DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professors in Quantitative Sustainability Assessment

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Dec 2022

The Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) offers three full-time Assistant Professor (tenure track) positions in Sustainability Assessment. Expected start date is early 2023.

These positions aim at developing science-based solutions for addressing society’s grand environmental sustainability challenges in a team of international front-runners in quantitative, life cycle based, and absolute sustainability assessment. We have over a 16 years period been the most publishing and cited university worldwide in the research field of life cycle assessment.

The positions will allow you to collaborate with researchers and stakeholders across sectors, including international top-academic institutions and experts from the public and private sectors.

The positions are full-time and based at DTU Lyngby campus, just north of Copenhagen. Copenhagen is renowned around the world for its relaxed atmosphere and high quality of life.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Sustainability is a central element in DTU’s Strategy 2020-2025, where a strategic aim is “to develop technologies for sustainable change”. Quantitative sustainability assessment methods should be applicable inside and outside DTU, and the positions target current methodological challenges to achieve this aim.

We hence seek strong candidates with experience on one or more of the following research areas:

  • Absolute environmental sustainability assessment
  • Quantitative impact indicators and Earth system carrying capacities development
  • Definition of science-based targets and allocating carrying capacities to relevant actors
  • United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) performance assessment
  • Prospective environmental sustainability assessment
  • Multi-regional input-output (MRIO) modelling
  • Building of spatiotemporally differentiated emission inventories
  • Damage modelling and regionalization in impact assessment
  • Advancing chemical substitution and safe and sustainable-by-design (SSbD) methods
  • Big-data and computational techniques for use in sustainability assessment

We seek candidates with a high potential for creative and independent research, willingness to collaborate and interact with other researchers, the ability to teach sustainability assessment related courses and to disseminate research in seminars, conferences and in the classroom.

As part of your activities, you are expected to

  • Conducting excellent research and developing the field in one or more of the above-mentioned research areas
  • Attracting external excellence and strategic funding in your research area
  • Building collaborations on developing technologies for sustainable transition with academics within and outside DTU, and with private and public sector experts
  • Engaging actively in international network activities (e.g. UN Environment)
  • Teaching in university courses and supervision

Successful candidates are expected to develop academic visibility, and over time establish national and international research leadership within their field.

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

You will be assessed against theresponsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

What we offer
We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international and highly motivated research environment. We strive for academic excellence in a team characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by taking initiative and responsibility.

We offer an international and team-oriented research environment in an elite university based in the Greater Copenhagen area. We have excellent opportunities for collaboration within the department and across DTU departments, including teaching and supervision/co-supervision of graduate students.

Denmark is among the countries with the highest degree of digitalization, giving researchers access to unique longitudinal datasets on households, companies, etc. The department has various lab and test facilities, giving researchers access to experimental data.

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

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. Read more about the program and the recruitment processhere .

Expected starting date is early 2023 (Spring). The position is a full-time position.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Fantke, email: pefan@dtu.dk

You can read more about the DTU Sustain department at https://sustain.dtu.dk/en

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .


Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than15  December 2022 (Danish time).

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

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/ )
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications indicating 5 most relevant scientific highlights
  • H-index (Web of Science), and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org)
  • 2 support letters from professional referees (e.g. former supervisors, senior collaborators)

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain) is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society. We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers. The department has approximately 300 employees from more than 30 nationalities.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.


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