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Professor in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation 1015832

A position in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation is available at the Department of Agroecology, Section of Soil Fertility.

Agricultural activities result in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from microbial processes associated with manure management, fertilization, crop residues, and soil carbon and nitrogen turnover. The limitations of current methods for estimation of GHG emissions prevent progress in emissions regulation, and an intensified effort is needed to develop and validate better methods. The focus of the professorship should be on documenting GHG emissions and underlying mechanisms, and on developing and implementing mitigation strategies. Furthermore, the research should address methodological issues regarding trace gas flux estimation. Duties include research into the interactions between management practices and the biophysical environment, the ecology of microbial communities leading to GHG emissions, and development of methods for monitoring, prediction and mitigation. The research should identify and address knowledge gaps, which currently prevent the achievement of stipulated mitigation targets, for policy support.

We seek an internationally competitive, innovative and successful research leader, who wants to work with highly engaged and motivated staff in a positive and dynamic international working environment. We are looking to appoint an experienced research leader, who sees opportunities within the Department’s research areas to create a successful, interdisciplinary team, also with external research collaborators and industrial partners, to deliver both novel and innovative solutions and underpinning basic knowledge to the area. The appointment includes research, supervision and teaching at the level of professor. The duties also include participation in research-based advice and policy support to national authorities and the agro-industry. The professor is expected to have strong leadership qualities, and to successfully lead and strengthen the research area through taking new strategic initiatives in collaboration with existing staff, and national and international networks.

Successful candidates
You are expected to:
• be responsible for the development of the research area, with implementation of basic and applied research
• establish synergies between your own research and other related research activities to secure the needed interdisciplinary approaches
• maintain a strong national and international network of contacts with leading research groups, as well as pursuing industrial contacts within the agro industry
• support the development of comprehensive research-based teaching activities and participate in assessments of students at BSc, MSc and PhD levels
• be responsible for effective knowledge exchange with society, industry and the Danish Government
• successfully attract external research grants from industry, national and international sources
• develop and contribute to relevant educational courses at the Bachelor and Master levels
• participate in MSc, PhD and post-doctoral training and be responsible for the educational guidance of assistant professors/postdocs.
The following professional and personal qualifications are required:
• PhD degree or equivalent qualifications within microbiology, soil science or related research fields
• Documented experience as an international research leader in relation to greenhouse gas emissions research
• Documented research qualifications at professorship level
• Experience in communication of research in a wide context
• Documented ability to strengthen national and international cooperation within the research area
• Documented ability to attract research funding from both industrial and public sources
• Documented experience with supervision of postdocs, PhD and MSc students
• Documented teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to develop relevant educational material
• Documented leadership skills in relation to international collaboration and development of interdisciplinary research teams
The Department of Agroecology
The Department of Agroecology is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and includes research across 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 Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff, 100 PhD students and Postdocs, and approx. 100 technical/administrative staff. Furthermore, we have a number of students and guests each year contributing to an international research environment.
The Department works in teams and therefore self-leadership, clear and open communication, success in mentoring, supervising and teaching are important qualities needed to be successful in the Department. In addition, the Department has a strong culture that is based on openness, equality, consultation and inclusion, and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment is viewed as important.
The Department is responsible for a Bachelor’s programme Agrobiology, and Master’s programme in AgroEnvironmental Management, taught at AU, Denmark. In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations. Staff also teach on a number of other educations offered at other Universities in Denmark and abroad.
Please refer to http://agro.au.dk/en/ for further information about The Department of Agroecology and to http://scitech.au.dk/en/ and http://www.au.dk/en/ for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.
Place of Work and area of Employment / Conditions of Appointment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
Individual negotiations will take place based on acknowledgement that senior research leaders may have existing commitments and need to relocate to Denmark.

Aarhus University offers competitive start-up packages.

For further information contact Head of Department Erik Steen Kristensen, phone: +45 20910371, e-mail: erik@agro.au.dk.

Application procedure
Shortlisting 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. 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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