørensen, phone: +45 87157923, 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 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, 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. 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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