PhD scholarship in Behavioral Economics and Biosustainability – DTU Management

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PhD scholarship in Behavioral Economics and Biosustainability – DTU Management
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Job Description

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) along with the Department of Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management) at the Technical University of Denmark are opening a new and exciting Ph.D. position.
If your expertise lies within behavioral and experimental economics and you want to make a real-world sustainability impact, this is the chance to contribute. Your efforts will play a vital role in bringing sustainable bio-based food products to life, by applying and developing smart behavioral economics tools in the context of microbial foods of the future, e.g., fermented, upcycled, etc. 
Our goal is to educate the next generation of bilingual scientists who can apply their expertise within behavioral and experimental economics to the development of bio-based solutions. Developing and applying bio-sustainable landmarks has the potential to have a positive impact for the environment, but this can only be unleashed if people decide to engage with new solutions. We aim to advance the understanding of behavioral barriers and drivers of engagement and then develop behavioral tools that can overcome these barriers and increase engagement.
We seek talented students who find it natural to approach sustainability challenges from a behavioral economics point of view — a skill set in high demand in industry and academia. To bridge this gap, we offer a biosustainability-focused Ph.D. project in behavioral economics supervised by Toke Reinholt Fosgaard (DTU Management) with co-supervision from Sumesh Sukumara (DTU Biosustain) and Catharina Wolff von Bülow (DTU Biosustain). We will assist candidates in tailoring their course curricula to become bilingual in the project's covered domains.
We are actively looking for motivated Ph.D. candidates with behavioral and experimental economics skills. The candidate will delve into and apply behavioral economics concepts and experimental methods of the highest international standard. If you have a strong interest in behavioral economics, food, sustainability and/or biotechnology, and you are eager to apply these skills to tackle challenges, this is your opportunity.
Responsibilities and qualifications
As part of the selection process, you will collaborate with your supervisors to identify the most relevant courses for the project. These courses, totaling 30 ECTS points as required in Danish Ph.D. programs, will shape you into a bilingual scientist with profound knowledge in behavioral economic theory and experiment design, social life cycle assessment, food preference, fermentation, and more. Working with us is expected to enhance your skills with the following responsibilities:

  • Conducting systematic review of relevant behavioral economics literature in relation to, i.e., food preference and sustainability.
  • Identifying potential behavioral barriers to sustainable microbial food choices.
  • Develop behavioral experiments to test sustainable food choices in various contexts using state-of-the-art methods, i.e., on-line and lab, customer-panel surveys, and psychometric scales.  
  • Exploring and utilizing different data sources to achieve a comprehensive understanding of human decision-making. 
  • Conduct behavioral experiments in control settings and more realistic field settings.
  • Handle large datasets and carry out precise and thoughtful analysis of measured behavior.
  • Integrate the outcomes with other economic, environmental, and societal indicators.
  • Actively disseminate insights through the production of academic papers and engagement with relevant researchers and stakeholders.


  • A two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or equivalent in economics, behavioral economics, social psychology, or related topics.
  • Background in behavioral economics and experience with conducting behavioral economics experiments. 
  • Good skills in econometric and data management (with statistical software like Stata, SAS, Python, or other relevant software).
  • Ability to translate observed behavioral barriers into testable behavioral solutions.
  • Interest and experience with voluntary sustainability choices. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Also desirable

  • Knowledge in the biotechnology solutions for sustainability
  • Knowledge about consumers and/or the food industry
  • Knowledge of diverse data sources; register data, social media, data scraping

If you have the competencies and experience listed above, and you have initiative, are motivated, and eager to learn more and further improve, then you are good to go.
Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education . 
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Toke Reinholt Fosgaard (DTU Management).
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 appointment terms
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 period of employment is 3 years.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .
Further information
Our work environment is informal and characterized by knowledge sharing, respect, trust, and room for having a good time together – naturally balanced with creating tangible results. Now we are just looking forward to welcoming you to the team. 
If you would like additional information about the position, don't hesitate to get in touch with Toke Reinholt Fosgaard at [email protected]  and Sumesh Sukumara at [email protected] . You can read more about the involved departments at:

DTU Management  and DTU Biosustain .
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU. 
Application procedure 
We are screening applications on a rolling basis and the final deadline to submit your online application is 20 June 2024 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • List of publications 

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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 the society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. Explore more at .
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is at the forefront of leveraging recent advancements in reading and writing genomic code, alongside breakthroughs in automation, analytics, and data science. This combination has significantly expanded the possibilities and goals of tapping into the potential of biological systems. At the centre, big data approaches and the analysis of biological systems serve as pivotal research tools. DTU Biosustain applies these innovations to design microbial cell factories, aiming to promote sustainable practices in three key application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods. Discover more at .  
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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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3558
  • Job Category Phd
  • Posting Date 05/30/2024, 03:44 AM
  • Apply Before 06/20/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Produktionstorvet, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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