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Tenure track of Agrohydrology and Biophysical Modelling

27.09.2016 - Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences invite applications for an associate/assistant professor position within the field of Agrohydrology from [approx. beg. 2017] or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The applicant will be attached to the Agrohydrology research group at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

The main tasks will be to conduct research, including scientific publication and communication, within the field of soil physics and soil-plant-atmosphere processes, to perform research-based teaching, and to participate in examinations. Focus is on quantification of processes and biophysical mechanistic modelling. The Faculty of Sciences requires the tenure track to develop the above academic field in relation to both research and teaching/education.

The applicant is also expected to participate in knowledge exchange with society, to lead a research area, to participate in Faculty of Sciences´ innovation program, and to provide guidance of students at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

Job requirements

The successful applicant will have scientific qualifications within modelling of one or more of the following areas:
• The vertical and lateral transport of water, solutes (not least nutrients and pesticides) and particles,
• The effect of tillage on soil hydraulics and transport properties,
• Effects of soil biological, chemical and physical properties and processes on soil structure and transport processes,
• Interactions between plant growth, soil physical processes, and water and solute dynamics in the soil (including climate change aspects).
• Gas exchange between the soil/canopy system and the atmosphere (in particular CO2 and water) and coupling and feedbacks between soil and atmospheric processes.

The Agrohydrology group is responsible for the soil-plant-atmosphere-model “DAISY”, and an important task will be to coordinate and support the maintenance and further development of this model, as well as its use in research and in the public domain. This has to be done in cooperation with relevant researchers in related fields within and outside the Department. Hence, it is a requirement that the applicant has demonstrated ability in the quantification and mathematical modelling of soil-plant-atmosphere processes.

About PLEN

The vision of PLEN is to provide solutions for future challenges such as feeding an increasing human population while climate change and pollution threaten to reduce the available land. The nine sections of the department form the basis for cross-disciplinary research activities that will produce a better understanding of basic molecular processes and ecological functions of organisms and the role of these organisms within their ecosystems. Fundamental studies of plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses, and the interplay between soil, water and pollutants in the environment, form the core platform for the development of sustainable biological production systems and support human activities that will ensure a stable and secure environment. The agrohydrology group has an impressive track record in the field of preferential transport and modelling of water, carbon, nitrogen and pesticide dynamics. Ongoing work includes the dynamics in imperfectly drained soils and effects of tillage on hydraulic properties of soil. The broad expertise available at PLEN provides possibilities for future developments in several fields, for example dissolved organic carbon, phosphorus dynamics in plant and soil, transport and transformations of several other compounds or microorganisms. At the same time, it should be attempted to move technologies closer to practical use through emphasis on data assimilation and use of models in decision support.


Professor Merete Styczen
University of Copenhagen
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Section: Environmental Chemistry and Physics, the Agrohydrology group

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