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Postdoc position in Climate and Water Section – Aarhus University, Denmark – Dec 2021

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

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.

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General Info

Position: Postdoc position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: Mar 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 37,000 DKK/Month

Department of Agroecology
Aarhus University (AU AGRO)
Aarhus University (AU)

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Qualification Details

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

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 (ReWet) 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.

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Documents Required

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.

About the Project/Department

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 here.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

  • 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

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Contact details

More information can be obtained from senior researcher Poul Erik Lærke (, Department of Agroecology.

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