Digital Soil Mapping in Denmark

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

Ph.d. project
Eastern Jutland
Middle Jutland

Applications are invited for two PhD fellowships/scholarships at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Agroecology programme. The positions is available from 1 November 2017 or later.

Title:
Digital Soil Mapping in Denmark, 2 PhD scholarships.

Research area and project description:
The candidates will characterize / map areas by integrating digital point and map information across Denmark. The mapping will be based on Digital soil mapping techniques and a multitude of biological and geographical factors derived from national maps of geology, soil and landscape types, digital terrain models, land uses, cropping history, and historical maps of wet areas. Statistical methods involving decision tree classification or other modelling techniques will also be deployed.

The results from the physio-geographical mapping will be made available for stakeholders within the field of research.

PhD scholarship 1) will be embedded within the Danish research and development project ‘ProvenanceDK’, The aim is to characterize terroir-like regional entities by integrating soil properties with topographic and landform attributes together with information on climate variation across Denmark. The background for the project is that the Danish food sector is losing jobs, and producers face a long-term trend of income problems.

Phd scholarship 2) will be embedded in the policy support activity within the area of wetlands of the department. The project aim on a national classification of largest Danish watercourses according to the landscape and the morphology / hydrology of river valley they pass. This knowledge is important for understanding the flow of water and nutrients between groundwater and surface water.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Scholarships are offered to candidates with a full Master degree but also to talented candidates with a Bachelor degree after their first year (60 ECTS).

MSc (or BSc) in geography, geology, agricultural sciences, natural resources management or similar. Skills and experience in GIS, geography, hydrology, agronomy and statistical techniques are preferable.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Research Centre Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark.

Contacts:
Greve, e-mail:

Application procedures

Before you applyInformation and attachments:
Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

Documentation of language skills:
The English language requirement at Graduates School of Science and Technology is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” is documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to no later than one month after the application deadline.

The following

  • In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section”Language skills documentation”.
  • This must be documented by uploading an official document from the institution stating this under “language skills documentation”. The onus is on the applicant to provide this information as GSST will not pursue information regarding language of instruction for any programmes or institutions.
The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

How to apply:
1) Find the application form:
Go to http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/opencalls/
Choose August 2017 Call with deadline 1 August 2017 at 11.59 PM MET.
You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme 'Agroecology'

2) Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any)
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: "Digital Soil Mapping in Denmark"
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3) Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

Please note that all information in the application must be in Danish or English.

As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

· Project description (½-4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.

  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed. The e-mail will also include a link to the application – GSST urges you to check that all mandatory data, marked with an asterisk (*), is registered correctly and all attached files are readable. In case of significant errors, you should reply to the confirmation e-mail with the correct details before the application deadline.

GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSST application guide here

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


Application deadline 01 August 2017

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