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Postdoc within soil fertility and modelling of soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in European agroecosystems

The Soil Fertility Group, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen has a vacant 2-year postdoc position. The position is open from 1 March 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Place of employment will be at Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark 
Description of the scientific environment  
The Soil Fertility research group focuses on soil and waste organic matter decomposition processes and soil nutrient turnover, availability and losses in agro-ecosystems. Our research aims at a mechanistic understanding of soil nutrient and organic matter dynamics at both the level of micro-scale biogeophysical processes and at eco-system scales, in the pursuit of increased nutrient use efficiency, improved crop productivity and reduced environmental impacts from agriculture in the 21st century.  
Project description 
The postdoc will be working on an EU H2020 research and development project, titled Nutri2Cycle - Transition towards a more carbon and nutrient efficient agriculture in Europe. The Nutri2cycle project starts from existing element flows and farm management systems and will propose, test and implement more innovative technologies, such as manure and organic waste processing for into -based fertilisers or variable rate fertilization in precision farming, to better close the nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon loops for sustainable European farming systems. The aim is to enable a transition from the current suboptimal nutrient household to the next-generation of agronomic practices, characterized by an improved recycling of nutrients (in particular N and P) as well as sustaining soil organic C. 
Job description  
The postdoc’s duties will include research within soil fertility and modelling of elemental flows in agroecosystems. Tasks will include developing scenario calculations, primarily with the dynamic soil-plant-atmosphere model Daisy (developed at University of Copenhagen, see, which allows estimates of C and N pool changes and environmental emissions for a wide range of scenarios for different climates, soils, crops, fertilisers and farm types. This will include investigating the effect of various technologieson C and N turnover and emissions to the environment. The postdoc will be working with data from other project partners as well as literature and Eurostat data on farming, crop cultivation and fertilisation practices. The postdoc will collaborate closely with a PhD fellow in the project, also placed in the Soil Fertility group, who will be undertaking life cycle assessment of the various technologies, using the model estimated emissions to the environment. The post may also include other duties.  
Required qualifications 
The ideal applicant holds professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below: 
  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in agronomy, soil science or related disciplines. 
  • Very strong knowledge of agronomy and the mechanisms that determine the turnover, transport and losses of nutrients and carbon in soil-plant-atmosphere and farming systems. 
  • Experience with management and processing of large datasets, databases and competent on methods for statistical data analysis, etc. 
  • Knowledge and experience with simulation modelling (with Daisy or other soil, agricultural or environmental models). 
  • Good interpersonal skills, experience with working in larger multinational teams. 
  • Excellent English writing and speaking abilities. 
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates 
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the position  
  • Publications 
  • Relevant work experience  
  • Other professional activities  
  • Language skills 
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Lars Stoumann Jensen,, phone +45 3533 3470. 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 
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 minimum DKK 405.203 including annual supplement (+ 17.% pension). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include:  
  • Cover letter, detailing your motivation for the application and how your background contributes to the project 
  • Curriculum vita 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans 
  • Complete publication list 
  • Separate reprints of up to 3 particularly relevant papers 

The deadline for applications is 1 January 2019, 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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Lars Stoumann Jensen


Ansøgningsfrist: 01-01-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-03-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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