The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Foulum, Denmark, is offering a postdoctoral position in wetland biogeochemistry, starting 01.03.2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a 3-year period.

The successful candidate will be part of a Soil Physics and Hydropedology research environment focusing on understanding various soil physico-chemical and biological processes as well as achieving quantitative insight into the spatial distribution of soil characteristics on a local, regional and national scale. You will be part of a research team working on sustaining a healthy, functional wetland mitigating leaching of pollutants from agricultural drainage and greenhouse gas emissions. The candidate will work experimentally in both laboratory and field. The fieldwork will include wetland soil sampling in different locations across Denmark. The focus will particularly be on wetland biogeochemistry, greenhouse gas emissions, soil microbial biology, and plant physiology. We expect that the candidate will report research results in high-impact scientific journals and support preparing proposals.

Qualifications and specific competences

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has

  • A PhD in environmental science, soil microbiology, or similar
  • Collaborative skills
  • A fondness of taking the initiative and the ambition to pursue a scientific career
  • Documented experience in scientific writing and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Teaching and supervision experience at BSc and MSc level
  • Interest in developing competitive national and international research applications
  • Research experience in some of the areas of wetland biogeochemistry, greenhouse gas emissions, soil microbial biology, and plant physiology.

Further, we will prefer candidates with some of the following qualifications:

  • Experience in planning and conducting laboratory and field work, e.g. soil isotope tracer assays, microbial cultivation approach
  • Insight into the interplay between microbes, greenhouse gas emissions, and biogeochemical processes in the rhizosphere of wetlands
  • Experience with high-throughput cultivation approaches coupled with the latest detection technology to isolate target microbes

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, greenhouse, 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.

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 a good work-life balance
  • Possibility of membership of staff association, access to a 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 Associate Professor Shubiao Wu (, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.

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 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.

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

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

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Questions about the position?

Shubiao Wu

Shubiao WuAssociate Professor, Department of Agroecology – Soil Physics and

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – HR


Deadline: Monday 1 Nov 2021 at 23:59 CET

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