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Three-year Postdoctoral position in Modelling agricultural crops and carbon cycling under climate change 909482

Science and Technology, Aarhus University Foulum, is looking for dedicated candidates for a three-year Postdoctoral position at the Department of Agroecology starting on August 15, 2017.

Research area
The postdoc study will involve use of crop-soil models for studying impacts of climate change on agricultural crops and cropping systems under climate change with particular emphasis on adaptation to climate change and implication for the soil carbon balance. This will involve parameterisation and testing of both dynamical and statistical models to describe the effects of crop and soil management and climate change on crop yield and carbon flows and stocks. Particular emphasis will be given to the assessment of how crops can be adapted to tolerate changes in extreme events and how cropping systems can be modified to enhance soil carbon stocks.

The Postdoc is also expected to participate in the day-to-day supervision of graduate students within the area of crop and soil carbon modelling and climate change, including teaching at PhD courses.
 
Required qualifications
We seek a committed person who preferably possess the following professional and personal qualifications:
• PhD degree in Agroecosystems Modelling or similar aspects
• Experience with use and parameterisation of dynamic simulation models
• Experience with handling large datasets and statistical analyses of experimental and monitoring data
• Experience with scenario analyses, preferably involving climate change
• Good publishing and networking skills
• The ability to develop research objectives, conceptualize and create hypotheses
• Willingness to collaborate with others as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
• Feel comfortable with working independently
• 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 support and contribute to a good working environment.

Research environment
The Department of Agroecology carries out research in agroecology, that is to say the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. We contribute to sustainable production and growth via excellent research, advice 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 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, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of research unit, Professor Jørgen E. Olesen, phone +45 40821659, email: jeo@agro.au.dk  

You can read more about Department of Agroecology at http://agro.au.dk/en/

 


Application procedure
Short-listing 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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

30.06.2017
Please apply online here

 

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