Job ID: 138498

Postdoc in New Breeding Techniques for Re-domestication of Barley

Aarhus University

  • Feb. 13, 2020
  • Postdoc in New Breeding Techniques for Re-domestication of Barley
  • Department of Agroecology
  • Aarhus University
  • Mar. 16, 2020
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Food Sciences/Technology/Toxicology
    Botany/Plant Sciences
    Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Microbiology
    Biology - Genetics

Are you interested in New Breeding Techniques like e.g. CRISPR in plants and can you contribute to the development of the project NovoCrops on re-domestication of barley? Then the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University invites you to apply for a 2 year and 4 month postdoc position.

Starting Date and Period
The position is for 2 years and four months and is available from May 1st 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter. The position may be extended beyond the two years and 4 months.

Job description
The PostDoc is part of the project NOVOCrops and the PostDoc will be part of a team associated with the new Research Centre for Crop Domestication at Aarhus University and Copenhagen University. The PostDoc will use new breeding techniques like e.g. CRISPR and develop new germplasm from wild accessions.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant field (Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Science, Genetics) and have strong Academic skills.

Candidates with the following experiences will be preferred:

Experience with plant tissue culture and/or genetic transformation of plants (preferentially from cereals).
Experience in molecular biology.
Experience with Genetics.

Who we are
Section of Molecular Biology and Genetics was the first to use New Breeding Techniques like CRISPR, TALENS and cis-genesis in barley. These technologies are today also used in a range of other crop species. The section has well established facilities for our research. This includes modern lab facilities, growth chambers supporting speed breeding, green houses and semi field facilities.

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 Research Centre Flakkebjerg, 4200 Slagelse, 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: Professor, MSO, Henrik Brinch-Pedersen, Phone: +45 87158268, e-mail:

16th march, 2020

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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 here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. (

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

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

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Contact Information

  • Henrik Brinch-Pedersen
    Department of Agroecology
    Aarhus University
  • +45 87158268

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