Wednesday, September 22, 2021

PhD candidate in the field of cybersecurity governance in organisations

 


The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University is looking for a

PhD candidate in the field of cybersecurity governance in organisations

Project description
The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University seeks to appoint a full-time PhD candidate to carry out research (80%) and teaching (20%) activities on cyber security in organizations. The position is a shared position between ISGA and The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Centre of Expertise Cyber Security). The PhD candidate will have a promotor at ISGA and daily guidance from The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Centre of Expertise Cyber Security).

Security of software systems has emerged as a critical societal need, yet too often we hear about failures in functioning, hacks or privacy-related problems. We think it is more sensible to understand and fix these issues during the development time and prevent problems, rather than later, when the system becomes accessible to the users and can cause real damage.

Security is not only a technical concept. It emerges from an interplay of many technical and non-technical factors, such as human behaviour, privacy and organizational aspects. For that reason, we aim to create a methodology for developing secure systems in the Cyber Security by Integrated Design (C-SIDe) project. This methodology will allow organizations to have a better view on security of the products they create. To facilitate adoption of security-by-design, we will also work on identifying opportunities to improve the public cyber security policy aiming to support companies working on secure-by-design products. A multitude of stakeholders will work together in this project, including experts in psychology, privacy, and governance and risk management.

Key responsibilities
You will be conducting research in the field of organizational studies with a particular focus on cyber security. This should lead to obtaining a PhD by publishing a monograph or four articles in relevant journals on organizational studies and/or cyber security within a four-year timeframe. For that purpose, you will be following PhD courses based on an individual training and supervision plan.

You will be supporting the education activities in cyber security at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, including lecturing, marking, and providing feedback to students, and potentially support other courses to a maximum of 20% of the appointment. You will be developing teaching-related skills by (co-)teaching courses and obtaining the partial university teaching qualification (BKO).

You are expected to present your work to both academic and professional audiences and to contribute when applicable to the Dutch or international public debate on cyber security.

You should be able to work in an interdisciplinary team and in a highly self-supporting, organized and result-oriented fashion. You should demonstrate good time-management skills.

You are expected to build an (inter)national network that spans both academics and policymakers/practitioners working on topics related to crisis research. You will also participate in discussions at the Institute, the research group Cyber Security Governance and its educational activities.

Selection criteria
Prospective candidates have a Master’s degree in Organizational Studies, Business, Management, Law, or another field with direct relevance for the interdisciplinary research carried out within the research group Cyber Security Governance. We expect candidates to have demonstrable ability and enthusiasm for research at the intersection of fundamental and policy-oriented research (e.g. high grade for Master’s thesis, publications and evidence of policy-oriented research). A background in the field of cyber security is not required but it is considered an advantage. Excellent command of English is necessary.

Our organisation
Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organisation of public administration, climate change and economic crises. Contemporary issues are approached from an administrative, political, economic, legal and sociological perspective. This interdisciplinary approach gives the faculty's education and research a cross-border character. The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague. The FGGA is a young, enterprising and innovative organisation that is growing rapidly. The faculty has three scientific institutes, two centres, 3500 students and 330 staff members. For more information about the Faculty, see the website.

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a scientific institute that focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international field of security studies. ISGA operates from The Hague, centre of national and international governance and City of Peace, Justice and Security.

The Centre of Expertise Cybersecurity (CoECS) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is an institute for practice-oriented research in the wider field of cyber security within public and private organisations. It is a multidisciplinary knowledge centre consisting of 4 lectorates: Cyber Security & Safety, Cyber Security in SME’s, Network & Systems Engineering Cyber Security and Cyber Security & Risk Management.

Terms and conditions
We offer a PhD position for 4 years (1.0 FTE, 38 hrs per week), leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis. Initially you will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following 3 years on condition of a positive evaluation of progress and skills development. The gross monthly salary is set on € 2.434,- in the first year, increasing to € 3.111,- gross per month in the final year in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch universities. The position is envisaged to commence in November 2021.

Leiden University offers an attractive package of employment conditions with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and training and career development.. Our terms of employment selection model gives you some freedom to compose your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.

Diversity
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Information
Enquiries can be made to dr. Els De Busser, email e.de.busser@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications
Please submit online your application no later than 5 October 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Please note that the job interviews will be planned on 6 and 7 October 2021. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format, quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Grade list from previous education programmes followed and completed;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A sample publication (MA Thesis or other publication if applicable);
  • The names and contact details of three potential referees (no actual recommendation letters required at this stage).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

Apply now


Assistant Professor of Public Management and Leadership

 


The Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University is looking for a new colleague for the position of

Assistant Professor of Public Management and Leadership 

Project description 
This position contributes to the Institute of Public Administration’s ambition to further strengthen its education and research in this area. We are looking for candidates with a background in public administration, organizational psychology, or a comparable field. Demonstrable affinity with the policy domains health or welfare is an advantage. The new colleague will be positioned in the Public Management and Leadership research group and will be affiliated with the Leiden Leadership Centre, a platform for research and education in the field of public leadership. The research group is dedicated to team-based science and impact. It has excellent working relationships with other groups and disciplines, among which the Academic Medical Centre (LUMC), and actively seeks collaboration with public management practice.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching and developing courses in the institute's bachelor and master programmes, specifically in the area of public management and leadership, both within our own public administration programmes and in programmes with other faculties;
  • Supervising bachelor and master theses on the topic of this position;
  • Building and expanding your own line of research in the field of public management and leadership;
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary projects and interfaculty initiatives, for instance with colleagues from the academic medical centre (LUMC) on the governance of health and welfare;
  • Participate in national and international academic research networks and publish in international scientific journals;
  • Contributing to the improvement and continuation of the education and research programs of the Institute;
  • Play an active role in linking scientific research and education to the practice of policy and management on the topic of this position;
  • Contribute to the acquisition of research grants. 

Selection criteria

  • You hold a doctorate in public administration, political science, organizational psychology, sociology or another relevant field in the social sciences, with a research agenda that fits this position’s focus on public management and leadership;
  • You have demonstrable affinity with and knowledge about public management and leadership, for instance on topics such as bureaucracy and professional decision-making, organizational change and innovation, collaboration and teamwork, or diversity and inclusion;
  • You have publications in national and international scientific journals or demonstrable potential to realise them;
  • You are enthusiastic about teaching, have experience with university teaching and are open to innovative and activating teaching methods;
  • You are a team player and like to work with colleagues, who are partly employed at other institutes and faculties;
  • You have experience or affinity with collaborating with societal partners within the public sector (local, national or international) and are capable of developing and maintaining external networks;
  • You have a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are prepared to obtain this qualification within two years;
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, in Dutch and English, or are prepared to develop sufficient command of Dutch for professional purposes within the foreseeable future.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. The faculty has an international profile, is developing strongly and consists of various institutes and centres such as the Institute of Public Administration, the Leiden University College, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Centre for Professional Learning at various locations in The Hague.

The Institute of Public Administration in The Hague is one of the largest and oldest institutions for scientific research and education in public administration in the Netherlands. It combines a strong international academic reputation with a central position among international, national, regional and local government institutions, including those in The Hague.
 The institute has received various national and international research grants including several VENI and VIDI grants from the Dutch National Science Organization, and grants for collaborative work from the EU (including ERC grants). In addition, the staff is also active in contract-research and teaching, which involves local and national government but also other public organizations from within Europe.

The Institute of Public Administration consistently receives high ratings in peer reviews for both its teaching and research programmes. The institute offers a Dutch-taught bachelor's program with two tracks, a Dutch-taught master's program in Management of the public sector, an English-taught master's program in Public Administration and participates in various programs with other faculties, including the master's program Governance of Sustainability and master's programs in digitization and Population Health Management.

The University Lecturer to be recruited is part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes of recent years. There is a lot of collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines. 
For more information about the Faculty, see the website.

Terms and conditions
The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. You will be offered a temporary appointment for 18 months. Depending upon funding and performance, the position can be extended to a permanent position. The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 3,807.- to € 5,211.- gross per month based on full-time employment (scale 11 for Assistant professor).

Leiden University offers an attractive package of employment conditions with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and training and career development.. Our terms of employment selection model gives you some freedom to compose your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.

Diversity
Leiden university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Information
For general information about the content of this position, please contact Prof. Sandra Groeneveld, e-mail s.m.groeneveld@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 12 October 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Until this date applications can be addressed to Prof. Sandra Groeneveld. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • A motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A publication;
  • Proof of teaching experience and competence;
  • The names and addresses of three referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated,.

Apply now


Assistant Professor of Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Public Sector

 

The Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University is looking for a new colleague for the position of

Assistant Professor of Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Public Sector

Project description 
This position contributes to the Institute of Public Administration's ambition to further strengthen its education and research in this area. We are looking for candidates with a background in public administration, public policy, digital government or a comparable field. The new colleague will be positioned in the Digitalisation and Public Policy group, a creative and ambitious team working on digitalisation, data and AI in public policy and governance. The team is committed to team-based science and education and has excellent working relationships with other groups and disciplines, is an active member of SAILS (the interdisciplinary AI network at Leiden University), and actively seeks collaboration with public sector practice.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching and developing courses in the institute's bachelor and master programmes, specifically on the area of digital technologies in the public sector, both within our own public administration programmes and in programmes with other faculties;
  • Supervising bachelor and master theses on the topic of this position;
  • Building and expanding your own line of research in the field of public administration, specifically on the intersection of policy, governance, data and AI;
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary projects and interfaculty initiatives on artificial intelligence (AI), for instance with colleagues from the Faculty of Law and the department of computer science (LIACS);
  • Participate in national and international academic research networks and publish in international scientific journals;
  • Contributing to the improvement and continuation of the education and research programs of the Institute;
  • Play an active role in linking scientific research and education to the practice of policy and management on the topic of this position;
  • Contribute to the acquisition of research grants. 

Selection criteria

  • You hold a doctorate in public administration, political science, organizational sciences, sociology or another relevant field in the social sciences, with a research agenda that fits this position’s focus on data, AI and digitalization in public administration and policy;
  • You have demonstratable affinity with and knowledge about public governance, especially with respect to digitalisation, data, and AI;
  • You have publications in national and international scientific journals or demonstrable potential to realise them;
  • You are enthusiastic about teaching, have experience with university teaching and are open to innovative and activating teaching methods;
  • You are a team player and like to work with colleagues, who are partly employed at other institutes and faculties;
  • You have experience or affinity with collaborating with societal partners within the public sector (local, national or international) and are capable of developing and maintaining external networks;
  • You have a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are prepared to obtain this qualification within two years;
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, in Dutch and English, or are prepared to develop sufficient command of Dutch for professional purposes within the foreseeable future.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. The faculty has an international profile, is developing strongly and consists of various institutes and centres such as the Institute of Public Administration, the Leiden University College, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Centre for Professional Learning at various locations in The Hague.

The Institute of Public Administration in The Hague is one of the largest and oldest institutions for scientific research and education in public administration in the Netherlands. It combines a strong international academic reputation with a central position among international, national, regional and local government institutions, including those in The Hague.
 The institute has received various national and international research grants including several VENI and VIDI grants from the Dutch National Science Organization, and grants for collaborative work from the EU (including ERC grants). In addition, the staff is also active in contract-research and teaching, which involves local and national government but also other public organizations from within Europe.

The Institute of Public Administration consistently receives high ratings in peer reviews for both its teaching and research programmes. The institute offers a Dutch-taught bachelor's program with two tracks, a Dutch-taught master's program in Management of the public sector, an English-taught master's program in Public Administration and participates in various programs with other faculties, including the master's program Governance of Sustainability and master's programs in digitization and Population Health Management.

The University Lecturer to be recruited is part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes of recent years. There is a lot of collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines. 
For more information about the Faculty, see the website.

Terms and conditions
The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. You will be offered a temporary appointment for 18 months. Depending upon funding and performance, the position can be extended to a permanent position. The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 3,807.- to € 5,211.- gross per month based on full-time employment (scale 11 for Assistant professor).

Leiden University offers an attractive package of employment conditions with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and training and career development.. Our terms of employment selection model gives you some freedom to compose your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.

Diversity
Leiden university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Information
For general information about the content of this position, please contact Prof. Bram Klievink, e-mail a.j.klievink@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 12 October 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Until this date applications can be addressed to Prof. Sandra Groeneveld.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • A motivation letter;
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A publication;
  • Proof of teaching experience and competence;
  • The names and addresses of three referees.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

Apply now

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Post doc in simulation modelling of soil C and N dynamics

 



The Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, invites applications for a post doc
position in simulation modelling of soil C and N dynamics. The position is available for a 3-year period.

Research area and duties

Exchange of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) between agroecosystems and the environment is a major research theme within the department. Gaseous emissions of C and N and the turnover of C and N in soil influence soil fertility and environmental loads. To optimize resource use efficiency, this calls for process-based research and developments within empirical and simulation modelling, e.g. to quantify measures for reducing nitrate leaching and greenhouse gas emissions and establish impacts on long-term soil C sequestration and national C accounting. The department provides policy support at national scale. This involves pro-active research, including an integration of experimental activities and modelling for upscaling. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for further developing and applying empirical and simulation models of C and N flows at the department. This involves linkages to experimental research and to integration with national farm- and field-scale data. A particular focus will be on nitrogen emissions and soil C storage as affected by agricultural management. Results from field experiments, experiments under controlled conditions and from monitoring activities must feed into mathematically formulated simulation models used within the department and in collaborative projects with other national and international research groups. The successful candidate will also take part in teaching and supervision of students at BSc, MSc and PhD level. 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:
  • PhD degree or equivalent qualifications within agroecology or soil science
  • Solid experience of relevance to the announced position
  • Proven scientific record of national and international research collaboration
  • Experience in planning, implementing and managing research projects
  • Teaching qualifications at university level, including contribution to supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • Ability to implement interdisciplinary research and participate actively in teams
 

Place of employment and place of work

The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark. Further information on the position may be obtained from: Head of the Agroecology Department, Professor Jørgen E. Olesen (jeo@agro.au.dk) or Head of Soil Fertility Section, Professor Jørgen Eriksen (jorgen.eriksen@agro.au.dk).

The Department of Agroecology

The Department of Agroecology carries out research in agroecology, i.e. the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. 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 agricultural systems databases, laboratories 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, and around 60-70 junior researchers, postdocs and PhD students, geographically distributed between several locations in Denmark. More information can be found here.

The Department of Agroecology offers

  • A dynamic and informal, 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 to provide solutions to societal challenges.

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?

Jørgen Eriksen

Jørgen EriksenSection Manager Professor, Department of Agroecology - Soil Fertility+4587157672jorgen.eriksen@agro.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - HR Department+4587151306Nat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk

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Deadline: Monday 1 Nov 2021 at 23:59 CET




Postdoc in plant-microbe interactions

 


The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, invites applications for a three-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join the InRoot project https://mbg.au.dk/en/research/research-centres/inroot/, which focuses on the molecular dynamics of plant interactions with complex soil microbial communities.

The position is for three years and is available from March 1st 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter.
 

Job description/research project/research area

You are expected to contribute to the identification of genes controlling plant interactions with complex soil microbial communities through genome-wide association scans, transcriptome profiling and mutant characterization. The work will involve plant phenotyping and genetic manipulation as well as NGS library preparation and data analysis.
 

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in molecular biology or equivalent.

Documented experience with plant molecular biology is required. Fluency in spoken and written English is expected. Experience with characterization of molecular mechanisms of plant-microbe interactions as well as microbiome and RNA-seq profiling and data analysis is an advantage. In addition, the candidate should be able and prepared to work as part of a large team in a collaborative project.
 

Who we are/ The department

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Gene Expression, Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology and Plant Molecular Biology. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 120 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total. Please refer to http://mbg.au.dk/ for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to https://nat.au.dk/ and http://www.au.dk/  for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.
 

The successful candidate is offered:

  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance
  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure, including the GenomeDK and Computerome2 HPCs.
 

The place of work:

Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 
 

Further information:

Please contact: Associate professor Stig U. Andersen, sua@mbg.au.dk
 

Deadline:

November 1st 2021
 


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

Natural 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?

Stig Uggerhøj Andersen

Stig Uggerhøj AndersenAssociate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Plant Molecular Biologysua@mbg.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HRNat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk

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Deadline: Monday 1 Nov 2021 at 23:59 CET


PhD on Evaluating the role of seaweeds in transformative trajectories of Danish food production systems towards sustainability

 

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Environmental Science programme. The position is available from 1 January 2022 or later.

Title:
Re-advertisment: Evaluating the role of seaweeds in transformative trajectories of Danish food production systems towards sustainability

Research area and project description:
The last century has witnessed significant intensifications of natural resource abstraction by agri-food systems and various industrial activities based on linear resource management and accompanied by insufficient pollution control. The economic development has come at a severe cost of ecosystem health and integrity, which contributes to environmental impacts such as global warming, eutrophication, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss and consequently leads to reduced or even diminished natural ecosystem services that humans depend on. Meanwhile, the global societal challenge of food safety and security remains unsolved. As such, eco-innovations are necessary to optimize the environmental performance of the agri-food system while sustaining its provisioning service of food and nutrition to meet human demands.

In Denmark, agricultural trade represents a significant component of Danish economy, and 62% of  the arable land is used for intensive agriculture. By 2030, EU requirements  demand that the Danish non-quota sectors including agriculture to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 39% compared to 2005 levels. By 2050, major agricultural organizations in Denmark attempt to achieve a common goal of becoming carbon neutral.

In such transformative trajectories of Danish food production systems towards sustainability, seaweeds may play significant roles. The past decade has seen a growing interest in the exploitation of local seaweed bio-resources in Denmark due to their commercial potentials and more importantly nature of being environmentally sustainable. Seaweeds do not require no freshwater, arable land, and fertilizer during biomass growth.

Seaweeds can be integrated into agri-food systems via different pathways. Some species can be used for direct food and feed consumption, and some are rich in protein and are suitable for protein extraction. Such integrations into existing food systems contribute to the substitution of commercial food products with heavy environmental footprints. Furthermore, bioactive molecules of seaweeds may help reduce methane emissions from dairy cattle due to the inhibitory effects on ruminant enteric fermentation.

This PhD project is part of two research and innovation projects, Climate Feed  and SeaSus-protein, that are investigating the above-mentioned utilization potentials and emission-reducing effects. The PhD project is expected to contribute to creating climate-resilient Danish food systems by providing science-based decision support for relevant stakeholders on system optimization, business strategic planning, and policy making to. The expected research work includes:

  • Evaluation of the environmental performance of seaweed-based food products
  • Quantifying the cumulative carbon footprints of value chains utilizing different seaweeds and valorisation pathways
  • Assessing the ecosystem services of seaweed biomass production via harvesting algal blooms, aquaculture, and wild harvest

Qualifications and specific competences:
You have a  have a relevant Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent program with excellent academic results and preferably

  • have prior experience performing material flow analysis (MFA) and life cycle assessment (LCA); prior experience in life cycle costing or cost-benefit analysis is an advantage.
  • have good collaboration skills and can work independently
  • be fluent in English (oral and scientific writing)

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Department of Environmental Science, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark. 

Contacts:
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Professor Marianne Thomsen, mth@envs.au.dk

How to apply:
Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 1 November 2021 at 23:59 CET. Preferred starting date is 1 January 2022.

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see our application guide.

Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.

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.