Assistant/Associate professors in Civil Engineering in the Arctic

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At the Department of Civil Engineering, we are extending our activities within civil engineering in the Arctic, and two new positions, as assistant or associate professors, are open. The positions are housed by the Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK), which is located at DTU in Lyngby, Denmark and in Sisimiut, Greenland. The positions will include travel activities and will preferably be based at the Sisimiut Campus.

Responsibilities and tasks
The department is looking for flexible and enthusiastic persons, who will take part in the ongoing strengthening of the research, teaching and research-based consultancy activities at ARTEK. The positions are within one of two fields: (1) “construction and physical environment” e.g. the applicant should have experience with Arctic infrastructure engineering and geotechnics, mechanical properties of soil and rock and the implications for buildings and constructions in the Arctic. (2) “building and energy in the Arctic”, e.g. construction technique, building physics, sustainability and  energy efficient  buildings.

With these positions, we are opening up for new and interesting research fields, which will be more closely defined in collaboration with the candidates. The applicants are asked to submit an overall research plan for the actual topic, including why, what and how, as well as a description of the work in an international perspective. Links to the ongoing activities in ARTEK are mandatory.

The teaching tasks will be within civil engineering in extreme and Arctic climates. The teaching includes lectures and practical exercises at both bachelor and master level. In the practical exercises, we take advantage of the placement of our campus in Sisimiut. Also, project supervision of final project students at both bachelor and master level must be expected. In addition, supervision of students at internships in Greenlandic companies is a part of the position. Candidates who do not speak Danish should be willing to learn Danish within the first two-three years in order to be able to teach in Danish.

Diploma courses are taught in Danish, whereas the Master courses are taught in English.

The candidates are expected to undertake research-based sector consultancy in Greenland and to engage in the continuous dissemination of these activities.

Candidates for an

  • Assistant Professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent)
  • Associate Professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an Assistant Professorship and should document didactic/pedagogic training. 

Candidates must also have

  • documented experience with work in extreme climatic conditions and in remote areas.
  • experience in teaching in construction or building technology in cold climate
  • experience in teaching and research on building physics

The candidate should be open-minded and skilled in collaboration and problem solving, project planning and management. We are looking for colleagues who enjoys the challenging nature of research in the Arctic and is able to work both in a group but also independently.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • experience in teaching and education
  • scientific production and research potential at an international level
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation

Consideration will also be given to

  • dissemination skills at all levels
  • research potential and ability to attract external funding
  • knowledge about Greenland and the Arctic physical environment
We offer

DTU offers an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks alongside the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

An assistant professor will after a maximum of 4 years transfer to a position as associate professor provided that the employee is recommended for assessment and is deemed qualified. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU .

The positions are open to be filled in as soon as possible.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from section leader for Arctic Engineering and Sustainable Solutions Lisbeth M. Ottosen +45 4525 2260,

You can read more about the Department of Civil Engineering - DTU Byg and the Arctic Technology Centre on and the engineering program in Arctic Technology at

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 25 April 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications (applicants applying for the position as associate professor should indicate scientific highlights)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. )
  • Documentation for teaching experience (e.g. in the form of a teaching portfolio - applicants applying for the position as associate professor)

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