One or more Professors in Life Cycle assessment and Circular Economy

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: · Department of Planning · Deadline June 11. 2021;

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, one or more positions as Professor in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are open for appointment from 1 October 2021 or soon hereafter. The right applicants will become part of the LCA team in The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA). The LCA team at DCEA is providing internationally leading research in consequential LCA, LCA based on globally balanced physical and monetary input-output tables, and social LCA, as well as LCA studies addressing product improvements in different economic sectors, from energy and agriculture to waste and wastewater management. These activities constitute the common ground for the research-based LCA teaching.  DCEA is an inter-disciplinary research and policy engagement centre within the field of industrial ecology, impact assessment, and environmental governance. DCEA is the leading research centre connecting impact assessment practice to theories of decision-making and governance, with a strong focus on critical engagement with governments, businesses, and civil society within regional, national and international policy making arenas. At the Department of Planning, we have about 200 employees situated at the Aalborg and Copenhagen campus. The department provides excellent research and teaching in the field of planning, technology, and society, in order to create a more sustainable future. We are interdisciplinary in the technical, natural, and social science disciplines and present a unique combination of social and technological understanding where digital and technological solutions merge with the needs of society. The research creates the foundation for educating the young people of tomorrow, and as part of Aalborg University, the research and education of the department rests on a socially engaging and problem-oriented approach. It is also at Department of Planning that the UNESCO Centre for Problem-Based Learning is at home. That helps to ensure that our educations target a job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitization, sustainability and partnerships for a sustainable transition. Aalborg University provides world-class research and education. For the third year in a row we have placed Europe's best and the world's fourth best engineering university on the list of "Best Global Universities" published by the U.S. News & World Report. Our research and educations are multidisciplinary and build on close collaborations with business and industry. This also comes from our world-renowned PBL teaching model, which is based on solving the problems of reality. These collaborations and our acknowledged research contribute new insights, new solutions to societal challenges and knowledge that are changing the world. More than 20,000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, of which over 10% are international students from various countries worldwide. To serve them, we have 3500 employees, divided between Aalborg University's main campus in Aalborg and our departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg

Job description

The work encompasses participation in international LCA research and method development, as well as case-studies, policy support, and consultancy. The team applies consequential LCA modelling. DCEA’s “Advanced LCA“ PhD course runs yearly and attracts participants from all over the world. 

The right candidates for the positions as Professors are expected to develop and strengthen these research areas, and to take on a leading role in the development of our research and engineering programs. It is expected that the candidate has experiences with supervision of Master Students and PhD students. It is also expected that the candidate has successful experiences with attracting external funding from competitive sources as teaching in the engineering program (bachelor and master) is part of the position. 

You may obtain further information regarding the position from Head of CEAA, Professor Lone Kørnøv, by mail   (+45) 9940 8287.

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Qualification requirements:
The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate’s undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered in the overall assessment. 

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail or phone (+45) 9940 7553.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here   


Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given. 

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