Aarhus Universitet

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Three-year postdoc position in poultry behaviour and welfare at Aarhus Universitet

Ansøgningsfrist 1. aug
Forventet start 1. okt

  • Institut for HusdyrvidenskabBlichers Allé 208830 Tjele
  • Tidsbegrænset fuldtidsstilling 1. okt 2021 - 30. sep 2024ID: 6046

At the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, a postdoc position is available starting on 1 October 2021 or soon after.

We seek a candidate with a strong background in poultry behaviour and welfare research. You will, based on your interest, be responsible for parts of research projects in collaboration with the poultry team. These projects may include investigating the causal background and preventive measures of abnormal behaviours and other poultry welfare issues, examining effects of alternative housing systems and feeding strategies on poultry behaviour and welfare and developing Precision Livestock Farming solutions aimed at improving poultry welfare. The majority of the research projects involves international collaboration with researchers both within applied ethology and in other relevant fields such as veterinary science, computer science and nutrition.

Besides creating a strong research basis, the candidate will be involved in research-based consultancy for the Danish public sector and the EU Reference Centre on Welfare of poultry and other small farmed animals. As a minor part of the position, the candidate may be asked to contribute to the teaching performed by our group. When the research projects involve students at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels, the candidate is also expected to take part in their supervision. Collaboration with farmers, poultry equipment industry, researchers and animal welfare authorities at both national and international level is part of the assignment.


  • Academic qualifications at PhD level in applied ethology or related field
  • Extensive experience in applied behaviour and welfare research, preferably in poultry
  • Experience in designing experiments and project management
  • Extensive experience in data handling and data analysis is considered a merit
  • Excellent skills in written communication of research results as evidenced by publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals
  • Good international network within the field of applied animal behaviour, preferably poultry behaviour

Further information on the position may be obtained from senior researcher Anja Brinch Riber, phone + 4587157949, email:

Place of employment and place of work

The place of employment is Aarhus University (AU) and the place of work is the Department of Animal Science, Technical Sciences, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele.


All applications must be made online and received by 1 August 2021.

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

  • 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
  • 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 .
  • 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.

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.

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