Senior researcher/researcher (tenure track) positions
available in Soil Science - 930716

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University is looking for dedicated and responsible permanent senior researcher/tenure track candidates within the two research areas of 1) Soil physics and hydropedology and 2) Biogeochemistry and subsurface hydrology. The positions are available from January 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The positions aim to strengthen ongoing activities at the department’s Soil Physics and Hydropedology Section. The section is dedicated to the research of fundamental soil functions and threats to the soil resource such as pollution, erosion, compaction or declining soil organic matter. A challenge for modern intensive agriculture is to reduce its nutrient emissions and the ensuing adverse impact on the aquatic environment while simultaneously maintaining or increasing agricultural production. In the future, the agricultural sector will have to comply with higher regulatory standards that involve targeted and emission-based approaches to mitigating nutrient losses from soil to water. This calls for an expanded research effort into both fundamental process understanding and effective mitigation options. With our strong expertise in fundamental and applied soil physics, soil hydrology, nutrient transport in landscapes and digital soil mapping we are well placed to address this challenge, but we wish to expand our team.

The candidates must be able to work cross-disciplinarily in teams collaborating with 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. Further, the positions involve responsibility for attracting highly competitive national and international funding, industry collaboration as well as teaching and student supervision in the area of agro-environmental management.

Research areas

1) Soil physics and hydropedology

The qualified candidates are specialized in one or more of the topics within the soil research area such as: soil structure; transport and fate of water, contaminants, energy, solutes, and particulates; gaseous phase transport; soil hydrophobicity; soil sensor development; soil variability; soil management; soil ecosystem services and resilience.

2) Biogeochemistry and subsurface hydrology

Qualified candidates have a profound understanding of nutrient transport at the landscape scale and a strong record in linking biogeochemical processes to subsurface hydrology. Part of the future research effort is dedicated to investigating agronomic options as well as end-of-pipe solutions, including constructed wetlands or drainage filter systems, for reducing nutrient and contaminant losses. Expertise in phosphorus dynamics and wetland or lowland processes would be a strong asset, as well as in-depth knowledge of relevant modelling tools.

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.

Senior researcher

  • PhD degree and postdoc research experience broadly within the relevant research area (1 or 2)
  • Experience with PhD supervision
  • A proven scientific record in developing, planning, implementing and managing research projects
  • Ability to implement interdisciplinary research and strengthen national and international cooperation within the research areas
  • Interest in and ability to give research based advise and policy support
  • Proficient skills within communication of research outputs

Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here.

Researcher (Tenure track)

  • PhD degree and postdoc research experience within the relevant research area (1 or 2)
  • Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed ISI journals
  • Teaching experience
  • 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. Highly qualified candidates are appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position.

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.

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 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.

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


The application must be in English and include a description of previous research experience highlighting the relevance for the present position as well as future research plans, curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a brief description of technical, administrative and academic competences in relation to the positio,. Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

The application should include names and e-mail addresses of three people who can provide a letter of reference upon request. Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Finally, indicate level of position (senior researcher or researcher (tenure track)) that you are applying for.

Place of Work and area of Employment

The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 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

Short-listing 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. (in Danish).

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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

posted: 20 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.