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Senior advisor Department of Engineering 911427

Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) section, opens a permanent position as senior advisor within the scientific area of combining methods and technologies from engineering with the biological, environmental and agricultural domain. The intended starting date is September 1st 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Development of technologies, improved methods, sensing, data processing and interpretation, followed by knowledge management and intelligent operations, robotics and precision agriculture/precision livestock farming are expanding areas with high attention from industry, authorities and the general public. The department of engineering is nationally as well as internationally involved in these research topics, and seeks to expand the research activity as well as the associated public advisory service.

The applicant will be responsible for public advisory service to the Danish authorities as well as initiating research projects to support the continued knowledge build up within these fields. The successful applicant is also expected to document ample experience with research and ability to attract external funding.

The selected candidate must have proven scientific competences within agricultural engineering, automation, data processing, interpretation, and operations management. The candidate must also have documented experience with public advisory service to authorities. A track record of relevant reports, publications and scientific publications, project management experience and advisory service disseminations must be demonstrated.

The ideal candidate must have the following competences:
• Experience with public advisory work in Denmark
• Extensive knowledge on plant sciences and to a lesser extent knowledge on animal sciences
In addition, the candidate must have competences within several of the following areas:
• Knowledge on information and communication technologies which comprises data acquisition and data conversion and structuring of information as the basis for process/operations management and process/operations documentation for sustainable plant production.
• Scientific experience with automation of prescribed actions for agricultural equipment solutions, which comprises integration of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and software engineering and advancing of the embedded intelligence.
• Experience with acquisition of information from biological systems, indicating the status of essential parameters, and the transmission of data to a data processing unit or information management system.
• Experience on organization of large scale field trials, test methodologies of agricultural machinery, use of geographical information systems (GIS), experiences with communication protocol standards, i.e. embedded as well as web services.
• Experience on leading and co-leading research and R&D projects

The candidate must hold an approved PhD degree and have documented experience within the fields above. Applicants with experience with industrial collaboration are preferred.

Your application must contain a CV including research activities, R&D experience, a complete publication list as well as fundraising and leadership experience.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark.

For further information on the position please contact Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering section Jens Kargaard Madsen, or the head of the ENG department Thomas Skjødeberg Toftegaard,

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


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