Research Assistant for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Analyses

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Due to an expanding project portfolio the Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CCSD) Research Group, Department of Management Engineering invites applications for a position as Research Assistant with strong analytical skills, e.g., to support our ongoing work on improving the integration of economic approaches with detailed physical (climate and impacts modelling) and statistical assessments within a systemic framework.

CCSD is a multidisciplinary research team conducting both basic and applied research, comprised by economists, geographers, engineers, and natural/environmental/climate scientists. CCSD conducts basic and applied research within economics, engineering, geography and climate science, focusing on climate change and sustainable energy in the context of sustainable development – including urban development.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will complement our research team and support ongoing CCSD activities within a range of national, Nordic and EU projects. Depending on his/her specific qualifications duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation analyses e.g. in relation to the urban environment
  • Collecting and analysing indicators
  • Climate change impact assessments (related to high impact events like floods)
  • Processing of geo-referenced information and spatial data analysis
  • Engaging stakeholders from the private and public sectors

Additional responsibilities include administrative tasks such as organising meetings and conferences, project progress reporting, writing funding applications, etc.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in geography, engineering, environmental science or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Prior experience within the abovementioned research areas is an advantage but not a prerequisite. The successful candidate is expected to have skills and interests within several of the following areas:

  • An general interest in climate change research and multidisciplinary studies
  • Experience with quantitative research methods
  • Experience with one or more advanced analysis tools such as Matlab, R, Python, QGIS/ArcGIS, etc.
  • Experience in/knowledge of methods related to impact studies, such as flood modelling
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Since a number of our projects include Danish and Nordic stakeholders, proficiency in Danish (or Swedish, Norwegian) language may be an advantage

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with 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.

The place of work will be the Systems Analysis Division, DTU Management Engineering, Produktionstorvet, Building 426, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby. The initial period of employment is 1 year, starting as soon as possible.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Simon Bolwig, Group Leader, tel: +45 2132 7925, or Per Skougaard Kaspersen, Researcher, CCSD, tel: +45 2012 5884.

You can read more about the “Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Group” on   

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 12 June 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
  • Grade transcripts and BSc and MSc diploma

Applications and enclosures 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.

DTU Management Engineering aims to develop and utilise new knowledge about Systems Analysis, Production and Service Management, Management Science, and Technology and Innovation Management to benefit society. In that way the Department contributes to knowledge based growth and welfare with focus on competitiveness, productivity, sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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