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Post Doc position available in Soil Science

Aarhus Universitet


The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University is looking for a dedicated and responsible postdoctoral researcher within soil physics and hydropedology. The position is available from April 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be available for 2 years with a possible extension of 2 years.

In many countries, the agricultural sector is challenged in terms of compliance with the EU habitat- and water directives, which indicate the need for spatial differentiation of land use in vulnerable areas. There is thus significant economic, societal and environmental potential in agricultural diversification through developing provenance foods, which embeds geographical characteristics of place of production. Some of these issues are addressed in the Innovation Foundation Denmark funded project PROVENANCE. The candidate will perform physiographic mapping of Denmark using Digital Soil Mapping techniques.

The candidates must be able to work cross-disciplinarily in teams of collaborating researchers and highly professional technical staff across the department. The new staff members are expected to contribute to research and teaching, and to providing research-based policy advice and consultancy to authorities.

Specific qualification and competences
The qualified candidates are specialized in Digital Soil Mapping. The candidates must have experience and high skills with GIS and the use of machine learning algorithms to predict soil properties in geographic space. Experience with regional and/or national soil datasets, remote sensing products and terrain-derived variables is preferable.

General qualifications
You must have an enthusiastic personality and possess good communication skills. We are looking for a responsible and social person who can support and contribute to a good working environment.
The successful candidates must hold relevant academic qualifications and a proven record of scientific achievements at international level within the relevant research areas.

  • PhD degree
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed ISI journals
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience with policy support
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Emphasis will be put on the ability to communicate research results at all levels, including scientific advice to public sector authorities

Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career prospects via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme.

The Department of Agroecology
Department of Agroecology study interactions between soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment in different agroecosystems producing food, feed, biomaterials and energy. The department contribute to fundamental knowledge generation as well as the attainment of sustainable production systems via state of the art research, contracted policy advice, and education. We offer state-of-the-art soil physics and chemistry labs, access to well-established study catchments and long-term monitoring programmes as well as an extensive national and international researcher network. The department has a staff of approximately 275 people including 56 senior academics, 37 junior researchers and postdocs as well as 65 PhD students. More information can be found here (

Department of Agroecology offers a dynamic and informal working environment with a good work-life-balance.

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Mogens H. Greve: (, or +45 8715 7748.

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 (

28. februar 2019


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