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Senior researcher and researcher (tenure track) positions for farm economics and Life Cycle Assessment of foods and other bio-based products 930767

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University invites applications for 2-3 permanent senior researcher positions and researcher (tenure track) positions in system analyses, life cycle assessment and farm economics. The positions are available from 1 December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
The Department of Agroecology and CBIO - Centre for Circular Bioeconomy
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 state of the art research, advice and teaching. The department has a staff of approximately 275 people including 56 professors, associate professor’s and senior scientists, 37 researchers and postdocs and 60 PhD students. More information at http://agro.au.dk/en/.

The Department hosts The Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO), a newly formed interdepartmental centre established by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University, which will co-fund one of the tenure tracks. The aim of CBIO is to conduct research and develop bio-production systems and concepts for recycling; this includes methods for biorefining and development of high-value products based on green crops, marine biomass and side-streams from agriculture and food production. The activities of CBIO includes research in the whole production chain from cultivation and quality optimization of biomass, logistics, handling, refinement, development and testing of products, nature and environmental impact and research in relation to society and economy. Further details can be found at http://cbio.au.dk/en/.
 
Working area
The positions seek to strengthen and complement ongoing activities in the Department of Agroecology and in CBIO within ‘greening’ of production in relation to responsible value chains, bio-economy and circular economy. The aim is to support the needs of the agri-food sector and the society in developing new sustainable bio-based business concepts by researching and performing state of the art impact assessment of new ways of production. This includes life cycle assessment of bio-based products and farm business economics with the aim to identify profitable and environmentally improved solutions for farms and bio-based products chains that contribute to a circular bio-economy. Key working areas – not mutually exclusive – are: 

• Methods for environmental life cycle assessment of bio-based products, including development of more comprehensive impact categories than exists at present, e.g. soil quality aspects and eco-toxicity, and allocation of impacts in complex bio-based systems. In addition, participation in interdisciplinary research projects focussing on assessment of new and promising solutions.
• Farm economics in relation to new production systems and environmental regulation, methods for lifecycle costing, and eco-efficiency of new bio-based value chains. In addition, participation in interdisciplinary research projects focussing on assessment of new and promising solutions.

In all cases, the research will also be the basis for delivering research-based consultancy to authorities. Furthermore, the activities include fundraising, industry cooperation and teaching/supervision in the area of environmental impacts of bio-based production.
 
Qualifications
Senior researcher
The successful candidates must hold relevant academic qualifications and a proven record of scientific achievements at international level within system analyses, farm economics or life cycle assessment of foods and/or other bio-based products. Further professional and personal qualifications emphasized are:

• PhD degree and postdoc research experience within system analysis, farm economics, and/or life cycle assessment
• A scientific record of international standard within life cycle assessment or farm economics
• Experience with PhD supervision 
• A proven record in developing, planning, implementing and managing research projects
• Ability to implement interdisciplinary research and strengthen national and international cooperation within the research area
• Interest in and ability to give research based advise and policy support within the research area
• Experience in communication of research outputs
 
Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here.
 
Researcher (tenure track)
The successful candidate must hold relevant academic qualifications and a proven record of scientific achievements within system analyses, farm economics or life cycle assessment of foods and/or other bio-based products. Consideration will be given to the ability to communicate research results at all levels, including for scientific advice to public sector authorities. Further qualifications are: 

• PhD degree and postdoc research experience within system analysis, farm economics, and/or life cycle assessment
• Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed ISI journals
• Teaching experience 
• Experience in international research collaboration and networking
• Emphasis will be put on the ability to communicate research results at all levels, including scientific advice to public sector authorities
 
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career prospects via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position.

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor/Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.
 
Application
The application must be in English and include curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a brief description of technical, administrative and academic competences in relation to the position, a description of previous research experience highlighting the relevance for the present position as well as future research plans. Guidelines for applicants can be found here

The application should include names and e-mail addresses of three people who can provide a letter of reference upon request. Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Finally, indicate level of position (senior researcher or researcher (tenure track)) that you are applying for.
 
Place of Work and area of Employment 
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus.
 
Further information on the positions may be obtained from senior researcher Uffe Jørgensen, uffe.jorgensen@agro.au.dk, +45 8715 7729 or senior researcher John Erik Hermansen, john.hermansen@agro.au.dk, +45 8715 8017.
 
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.

Ansøgningsfrist

Alle ansøgninger skal være lavet online og modtaget senest:

31.10.2017
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