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Post doc position in sustainable vegetable production

Aarhus Universitet


The Department of Food Science invites applications for a post doc position within the area of Sustainable Vegetable Production. The position is available from 1. April, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
We are specifically interested in individuals who can apply their expertise in open-field vegetable production and alternative cropping systems to promote agro-ecological services for high yielding and sustainable vegetable production. It is expected that the successful candidate will have documented experience on the interaction of vegetable growth and soil fertility focussed on nitrogen nutrition and reduction of emissions to the environment at the level of the agro-ecosystem. Knowledge on organic farming, conservation agriculture, methods for studies of root growth and soil biological activity, but also evaluation of organic matter decomposition is important, within the context of productive and sustainable vegetable systems. There is funding for 2 years of employment. In case further external funding is procured within the academic area the candidate is estimated obviously qualified for, an extension can be possible for up to a total maximum of 4 years employment as a post doc.

The preferred candidate will work with senior staff members in the Science team of Plant, Food and Sustainability on current and new research projects in vegetable production and plant-based fertilizers and compost for soil improvement, and will complement existing Department activities in the horticultural area.

The qualified candidate will be appointed for a period of 2 years.

The candidate is expected to have the qualifications

  • PhD degree required, within open-field vegetable production and alternative systems based on agro-ecological services for high yielding and sustainable vegetable production.
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Teaching/supervision experience at BSc or MSc level
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking

As part of the post doc position, the candidate will be offered access to research infrastructure.

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

The Department of Food Science
The Department of Food Science is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and includes research across the food value chain within the areas of Plant Production Systems, Biofunctional Food, Systems Biology, Food Chemistry and Technology, Food Quality, Food Metabolomics and Sensory Science. The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff and 50 PhD students and Postdocs, with approx. 30 visiting staff and students contributing to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars.

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 Master’s programme in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology, taught at AU, Denmark, and a Master’s programme in Food and Health at the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing, China. In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations, including Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Agrobiology, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in Food Technology, Aarhus University. Staff also teach on a number of other educations offered at other Universities in Denmark and China.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Food Science and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Department of Food Science, AU-Aarslev campus, Kirstinebjergvej 10, DK-5792 Aarslev, Denmark. As from 1. November, 2019 the Department will relocate to a new site and the place of work will be Agro Food Park 48, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Further information is available from Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen, telephone no. 87158354, email

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 a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here ( Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here (

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here (

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

26 March 2019