Researcher in Welfare for outdoor animals


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The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for a position as researcher for 2 years in Welfare for outdoor animals from 1 April 2024 or soon thereafter.

The position

We seek a candidate ideally with a background in animal welfare science and/or science related to sustainability in animal production, preferably with insight into management, production, health, and welfare of systems keeping animals outside.

Research tasks

The main focus of the position is:                

  • Research on the development of sustainable systems for keeping farm animals partly or entirely outdoor, and acceptance/interpretation among different groups of stakeholders (political/societal sustainability, environmental sustainability, economical sustainability)
  • Research on the development and application of systems for surveillance and documentation of outdoor animal welfare
  • Research on development of systems for small ruminants under Danish conditions
The candidate will in addition have to:
  • Teach and supervise students at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels within the scientific domain.
  • Provide research-based consultancy to authorities.

Your profile

Qualifications for the researcher level at Aarhus University must include postdoctoral training or similar with a relevant research profile and a strong scientific publication record.

The preferred candidate should demonstrate:
  • Experience in qualitative or quantitative research methods, and research experience in approaches considering effects on animal welfare and health, as well as effect on climate and the environment.
  • Ability to develop and achieve a clear research profile through international publications.  
  • A significant profile within supervision and teaching.
  • Collaboration by developing and demonstrating an efficient national and international network.
The preferred candidate is expected to join and develop ongoing research within the research group ‘Management and modelling’. The research activities are interdisciplinary and include collaboration with farmers, farm industry, authorities, and NGOs. The candidate is expected to take part in teaching and supervision of students at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels as well as of veterinary practitioners, advisors and assessors at industry and authority level.

What we offer

  • A well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment and animal experimental facilities
  • An informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism and close collaboration and networking activities
  • A workplace characterized by equality and a good work-life balance, and an open discussion across different fields of research.

Who we are

The mission of ANIVET is to perform basic, strategic, and applied research and innovation within the department’s core activities: nutrition, health and welfare. The activities make up the science-based foundation of ANIVET’S’ teaching, public sector consultancy and collaboration with business and industry.

Please refer to Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences ( for further information about the department; for information on the research unit and to and for information on the faculty of Technical Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Head of Department Charlotte Lauridsen, phone: +45 2443 9639, email:, or Head of Research Unit Jan Tind Sørensen, phone: +45 20783343 email:   

Living in Denmark

Please visit the international staff website: for information about arriving to and living in Denmark for both the applicant and their potential family.

Place of employment and place of work

The place of work is the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, AU Viborg,
Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, and the area of employment is Aarhus University (AU)
with related departments

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. 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

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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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.

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 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at



- Arbejdspladsen ligger i:

Viborg Kommune

-Virksomheden tilbyder:


Aarhus Universitet, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele


Ansøgningsfrist: 02-11-2023; - ansøgningsfristen er overskredet

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