Postdoc in mitigation of methane emission from livestock waste management

Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a two year postdoc position in the field of methane emission from stored liquid manure.

Starting Date and Period

The position is for two years and is available from the 1st of April 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description

You will be involved in developing new technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the manure management chain. You are expected to design and apply new laboratory setups to measure gas emissions from liquid manure with advanced analytical equipment involving e.g. cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) and proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). In addition, you will develop and assess new manure additives or combinations thereof with the main purpose of reducing methane emission. The studies will include measurements aimed at identifying pathways and rates of organic matter transformation to methane as affected by inhibition caused by additives. It is an advantage if you can contribute to validating and developing process based models for calculating methane emission from anaerobically stored liquid manure.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD with relevance for organic matter transformation in anaerobic stored animal manure or bio-waste and the related methane formation and emission. The applicant should be:

  • Experienced in measuring greenhouse gas emission from livestock manure or bio-waste and carbon transformation during production and emission of methane from anaerobic stored liquid manure or bio-waste
  • Experienced in experimental research within a relevant area
  • Experienced or familiar with microbial kinetics – measurements and modelling
  • Some experience in programming/coding and working with scripts is considered an advantage
  • competent in writing scientific articles and collaborating in teams
  • fluent in speaking and writing English
  • have teaching experience (not a prerequisite)

The successful candidate is employed in the Section of Environmental Engineering. Researchers in the section develops environmental technologies as well as models of physical, chemical, and biological processes that are important for environmental quality. The models, which include detailed process-based approaches and simpler decision-support tools, contribute to better management of animal manure and bio-waste through generation of new knowledge and quantification of management effects. Emission of ammonia and greenhouse gases from manure management and biogas production for energy recovery from organic wastes have been the main applications to date. The work in this group depends on knowledge of chemistry, microbial transformations in natural and engineered ecosystems, mass transfer, data analysis, and computer programming. Group members collaborate with others in the department on field and laboratory experiments.

What we offer

The successful candidate is offered:

  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure
  • laboratory space, shared equipment
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance

Place of Work

The place of work is Aarhus University, Finlandsgade 12, building 5112, 8200 Aarhus N

Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact Information

Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Associate professor Anders Feilberg, phone +4530896099, 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 appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences 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 .

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.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at />

Deadline: 01 February 2021

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