DELETE Postdoc in greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatlands

DELETE Postdoc in greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatlands

Job title: DELETE Postdoc in greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatlands

Company: Aarhus Universitet

Job description: The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University (AU AGRO) in Foulum, Denmark, is offering a postdoctoral position in greenhouse gas emissions from rewetted peatlands, starting 01.03.2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be based at the Climate and Water Section at AU AGRO in Foulum. The position is available for a 3-year period.

Cultivated organic soils are large sources of CO2 emmission to the atmosphere and current Danish governmental initiatives aim at reducing this source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, e.g., by rewetting of the drained organic soils. In collaboration with scientists at AU AGRO, the successful candidate will work on recently funded projects, aiming at field instrumentation (eddy covariance towers, auto-chambers) at long-term monitoring sites ( to document the effects of rewetting of organic soils on GHG emissions, including long-term consequences for methane emissions, which may increase after rewetting. We seek to connect measurements with profound understanding of the microbial basis for the emissions in order to allow better predictions of the net GHG effects of changing the management of organic soils.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who meets the qualifications listed below:

  • PhD or/and postdoc experience in measurements of ecosystem GHG fluxes
  • General knowledge of peatlands
  • Experience in R programming for analyzing GHG data from auto-chambers or eddy towers
  • Good collaborative skills and ambition to pursue a scientific career, including writing of scientific papers
  • Good English communication skills

The following qualifications are advantageous:

  • Insight in microbial processes and microbial ecology of organic soils, especially in relation to emissions of CO2, N2O and CH4
  • Knowledge on agricultural use of organic soils

The Department of Agroecology
At the Department of Agroecology we study interactions between soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment in different agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, biomaterials and energy. Thus, we contribute to both fundamental knowledge generation and the attainment of sustainable production systems via state-of-the-art research, contracted policy advice, and education. We offer state-of-the-art laboratory, green house, semi-field and field scale research facilities, advanced computing capacities 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, and 60 PhD students. More information can be found .

The Department of Agroecology offers

  • An informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism, where accountability, commitment, helpfulness, flexibility and close collaboration is a prerequisite solving the core tasks
  • A good social environment with activities and routines that make it possible to talk across and strengthen the collegial relationship, and where mutual trust, respect, kindness and professional sparring are emphasized
  • A flexible workplace with good work-life balance
  • Possibility of membership of staff association, access to gym and free fruit scheme
  • An exciting and varied working environment, where two days rarely resemble each other. We are often busy and we work creatively for solutions to societal challenges

Place of Work
The place of work is Aarhus University, Campus Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele. The affiliation will be with the Department of Agroecology.

More information can be obtained from senior researcher Poul Erik Lærke ([email protected]), Department of Agroecology.

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.

Letter of reference If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range Technical Sciences refers to the .

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

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 .

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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 . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark .

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

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 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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Location: Tjele, Midtjylland

Job date: Sun, 07 Nov 2021 04:38:19 GMT

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