Assistant Professor position in Environmental and Resource Economics

Updated: 22 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 May 2023

Applications are invited for a 4 year Assistant Professor position in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Department of

Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Expected start date and duration of employment
This is a 4–year position from 1 October 2023 or as soon possible.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to develop internationally recognized and successful research within the field of applied environmental and natural resource economics. Moreover, the applicant is expected to demonstrate research leadership, and contribute to further development of the externally funded environmental economic research by attracting competitive funding. The funding is expected to be both from national and international sources, including EU, Innovation Fund Denmark, relevant ministries and large private foundations.

The candidate should develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, and bridge with other departments at the university, as well as relevant national and international research communities. The position entails advisory activities for relevant regulatory authorities at national and EU level and private organizations, led by the candidate or within a team with other researchers. When part of external funded projects you can be involved in talent advisory activities.

Your profile
To be eligible, the applicant should hold scientific qualifications equivalent to a PhD level, have some years of highly productive post-graduate research, and have demonstrated strong knowledge within the field of applied environmental economics. Good ability to express oneself verbally and in writing in English is a requirement.

The ideal candidate has a strong publication record, and a proven ability to develop methodological approaches in analyses of environmental economic problems. Moreover, the candidate has experience from international research collaboration (including, e.g. joint papers and research proposals). Experience in conducting consultancy/advisory projects is desirable. Emphasis will be put on the ability to communicate research results in different contexts, including scientific advice to public sector authorities. Working knowledge of one of the Scandinavian languages is an advantage and typically needed to be PI of consultant projects.

Furthermore, the candidate is expected to possess good communication skills, and have an ability to provide inspiration for colleagues. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

Who we are
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges across economics, social science, policy analysis, geography, physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling. Both basic and applied research is conducted related to major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control, management of land, soil, water, air, and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are the cornerstone of our activities and are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 170 staff and PhD-students are working at the department.

Further information may be found at . The department is located at Risø Campus close to Roskilde 35 kilometers west of Copenhagen.

The Assistant Professor will be employed within the Section for Environmental Social Science and Geography at the Department of Environmental Science. The unit employs about 20 staff, focusing on the interlinkages between the environment and society from economics, political science, sociology, and geography perspectives. The strategic foci of the unit include environmental policy analysis, regulation and economic instruments, understanding of the preferences and behavior of economic actors and policy makers, spatially integrated modelling, and valuation of ecosystem services. Within these areas we carry out research, advisory services for policy makers, and some teaching. We are an international group, and our spoken work language is English, however tasks related to advisory work is mostly conducted in Danish.       

What we offer
The department offers:

  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.
Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Department of Environmental Science, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Professor Katarina Elofsson +4522126682,

or Head of Section, Senior Researcher, Anders Branth Pedersen, +4587158545,

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.

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