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Postdoc in Operations Optimization in Smart Farming 980283

Aarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Engineering is inviting applications for a vacancy as two-year Post-Doc in Operations Optimization in smart farming. The scientific work relates mainly to a number of projects that deals with machine optimization, logistic and route planning for various types of operations and is associated with the Center for Smart Farming.

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

Job description
The postdoctoral project will focus on development of automated information and management tools that help farmers achieve optimal machine operations in terms of driving pattern, in-field and inter-field logistics, scheduling, etc.
The main tasks include:
  1. Developing simulation models of material application (e.g. fertilizer) supporting multiple machines.
  2. Developing infield route optimization algorithms to optimize driving patterns and logistics for transporting material to and into the field as well as to reduce the risk of soil compaction based on input information such as the soil characteristics, field shape, nutrient requirements of the crop and the nutrient content of the applied material.
  3. Integration of algorithms into ICT/IoT systems developed by project partners.
  4. Validation and feasibility of the developed tool through full-scale field experiments and simulations, etc.
Research area include
  • Implementation of relevant smart modelling and optimisation techniques for agricultural machine operations systems.
  • Integrate optimisation systems with modern ICT/IoT systems for moving things in an agricultural context.
  • Adopt theoretical research results to feasible practical solutions.
  • Cooperation with other research groups/industry addressing coordination and acquisition of new research projects and funding.
Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in Biosystems Engineering or similar.

The following qualifications are particularly important:
  • Natural science or technical education (e.g. specialisation in electrical engineering, mathematics or computer science) with research experience and competences within operations research/management, programming software, modelling, etc.
  • Strong background in Operations Research/Management and Optimization Modelling.
  • Documentation of excellent skills within the research area.
  • Programming skills (Java, MatLab, Git, Maven, etc.)
  • Ability and interest in teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation. Domain knowledge on biological production is a requirement.
  • Ability to communicate and disseminate research results to research environments, society and industry.
  • Ability to participate in the further development and advancement of the research within Operations Management.
Place of employment and place of work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Department of Engineering, Operations Management Group, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark

Further information
For further information please contact head of the research unit Claus Grøn Sørensen (+45 22827547 /

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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