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Department of Agroecology - Soil Physics and Hydropedology - Faculty: Technical Sciences

Postdoc position in soil physics

Deadline 13 Dec

Expected start 1 Feb

  • Department of Agroecology - Soil Physics and Hydropedology Blichers Allé 20 8830 Tjele

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Feb 2021 - 31 Jan 2024 ID: 4652

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Foulum, Denmark, is offering a postdoctoral position in environmental soil physics, soil spectroscopy and soil hydrophobicity, starting 01.02.2021. The successful candidate will be based at the Soil Physics and Hydropedology Section, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. The position is available for a 3-year period.

The successful candidate will be part of a soil physics and hydropedology research environment focusing on understanding soil physico-chemical and hydrological processes as well as achieving quantitative insight into the spatial distribution of soil characteristics on a local, regional and national scale. You will be part of a research team working on sustaining a healthy, functional soil while also preserving the groundwater resources. The candidate will work experimentally in both laboratory and field and focus will particularly be on soil hydrophobicity, soil microbial biology, X-ray CT scanning, and soil spectroscopy. We expect that the candidate will report the results of the research in high-impact scientific journals.  

Qualifications and specific competences
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has
  • A PhD in engineering, agronomy, biology or similar
  • Collaborative skills
  • Fondness of taking initiative and the ambition to pursue a scientific career
  • Documented experience in scientific writing and publication in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Teaching and supervision experience at the BSc and MSc level
  • Experience in developing competitive national and international research applications
  • Research experience in the areas of environmental soil physics, spectroscopy and chemometrics
Further, we will prefer candidates with some of the following qualifications:
  • Experience in planning and conducting field work
  • Experience in planning and conducting laboratory work for measurement of hydrophobicity and soil physico-chemical and microbial properties
  • Insight into the interplay between microbial diversity and soil processes
  • Experience with soil spectroscopy for predicting soil characteristics
  • Experience with CT scanning for soil structure characterization
The Department of Agroecology
At the Department of Agroecology we study interactions between soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment in different agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, biomaterials and energy. Thus, we contribute to both fundamental knowledge generation and the attainment of sustainable production systems via state-of-the-art research, contracted policy advice, and education. We offer state-of-the-art laboratory, green house, semi-field and field scale research facilities, advanced computing capacities as well as an extensive national and international researcher network.  The department has a staff of approximately 275 people including 56 senior academics, 37 junior researchers and postdocs as well as 56 PhD students. More information can be found here.

The Department of Agroecology offers
  • An informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism, where accountability, commitment, helpfulness, flexibility and close collaboration is a prerequisite solving the core tasks
  • A good social environment with activities and routines that make it possible to talk across and strengthen the collegial relationship, and where mutual trust, respect, kindness and professional sparring are emphasized
  • A flexible workplace with good work-life balance
  • Possibility of membership of staff association, access to gym and free fruit scheme
  • An exciting and varied working environment, where two days rarely resemble each other. We are often busy and we work creatively for solutions to societal challenges
Place of Work
The place of work is Aarhus University, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele.  The affiliation will be with the Department of Agroecology.

Mentors will be Professor Lis Wollesen de Jonge (lis.w.de.jonge@agro.au.dk) and head of section Mogens H. Greve (greve@ago.au.dk), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in ques-tion before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences 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.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Lis Wollesen de Jonge

Lis Wollesen de Jonge Professor, Department of Agroecology - Soil Physics and Hydropedology lis.w.de.jonge@agro.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR Nat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk


Deadline: Sunday 13 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET