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2.5-year postdoc position in Soil Fertility

The Soil Fertility Group, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen has a vacant 2.5-year postdoc position. We are searching for an enthusiastic and dedicated person starting September 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will be working on identifying efficient green manures and catch crops, as well as relevant agro-industry residues to improve nutrient supply for organic farming purposes.

The research group has many years of experience in studies of soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and nutrient turnover, availability and losses in temperate and tropical agro-ecosystems.

Project description
Yields on Danish organic farms are in practise way below their potential. As part of the larger NutHY project this postdoc position will contribute to research on closing the yield gap, by identifying vigorous and efficient green manures and catch crops, and studying how they function on soils with lower and higher fertility. This will be done in field and laboratory trials that will examine the effect of soil fertility level and the timing of tillage on the transfer of nutrients to the subsequent main crop. Furthermore the postdoc will contribute to the identification and elucidation of hitherto un-utilised agro-industry residues as nutrient sources for organic farming purposes.

Required qualifications
The applicant should hold professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below:
  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in Soil Fertility or related areas
  • Practical experience in planning and conducting field and pot trials on plant nutrient availability and uptake
  • Practical experience with laboratory studies of nutrient turnover and availability in soils, preferably with the use of isotopes
  • Good knowledge of the mechanisms that determine the turnover of nutrients from plant and organic waste residues
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Be excellent in writing and speaking English

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the position
  • Experience in student supervision and research project coordination
  • Publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting annual salary is currently up to DKK 408,730, including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,893). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

For specific information about the postdoc position, please contact Associate Professor Jakob Magid, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences,, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 34 91.

Place of employment
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

The application must include the following documents:
  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for the application
  • CV
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description of current and future research plans matching the interest of the laboratory
  • Complete publication list
The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017, 23:59 GMT+1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the interview committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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Jakob Magid


Ansøgningsfrist: 31-03-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-09-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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