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Two jobs: Postdoc in Sustainability Assessment of Food and Farming Systems, Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark

Aarhus University

Advertiser's description (via the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University)

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is offering 1-2 postdoctoral positions in Life Cycle Assessment of food and farming systems including climate labelling, starting 01-05-2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a three-year period.

You will be part of a research environment focusing on reducing the climate and environmental impact in agriculture moving towards climate friendly production systems and sustainable diets, and reducing the environmental impacts in the agricultural production. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used as one of the main tools in the system analysis of assessing climate and environmental impact of food production and other agriculture based products – also including and improving the impact categories of biodiversity, soil quality and carbon sequestration.

You will be contributing to specifically the area of improving the sustainability of food and farming systems based on farm specific and national data. In particular, you will contribute to documentation and development of LCA models and methods within this area, as well as identification of promising mitigation solutions and innovative production systems.

We expect that you will be an important part of the research environment and that you will contribute positively to the social working environment. We also expect that you will take part in our teaching activities and that you will report research results in high-impact scientific journals.

Your profile
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who has

  • A PhD in sustainability assessment of agriculture and food systems
  • Collaborative skills and ability to participate actively in teams
  • A fondness of taking the initiative and the motivation to pursue a scientific career
  • Documented experience in scientific writing and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Research experience in some of the areas of life cycle assessment (LCA) and use of LCA tools like SimaPro

Further, we will prefer candidates with some of the following qualifications:

  • Teaching and supervision experience at the BSc and MSc level
  • Interest and preferably experience in developing competitive national and international research applications
  • Insight into life cycle assessment (LCA) of plant based food systems like crops and vegetables, and into including a wide range of impact categories in LCA e.g. climate impact including soil carbon changes, and biodiversity
  • Experience with setting up models of food and farming systems in Excel or similar tools for calculating related emissions  


Read more and apply here. Applications are open until 31 January 2023.