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Tenure track position in plant pathology 903781

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Slagelse, Denmark, invites applications for a tenure track position in plant pathology.

The successful candidate will be part of a plant pathology research environment that is among the leading in Europe with research programs in molecular diagnostics, epidemiology, ecology, and prevention and control of plant diseases in agriculture. The department hosts the Global Rust Reference Center.

The candidate will have the opportunity to develop a research area within plant pathology for one or more of the diseases affecting important broadleaved arable crops or high-value crops.

Depending on the profile of the candidate, host resistance, pathogen virulence, host-pathogen interactions and pathogen biology/ecology/epidemiology could be part of the research program. The program could include, but is not restricted to, host interactions and biology and control of soil-borne pathogens/nematodes, pathogens affecting high-value crops and/or seed-borne pathogens. We are interested in applicants with experience in classical as well as molecular plant pathology.

The selected candidate is expected to:
• build up innovative research within the described research areas
• develop competitive grant proposals
• contribute to teaching in plant pathology
• contribute to advisory activities to Danish ministries and authorities
• supervise Master and PhD level students

• PhD degree and post doc research experience within plant pathology
• Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed ISI journals
• Teaching experience at MSc and PhD level
• Experience in international research collaboration and networking

In addition to the above criteria, consideration will be given to innovative skills, the ability to communicate at all levels, such as the provision of research based policy support, the ability to promote and implement research results, an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience, and the ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation. Furthermore, we are looking for a dedicated person who can contribute positively as a team player to our working environment.
Research environment
The applicant will be part of the vibrant plant pathology environment within the department. The group is among the leading plant pathology groups in Europe in molecular diagnostics, rusts in cereals, diseases in potato, seed-borne diseases, pathogen epidemiology/ecology, integrated pest management and foliar diseases in cereals, amongst others. Permanent scientific staff includes Profs. Mogens S. Hovmøller and Per Kudsk, and Senior scientists Annemarie Fejer Justesen, Mogens Nicolaisen, Lise Nistrup Jørgensen and Bent J. Nielsen and approximately 15 post docs/PhD students.
The Department of Agroecology carries out research in agroecology, i.e. the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. This means that variations in soil and climate conditions play an important role in the research activities. The department is geographically distributed between several locations in Denmark.
The Department of Agroecology has approximately 270 employees who are organised in six research sections, a secretariat and three field trails and semi-field stations. The department has a flexible and informal working environment.

Read more about the department on http://agro.au.dk/en/  

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of research section Per Kudsk (per.kudsk@agro.au.dk) or Head of research section Mogens Nicolaisen (mn@agro.au.dk).

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researcher for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Senior Researcher.

The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme is to:
- attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
- to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
- to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:
- access to research infrastructure
- capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
- a mentoring programme
- support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

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.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

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.

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.

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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