Scientific positions

Researcher/assistant professor in interactions between disease management, herd health and production 983097

The Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for a position in interactions between disease management, herd health and production available from 1 November 2018. Aarhus University offers a talented scientist a career perspective as senior scientist or assistant professor. Internationally excellent applicants have the opportunity to achieve a competitive starting grant to boost the building of their research team.
The positions
The main activity will be to conduct and develop research. The research tasks are to develop methods for assessing effect of management decisions for herd health and welfare, including, for example, effects on usage of antibiotics and productivity. The research activities are interdisciplinary and include collaboration with authorities and the livestock industry. The researcher/assistant professor is expected take initiatives in interdisciplinary research together with national and international research and industry partners, and to ensure external funding to establish a successful research programme and his/her own research team. 
Further, the researcher/assistant professor will contribute as an expert consultant providing research-based consultancy to authorities, participate in knowledge exchange with society and industry, and to contribute to research-based teaching and supervision of students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.
The candidate 
We seek a candidate with a strong background in livestock herd management research or a strong background in relevant application of statistical modelling. The desired candidate will have experience with herd health management of the major production diseases, development of quantitative management tools within the cattle production and/or expertise in regulatory impact analysis. The candidate will have strong skills in data handling and epidemiology.
Qualifications for the research/assistant professor levels at Aarhus University include minimum two years’ experience as postdoc with a relevant research profile and a strong scientific publication record. 
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 behaviour and stress biology, and epidemiology and management in which the core activities take place. The successful applicants will be working in the Section of Epidemiology and Management. 
Living in Denmark
Please visit the International Centre website ( for information about arriving to and living in Denmark for both the applicant and his/her potential family.
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 can be obtained from head of department Klaus Lønne Ingvartsen, phone +45 8715 7757, e-mail: or head of research unit professor Jan Tind Sørensen, phone: +45 8715 7923, 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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