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Postdoc in Mitigation of Emissions from Livestock Production 958158

Postdoc in Mitigation of Emissions from Livestock Production

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join two related new research projects on 1) Mitigation of Gaseous Emissions from Dairy Barns by Acidification and 2) Mitigation of Gaseous Emissions from Pig Facilities by means of Urease Inhibition.

The position is available from 1st April 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description/research project/research area

You are expected to contribute to several interconnected activities: Development of a new method for quantification of methane by cavity ring-down spectroscopy, application of stable isotope patterns for understanding sources of emissions of methane and CO2 in livestock buildings, investigating effects of acidification and mechanisms of microbial inhibition, application of state-of-the art proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry for characterizing emissions. Both projects will address environmentally relevant gases such as ammonia, methane, volatile sulfur compounds and volatile organic compounds. The project activities is expected to lead to new recommendations and methods for mitigating gaseous emissions from livestock production facilities. The Post Doc to be hired will be involved in experimental studies in laboratory scale and in pilot scale in a unique livestock emission facility. Furthermore, the Post Doc will be involved in collecting data from full-scale practice.

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Applicants should hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biological Engineering, Microbiology, Agronomy or equivalent.

Competences of the successful applicant:
•    Experience with experimental research, application of state-of-the-art measurement methods for gas emissions, and handling of complex data sets
•    Experience on livestock emissions and emission mitigation is seen as an advantage
•    Experience on chemistry and/or microbiology of liquid waste is seen as an advantage
•    A documented ability to have scientific results  of high quality published in peer-reviewed journals
•    The ability to carry out research in a structured and systematic manner  and with a high degree of independence
•    Very good English skills – written and oral

Who we are/ The department

Biological and Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area. It includes disease and health, materials, environmental technologies, biorefining, energy technologies and food and ingredient technology. The research at the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Department of Engineering is based on both theoretical and experimental methods, and include the design, development, operation, monitoring, control, and optimisation of chemical, physical and biological processes. Department of Engineering holds a special position of international strength in scientific activities related to biogas energy, biorefining, agricultural emissions, lipid technology, polymer and membrane technology, protein engineering and biosynthesis. In addition, the Biological and Chemical Engineering section conducts public sector consultancy on agricultural challenges such as Air Quality Engineering and Biorefining.  The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section is part of the Science and Technology Faculty Interdisciplinary Centre WATEC (water treatment technologies), CBIO (circular bioeconomy), iFOOD (food technology), iMAT (advanced materials), iLIFE (biophysics and imagining), iClimate (climate change).
The Post Doc will be part of the Air Quality Engineering Research group, which has a leading position in the area of agricultural emissions and emission mitigation.

The place of work is Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus N, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information
about the position may be obtained from Associate Professor Anders Feilberg, Phone +45 3089 6099, E-mail

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. 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.

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