Postdoc position – Jobs for ecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoc position - Jobs for ecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoc position to work on “Environmental controls of nitrous oxide emission from soil”, in the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 17, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Microbial ecology
    – Agroecology 
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Agroecology
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateSep 1, 2021


    • A research background within microbial ecology of carbon and nitrogen cycling in soil;
    • Experience with the organisation of field and laboratory experiments, and project management;
    • Handson experience with the use of isotopes to study C and N cycling;
    • R programming skills and experience with statistical analyses;
    • Proven ability to publish at a high international level.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The successful candidate must take part in planning and conducting new field studies, as well as analysing and publishing the results of ongoing experiments to document emissions from cropping systems and individual nitrogen sources, as well as effects of management and mitigation strategies. Funding sources include national climate research programs, as well as European projects.
    Management strategies of special interest include the use of catch crops to avoid environmental losses, the recyling of livestock manure for crop production, and adoption of conservation tillage to enhance soil fertility and biodiversity. These strategies all have implications for nitrous oxide emissions associated with organic matter recycling. The role of carbon turnover as driver of nitrous oxide emissions is investigated using a variety of methods to describe microbial population dynamics and activity in gradient environments around organic hotspots, including microsensors, molecular tools and isotope analyses.  

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and include

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Degree certificate
    • 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 the Department

    Nitrous oxide emissions contribute significantly to the carbon footprint of agriculture, and ongoing research projects aim to document emissions and effects of mitigation strategies. Soil properties and climate interact with management practices in regulating nitrous oxide emissions, and robust predictions therefore require a detailed understanding of biotic and abiotic controls. Quantifying emissions at the field scale is an integrated part of MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) efforts, but also a reference for hypotheses to be investigated in controlled laboratory experiments.


    • 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.


    Prof. Søren O. Petersen
    Phone: +45 8715 7756.

    Official advertisement

    Postdoc position: Environmental controls of nitrous oxide emission from soil

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 18th, 2021 (GMT+9)