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Postdoc fellow in agricultural systems

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) at the University of Copenhagen is seeking to recruit a 2-year position for a postdoc fellow to participate in research projects regarding evaluation of coffee varieties and small scale farming systems, commencing on 1st October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of tasks 

The main tasks of the postdoc fellow will be research regarding assessments of the agronomic performance, profitability and product quality of new coffee varieties in different regions in South America, Africa and Asia based on extended field work stays. This research is part of the EU H2020 project BREEDCAFS, working to develop coffee systems and genotypes able to resist climate change, and involving multiple partners in Europe and elsewhere; as such, the position requires close collaboration with highly interdisciplinary and culturally diverse research teams. Other tasks include obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication, active research fundraising, and research-based teaching. To a limited extent the position may also involve performance of other duties like advisory work for The Ministry of the Environment and Food.

Scientific environment 

The main activities at IFRO are research, education, research based public sector services and broader dissemination, particularly within the fields of environment, natural resources, global development, food and agriculture as well as consumption, bioethics and governance. The postdoc fellow will be part of the section Production, Markets and Policy. You will get to work in a pleasant, international and collaborative atmosphere with colleagues from many countries. 

Formal requirements 

Applicants must have a relevant Ph.D. degree, preferably in Agricultural Development, Natural Resource Management and Economics or similar, and must have experiences with field work in developing countries and with research in relevant fields.  

Applicants will be assessed based on their qualifications within the following scientific areas: 

  • Documented scientific qualifications, including a Ph.D. in relation to the above subject areas
  • Documented insight in agricultural systems in a developing country and smallholder context 
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative fieldwork, preferably in the tropics 
  • Documented teaching experience  
  • Documented research proposal writing and fundraising 
  • Experience with working in an interdisciplinary environment  
  • Well-developed collaborative and interpersonal skills  
  • Fluency in English; preferable also competencies in Spanish or French.  

Further information on the Department is linked here. Inquiries about the position can be made to Bo Jellesmark Thorsen. 

The position is open 1st October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment 

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically Here.  

Please include: 

  • Cover letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the postdoc position 
  • A 1-page description of a suggestion for a research plan in relation to the postdoc tasks. 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines 
  • Complete publication list 
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers 

The deadline for applications is 27th August 2017 . After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.  

You can read about the recruitment process Here.  

For more details visit the University of Copenhagen website