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Department of Animal Science - ANIS Welfare - Faculty: Technical Sciences

Three-year postdoc position in studies on relationship between participants in the livestock production chain and interactions between humans and animals

Deadline 29 Oct

Expected start 1 Dec

  • Department of Animal Science - ANIS Welfare Blichers Allé 20 8830 Tjele

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Dec 2021 - 30 Nov 2024 ID: 6491

At the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University a postdoc position is available starting December 2021

We seek a candidate with a background in anthropology, or alternatively in human or social sciences, with insight into animal husbandry and animal health and welfare. The preferred candidate has experience in conducting and analysing qualitative data such as semi-structured interviews, participant-observation, and narratives. The research focus on interactions between humans and animals, in particular farm animals. Main research areas are the importance of husbandry, studies on actors in relation to animal welfare and prudent use of antibiotics. Research further includes development and application of methods for communication and learning about animal welfare assessment and animal welfare and health control in livestock herds. The assignments include teaching on communication at many levels and supervision of students. The chosen candidate is expected to join and develop ongoing research within the research group in Welfare. Collaboration with farmers, farming industries, veterinarians and animal welfare authorities is part of the assignment.


  • Academic qualifications at PhD level in anthropology 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 and books
  • Experience in supervising students and teaching at a high academic level will also be a merit
Further information on the position may be obtained from Professor Jan Tind Sørensen, phone: +45 20783343, e-mail: JanTind.Sorensen@anis.au.dk

Place of employment and place of work 

The place of employment is Aarhus University (AU) and the place of work is the Department of Animal Science, Science and Technology, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele.

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 question 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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?

Jan Tind Sørensen

Jan Tind Sørensen Section Manager Professor, Department of Animal Science - ANIS Welfare +4587157923 jantind.sorensen@anis.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

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


Deadline: Friday 29 Oct 2021 at 23:59 CEST