Postdoc in Climate Change, Adaptation and Human Health – DTU Management

Updated: 4 months ago

The Division for Climate and Energy Policy at DTU Management offers one Postdoc position for a two-year period in the Climate Economics and Risk Management section. The position is part of the MAAT project (Maximising well-being with AI under deep climate turmoil).

The Lancet Commission on climate change and human health has identified the impact of climate change as the largest threat to public health in the 21st Century. The disruption to everyday practices and routine, such as commuting caused by the increasing number of climate hazards, is a key pathway in which climate change will impact human wellbeing. To ensure the health and wellbeing of the population, future adaptation measures must account for the multiple pathways in which climate change can impact human health and wellbeing. 

A proof of concept, MAAT will use reinforcement learning (RL) together with a digital twin that simulates mobility and climate events, to search for the best adaptation strategies to help cities understand and prepare for the health and wellbeing challenges that will arise due to climate change. The role of the post-doc will be to understand and measure the impact of climate change and climate change adaptation measures on health and wellbeing in the medium to long term through changes in transportation capacity and mobility patterns in the Copenhagen transport system using an agent-based modelling framework. 

You will work under the supervision of Professor Karyn Morrissey (Climate Economics and Risk Management) and Professor Francisco Pereira (Intelligent Transport Systems) both of whom are based in Department of Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management). 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences modelling the societal impact of climate change, specifically the health and wellbeing impact of climate change induced flooding. 

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Based on existing agent-based modelling tools formulate a health impact model to measure the impact of changes in the capacity of the transport system due increased flooding on population health and wellbeing within the Copenhagen region over time 
  • Work with the wider team to extend a transport model (likely SimMobility) to meet the needs of the health impact model
  • Work with the wider team to help formalize possible climate change adaption scenarios that maximise health and wellbeing from a policy perspective
  • Co-advise students involved in the project, regularly meet with PIs, and disseminate new findings in journals/conferences.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) preferably in a quantitative social science field (for example economics, public health/epidemiology, sociology, urban planning, psychology, social geography) or applied statistics or a related discipline.

We are looking for an ambitious, self-organized individual with strong project management and communication skills. Applicants should have experience in some of the following areas: health impact assessment, simulation, agent-based modelling, statistics, and data analysis. Programming skills in Python, R or similar and proficient English language skills are also required.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

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. A fulltime position, the period of employment is 2 years, with a start date of the 1 March 2024.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

This project is hosted at the Department of Technology, Management and Economics. It is a collaboration between two research sections located in nearby buildings, the Intelligent Transport Systems (building 358) and the Climate Economics and Risk Management (building 424), therefore you are expected to have a permanent office in building 424, but also interact intensively with the colleagues in building 358.

Further information
Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Karyn Morrissey ([email protected] ), Climate Economics and Risk Management, Division of Climate and Energy Policy. 

You can read more about the department here: DTU Management .

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 than 1 December 2023 (23:59 Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 

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.

About us 
DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics. We develop solutions in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. Our research aims at strengthening welfare, productivity, and sustainability within society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department is divided into four divisions: Technology & Business Studies, Management Science, Climate & Energy Policy and Transportation Science. The department offers a wide range of courses and programs at bachelor, master and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. The department has around 200 employees, with around half coming from abroad.

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 13,500 students and 6,000 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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