Assistant Professor in Soil science, Agricultural sciences

    Assistant Professor in Soil science, Agricultural sciences

    Assistant Professor in greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems, at Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionAssistant Professor
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Soil science
    – Agricultural sciences
    – Environmental sciences
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Agroecology
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period4 Years
    Starting dateOct 01, 2021


    The successful candidate should have a PhD degree and post doc research experience in soil science, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, or similar


    Specifically, we seek the following qualifications:

    • Expertise in greenhouse gas flux (both gas and dissolved) measurements and analysis.
    • Knowledge and experience with research on GHG mitigation strategies in agriculture, including rewetting of organic soils
    • Team spirit, but also capability to work independently
    • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed ISI journals
    • Expertise in state-of-the-art crop models, including model calibration
    • Experience with handling of large experimental datasets
    • High level in written and spoken English
    • Strong skills in statistical analysis using ‘R’ scripts and programming
    • The ability to manage, participate, collaborate and communicate in interdisciplinary research, and to participate in joint projects with other scientists.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    • The main activity will be research on GHG emissions of agricultural crop rotations with an emphasis on mitigation and adaptation to climate change within an agroecological perspective. A broad variety of methods will be used to assess the carbon cycles of crops and crop rotations in Danish agriculture, e.g. eddy covariance, chamber measurements, field experiments and crop modelling.
    • The person will contribute to research on GHG (CO2, CH4 and N2O) emissions from rewetted agricultural lands.
    • The use of modeling frameworks for carbon and nitrogen dynamics and GHG emissions in agricultural systems, including model calibration, validation, and simulation of mitigation strategies both under current and future climate scenarios
    • Data integration, statistical analysis, communication of research results (written and oral), and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
    • The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the department’s teaching at undergraduate and graduate level and assist supervision of students at undergraduate and graduate level.

    How to Apply?

    To apply please click Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and include

    • 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.

    About Research project

    We are looking for an assistant professor for research related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural systems using both conventional flux measurements and novel methodologies. The research activities include identification, development and testing of potential GHG mitigation strategies for agricultural systems, both from cropping systems and rewetted organic soils. This will comprise include statistical analysis of large datasets and advanced use of crop/soil models for simulation of current and future climate scenarios. It is expected that the work will interface with upcoming fields, e.g. remote sensing of vegetation at various scales, and exploitation of such data from other monitoring techniques for up and down-scaling of fluxes. The candidate should be able to collaborate with researchers from different fields, agronomy, ecology, and support the research at Department of Agroecology with state-of-the-art statistical knowledge and solutions in the area of agricultural GHGs.

    About the Department

    The successful candidate will work within an international research environment that is specialized in agroecological systems and environmental impacts of agriculture. We have a long track record in experimental and model based exploration of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The research questions and technical solutions to be addressed are conceived on the basis of past research at the department.


    • 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.


    Jørgen Eivind Olesen Head of Department
    Department of Agroecology

    Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – Nat-Tech HR
    Phone: +4525695795

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    Assistant Professor in greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems

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