PhD fellowships at Department of Food and Resource Economics

Updated: 22 minutes ago
Deadline: 20 Jun 2021

Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) is inviting applications for PhD scholarships to start up from 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

IFRO carries out pure basic and applied social science research and have a number of educational and public sector advisory service responsibilities within our thematic fields. We are characterized by a high involvement in interdisciplinary research at both international and national levels.

The relevant research areas for the PhD scholarships are within the following thematic areas covered by the four larger research groups at IFRO:

  • Environment and natural resources, which includes the economic regulation of environmental externalities and natural resource use, environmental valuation methods, energy economics, behavioural economics, environmental sociology and governance, conflict resolution, climate change policies, forest economics and management, fishery economics, biodiversity conservation, and environmental ethics 
  • Production, markets and policy, which include production economics, applied micro-economics, efficiency analysis, innovation, management science, organization and ownership, policy design and analysis, business economics, agricultural and food economics and policy, trade negotiations and agreements, and the impact of international trade on food and natural resources 
  • Consumption, bioethics and regulation, which includes food economics, food sociology and policy, law, consumer behaviour and policy, nutritional policy studies and nutritional sociology, public health economics and policy in both the human and the animal science fields. It also includes ethics and value aspects of food production, nutritional policy, animal husbandry, companion animals, veterinary practice, and the management of the environment and of natural resources 
  • Global development, which includes inter-disciplinary research on economic, political, environmental, and institutional dynamics in developing societies. Research areas include issues of livelihoods, small-scale industry, trade, and labour; of climate change mitigation and adaptation; of forest and natural resource management; of resource conflicts and governance; of state formation, and law.

Questions can be asked to or to Deputy Head of Department for Research Jette Bredahl Jacobsen +45 3533 1746 , , or to Head of Department Bo Jellesmark Thorsen at +45 3533 1700 , .  

Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific papers and the other parts of your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for some months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department according to the terms of appointment 

Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree related to the thematic areas mentioned above with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), relevant work experience and the potentials of the applicant’s proposed non-binding research project. 

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. 

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 330,817 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,761). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  

Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  

 Please include  

  • Cover Letter, including a motivation (maximum 1 page) and description of a suggested non-binding research project indicating your field of interest (maximum 2 pages) 
  • CV 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), 
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  

The deadline for applications is 20 June 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.  

Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.    

Invitations for interviews will be send out to a selected part of the qualified applicants in late August/beginning of September.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.  

You can read more about the recruitment process at  

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