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Four-year Researcher Position in Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Crop Growth for Precision Agriculture 1015560

Science and Technology, Aarhus University Foulum, is looking for dedicated candidates for a four-year position as Researcher or Assistant Professor at the Department of Agroecology, starting on February 15, 2019.

Research area
The successful candidate will be part of a team working on increasing the water- and nutrient use efficiency in crops and minimizing the environmental impacts of agriculture by spatio-temporal analysis and management of crops and fields. This will involve the use sensor technologies for monitoring crop water and nutritional status. The research will involve crop physiological measurements in field experiments, image analysis, as well as statistical and dynamic modelling across spatio-temporal scales to simulate the dynamics of water and nitrogen fluxes within the soil-plant-atmosphere system. The position will strengthen on-going interdisciplinary research on circular bioeconomy and the food-water-energy nexus and be part of the European Water-JPI “Water Challenges for a Changing World” and The Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research. The Researcher is expected to participate in the day-to-day supervision of PhD and master students, and duties include teaching and work in China around 2 month per year.

Required qualifications
We seek a committed and internationally oriented person, who possess the following professional and personal qualifications:
• PhD degree in agronomy, agroecology, agroenvironmental management or similar aspects
• Knowledge about field experimentation and measurements, including remotely sensed data
• Experience with the use and parametrization of dynamic crop simulation models
• Experience with handling large datasets
• Teaching experience
• Good publishing and networking skills
• The ability to develop research objectives, conceptualize ideas and create hypotheses
• Good collaborative skill and ability to work with others in a multidisciplinary research team
• Feel comfortable with working independently and in different cultures
• A proven record of research publications in peer-reviewed international journals

You must have an enthusiastic personality and possess good communication skills. Furthermore, we are looking for a responsible and social person who can contribute to a good working environment.

Research environment
The Department of Agroecology carries out research in the interaction between plants, the environment, animals and humans within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. We contribute to sustainable production and growth via excellent research, policy support and teaching.

The vision of the department is to belong to the elite of research institutions that work with agroecosystems and aims to create, develop and transfer ground-breaking new knowledge that can promote society’s bioeconomy nationally and internationally. The Department of Agroecology offers a dynamic and informal working environment with a good work-life-balance.

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, Postboks 50, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.  

Further information on the position may be obtained from professor Mathias Neumann Andersen ( or senior scientist Uffe Jørgensen (, tel. +45 8715 6000.

You can read more about the Department of Agroecology at

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. 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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