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Professor in Plant Pathology 930490

The Department of Agroecology (AGRO) seeks to develop its research, teaching and advisory service within statutory plant health. The professor should have special emphasis on molecular characterization and diagnosis of important pathogens of plant health concern, including fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses. The development and implementation of novel methods such as meta-barcoding for characterization of single pathogens and also microbial communities will have high priority. It is also the aim that the professorship should link different activities at AGRO by collaborating with other research groups by providing the newest technologies for microbial characterization.
Sustainable Pest Management is one of the research areas in which the Department of Agroecology is particularly strong and from which results are delivered in line with national and global societal challenges and goals. On the European level the department is among the leaders in the field of sustainable pest management and has research activities in all disciplines of plant protection research. 

The efforts in the area of sustainable pest management are carried out across the six research sections in the department. We draw on the core competencies in biology and regulation of pests in agricultural and horticultural crops, biological control, the fate of pesticides in the environment, the effects of natural chemical substances in agricultural crops, decision support systems, crop quality, crop nutrition physiology, life cycle analyses, and farmer behaviour with regard to crop protection.
The professorship is centrally placed in the institute’s servicing of the national plant health authorities with up-to-date diagnostic protocols, knowledge and risk assessments for pests of plant health concern and supporting the industry with up-to-date diagnostic tools and protocols. The professorship will be centrally placed in maintaining and renewing the Institute’s scientific network in plant health exemplified by participation in EU projects on plant health and in the phytosanitary network EUPHRESCO. 
Successful candidate 
You are expected to: 
• be responsible for the development of the research area and implementation of basic and applied research 
• establish synergies between your own research and other related research activities to secure the needed interdisciplinary approaches 
• maintain a strong national and international network of contacts with leading research groups, as well as pursuing industrial contacts within the agro industry 
• support the development of comprehensive research-based teaching activities and participate in assessments of students at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels 
• be responsible for effective knowledge exchange with society, industry and the Danish Government
• successfully attract external research grants from industry, national and international sources 
• develop and contribute to relevant educational courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level 
• participate in MSc, PhD and post-doctoral training and be responsible for the educational guidance of assistant professors/postdocs.
The following professional and personal qualifications are required: 
• PhD degree or equivalent qualifications within plant sciences
• Documented experience as an international research leader in relation to plant pathology 
• Documented research qualifications at professorship level
• Experience in communication of research in a wide context 
• Ability to strengthen national and international cooperation within the research area 
• Documented ability to attract research funding from both industrial and public sources 
• Documented experience with supervision of postdocs, PhD and MSc students 
• Documented teaching experience
• Documented leadership skills in relation to international collaboration and development of interdisciplinary research teams
The Department of Agroecology 
The Department of Agroecology is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and includes research across agroecology, that is to say the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. We contribute to sustainable production and growth via excellent research, advice and teaching. The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff, 100 PhD students and Postdocs, and approx. 100 technical/administrative staff. Furthermore, we have a number of students and guests each year contributing to an international research environment. 

The Department works in teams and therefore self-leadership, clear and open communication, success in mentoring, supervising and teaching are important qualities needed to be successful in the Department. In addition, the Department has a strong culture that is based on openness, equality, consultation and inclusion, and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment is viewed as important. 

The Department is responsible for a Bachelor’s programme Agrobiology, and Master’s programme in AgroEnvironmental Management, taught at AU, Denmark. In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations. Staff also teach on a number of other educations offered at other Universities in Denmark and China. 

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Agroecology and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively. 
Place of Work and area of Employment / Conditions of Appointment 
The place of work is Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Position is open for appointment from 1 February2018 or as soon as possible. Individual negotiations will take place based on acknowledgement that senior research leaders may have existing commitments and need to relocate to Denmark. 

Aarhus University offers competitive start-up packages. 

For further information contact Head of Department Erik Steen Kristensen, phone: +45 20910371, e-mail:

Application procedure
Short-listing 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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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