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Post-doc, Information and Communication Technology in Biological Production 965457

Post-doc, Information and Communication Technology in Biological Production

At Aarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Engineering is inviting applications for a 2-year vacancy as postdoctorial researcher in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Biological Production. The scientific work relates mainly to the project EU project Internet of Farms and Foods (IoF2020) that deals with the  question of innovative, fail-safe communication and internet of moving things for farm management and is associated with the AU Center for Smart Farming.

Precision Farming and Smart Farming involve areas like data acquisition, data conversion, data wireless retrieval and reliable communication for streaming and logging data from agricultural vehicles, and structuring of information as the basis for process management and process documentation in agricultural production systems. Key technologies comprise Internet of Things, Cloud computing, semantic web services, ontologies, etc.

The position is available from 15th April 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Work description

Research areas include:
•    Implementation of relevant smart communication systems (online versus logging, direct communication or mesh networking) and processing technologies
•    Development IoT systems for moving things in an agricultural context
•    Realtime logging, timestamping and georeferencing
•    Wireless communication protocols/software protocols (e.g. ISOBUS, Nmea2000)
•    Quality assessment/control of data, data-sources and data
•    International cooperation with other research groups/industry addressing coordination and acquisition of new research projects and funding


The following qualifications are particularly important:
•    Natural science or technical education (e.g. specialisation in electrical engineering or computer science) with research experience and competences within communication technology, programming software, etc.
•    Scientific training (PhD or similar), PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar
•    Strong background in wireless networks and modelling
•    Ability and interest in the application of system architecture
•    Ability and interest in teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation. Knowledge on biological production is a plus.
•    Ability to disseminate research results to research environments, society and industry.
•    Ability to participate in the further development and advancement of the research within the subject area.

Place of Employment and Place of Work

The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Finlandsgade 22, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Further information
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact the head of the research unit Claus Grøn Sørensen, +4522827547,

The department
The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University involves 4 sections including within each section a number of research groups. The Operations Management group of the Dept. of Engineering embraces the overall concept of systems engineering involving research, development and implementation of planning, control and application technologies for the precision treatment of plants and other production entities as well as efficient data collection and documentation methods for the production traceability. There is research into new production principles concerning the application of mathematical/physical models, decision support systems for operations and task management, design and implementation of information technology and communication and other innovative technologies.

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, 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. 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 Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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