Postdoc in Adaptive Management

Aarhus University

Jutland, Denmark 🇩🇰

3 year postdoc position in adaptive management, Department of Bioscience

The Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Kalø (Jutland), invites applications for a 3 year postdoc position in adaptive management. The position is available from May 1, 2018, or as soon as possible here after.

Research area

Aarhus University Department of Bioscience is seeking a post-doctoral researcher in adaptive co-management and agricultural and environmental sciences to support multi-actor engagement in development of management strategies in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. The successful candidate will also be expected to work together with simulation modelers developing models of human decision making related to agricultural systems and wildlife management. Candidates should have experience of adaptive management in practice and the ability to act as a facilitator/moderator in training networks of varied actor groups to derive targeted strategies following rapid prototyping and elicitation methods e.g. game theory exercises / PrOACT. 

Research tasks

The candidate will need to develop a strategy for management of multi-actor groups within the H2020 EcoStack project, which aims to support sustainable agriculture through stacking of ecosystem services. There will be a need to develop a scoping study to evaluate the roles and interactions of the actor groups, and subsequently to design and facilitate actor meetings to derive a set of testable strategies.


The applicant is expected to have a PhD or equivalent in the interface between social sciences and natural resource management or agriculture. The ability to work with international networks is essential, as is experience of the interface between practical management and policy. Experience of agricultural systems and/or wildlife management is an advantage as is the flexibility to be able to work for periods abroad within the EU.

Place of work

Biodiversity Section at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Grenåvej 12, Kalø, DK-8410 Rønde (Jutland), Denmark


For further information contact Professor Christopher Topping, phone +45 87158845, e-mail: [email protected]

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 

Science and Technology 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.

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