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PhD fellow in water use in cropping systems with deep-rooted species

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in water use in cropping systems with deep-rooted species commencing 01.06.2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The ‘Crop Physiology and Cropping Systems’ group is part of the Section for Crop Production and do research focusing on plant growth and quality at the crop, crop rotation, and cropping system level. We work with the development of plants for food, feed, and biomass production. Optimization of crop production and quality include improvement of cropping systems, crop management and through breeding, based on studies of genetic diversity in key traits. Our research environment is friendly, vibrant and international, boasting scientists and students with diverse academic backgrounds. The PLEN root research facilities are located at the Taastrup Campus outside Copenhagen, and the successful candidate will be working in the Crop Physiology and Production Systems research group at PLEN in close collaboration with the project group of the DeepFrontier project

Project description
Increased exploitation of subsoil resources by crops is one option for sustainable intensification of food production as it allows increased production without adding further resources. In the “DeepFrontier” project we develop and study cropping systems with deeper root growth and resource use than current cropping systems. The focus is on soil layers from 1 to 5m depth, below the main root zone of most current crops, but within depths which can be reached by plant roots. Little is known of the potential of deep root growth and resource uptake, partly because of the difficulties of studying deep roots. The PhD project will be focused on the cropping systems with special emphasis on the effect of choice of species and management on crop production and subsoil water use. The project will include studies of deep root growth by the use of minirhizotrons and deep root water uptake by the use of ingrowth cores and water sensors. We are seeking a skilled and highly motivated PhD student with knowledge and interest in crop production, cropping systems and root growth. The 3-year position is made available by funding from The Villum Foundation.

Principal supervisor is Professor Kristian Thorup-Kristensen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences,, Direct Phone: +45 35332216.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department
Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Agronomy or similar with good results and good English skills. Applicants with knowledge of crop physiology, crop production and soil physics will be preferred. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

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

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 306,667 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,361). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
  • Please include
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 24.03.2016, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Kristian Thorup-Kristensen,, Direct Phone: +45 35332216.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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Kristian Thorup-Kristensen


Ansøgningsfrist: 24-03-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-06-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab

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