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Professor in Sustainable Dairy Production 951631

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites applications for a professorship in Sustainable Dairy Production. The position is available from 1st of June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Background for the joint AU-Arla professorship
The professorship in sustainable dairy production is initiated in a 5 year joint AU-Arla project. Arla wishes to support research and innovation in resource efficient feed value chains and in cow feed rations resulting in healthy milk for healthy dairy products. Aarhus University (AU) has established the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO). The aim of CBIO is to become an international knowledge hub integrating research and development on bioeconomic production systems and recycling concepts. The Centre coordinates and focus research expertise from relevant AU-departments into a whole-chain research, and will co-fund the professorship. The professorship will be placed in the Department of Animal Science (ANIS). The mission of ANIS is to perform basic, strategic and applied research and innovation within the Department’s core activities: health, welfare and nutrition. The activities make up the science-based foundation for ANIS’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry. ANIS has strong research units within immunology and microbiology, molecular nutrition and reproduction, animal nutrition and physiology, animal behavior and stress biology, and epidemiology and management in which the core activities take place. The successful applicant will be working in the Section of animal nutrition and physiology but have responsibilities across ANIS and CBIO. 
The professorship will lead basic, strategic and applied research and innovation with special emphasis on conceptual development of sustainable dairy production systems emphasising an optimal use of land and marine based raw materials and co-products for novel feeds to further improve the overall sustainability of the dairy system. The findings of the professorship should strengthen Arla’s work to implement the sustainability performance at farm level within the Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy and future strategies within the area of sustainability. 
The goals of the professorship 
The goal of the professor should be e.g. to:
• Lead the research and innovation of conceptual development of livestock production systems by introducing new feeds with better overall sustainability performance than feeds with particular sustainability challenges like high climate impact, nutrient leaching, biodiversity loss, etc. 
• Be a leading researcher and key player in projects that cover the whole chain from sustainable intensification of biomass production via extraction and separation technologies to optimal use of the products in livestock
• Be a leading researcher and key player in more sustainable dairy production in both organic and conventional production systems.
• Attract substantial external funding for research and innovation in sustainable feed production and feeding
Potential themes and topics for the professorship could include
Two main themes in the professorship are:
• Developing more sustainable feeding and production systems, particularly addressing the challenges facing future green ambitions of Arla farmers. 
• Leading the process of bringing new biobased products produced on - and between - farm levels to a commercial level.
Within the themes the following topics are potentially in focus in the professorship:
• Securing local and more sustainable feed protein (alternatives to soy protein) from biomass in conventional and organic dairy production under different feeding strategies and describe  at animal/herd level.
• Conceptual development of livestock production systems that combine sustainable intensification of biomass production, extraction and separation technologies with optimal use of the products for ruminants on farms and between collaborating farms, e.g. dairy, swine and plant farmers.
• Research in how side-streams, that are the result of industrial processing of biobased raw materials, can be used in dairy production and quantifying positive and negative effects  on production, feed efficiency, reproduction, health and milk composition and -quality.  
• Developing new feeds that improves milk quality (e.g. health benefits) by e.g. including herbs in the grasslands or by composing a more balanced diet in biorefineries.
Further, the professor will participate in and contribute to achieve projects on e.g. sustainable intensification of biomass production for dairy feed purposes; technological optimisation of extraction processes of biomasses for animal feed use; food quality responses from feeding with new biorefined crops; interaction between feed quality, breed/cattle genomics, milk quality and human health; and overall sustainability assessment of milk production system.
Finally, the professor will have to participate in knowledge exchange with society and industry, and to be responsible for the educational training and guidance of phd’s, post-docs and assistant professors. Also, the professor will teach B.Sc and M.Sc. but the teaching will be limited to specific topics of the professorship,
A start up financing of 1.5 mio. Dkr (app. 200 k€) per year for 5 years are secured where after the professor and staff is expected to be financed at least in part by external funding. 
Qualifications for full professor level at Aarhus University include e.g. very strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience. Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here.
Place of Work and area of Employment 
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at AU-Campus, 8000 Aarhus. 

Further information on the position may be obtained from head of department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail:  

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology 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. (in Danish).

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

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