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Tenure track position in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

Aarhus Universitet


The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Foulum, Denmark, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Center for Climate Change ( invites applications for a tenure track position in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

The position aims to strengthen the integration of agricultural GHG emissions research within the agricultural pillar of iCLIMATE. This research focuses on improved quantification of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and how these emissions can be reduced. The position is expected to facilitate collaboration among researchers from different disciplines and departments. This will involve activities on generating improved data on emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from the various farm components and linking these with process understanding of their variation as affected by biotic and environmental factors. It will also involve developing a joint experimental platform for studying greenhouse gas emissions at farm scale, exploring new mitigation measures, and developing a database with associated data-analytical platform for integrating data with a dynamic modelling platform.

The candidate must be able to work cross-disciplinarily in teams collaborating with researchers across different research disciplines. The candidate is expected to contribute to research and teaching, and to assist in providing research-based policy advice and consultancy to authorities. Further, the position involves responsibility for attracting highly competitive national and international funding, industry collaboration as well as teaching and student supervision in the area of agricultural GHGs.

Research area
The candidate will have the opportunity to develop a research portfolio within agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, involving both experimental and modelling aspects, depending on the profile of the candidate. The qualified candidate is expected to be specialized in one or more of the following topics within carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural systems and soils: soil C and N dynamics; C and N dynamics at field and farm scale, including livestock and manure; agricultural greenhouse gases; gaseous flux measurements; modelling C and N dynamics in ecosystems and/or farm scale; technologies for GHG mitigation.


  • PhD degree and post doc research experience within C and N cycling in agricultural systems
  • 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 internal and external cooperation. Furthermore, we are looking for a responsible and social person who can contribute to a good working environment.

All applications must be made online and received by 16 June 2019. Expected time for interviews is September 2019. The intended starting date is 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment and place of work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Blichers Allé 20, 8850 Tjele, Denmark.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of research section Jørgen E. Olesen (, tel: +45 40821659.

Research environment
The successful candidate will be part of the vibrant section on Climate and Water, but also have close collaborations to researchers and technical staff from other sections at Department of Agroecology. There will also be interdisciplinary collaborations with other research groups under iCLIMATE. The scientists at the Department of Agroecology and within iCLIMATE have leading roles within the global research community on agricultural greenhouse gases and take active part in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

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

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 [Assistant Professors /or Researcher] for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured [Associate Professorship/position as 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
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 (

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 (

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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

16 June 2019


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