PhD Stipend in Environmental Assessment of Increased Use of Wood in Buildings (6-20069)

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PhD Stipend in Environmental Assessment of Increased Use of Wood in Buildings (6-20069)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of The Built Environment in Research Group on Sustainability of Buildings) in Copenhagen a PhD stipend within the PhD program Civil Engineering is available from 1 November, 2020 or soon hereafter.

Job description

The PhD project is a part of a new research project on Climate mitigation effects and environmental assessment of increased use of wood in buildings in Denmark. Today, there is a large focus on how to reduce the environmental impacts from buildings, with a special attention to the climate impacts in order to meet political goals of 70% reduction by 2030 and a net zero emission buildings in 2050. Recent analyses of the climate impacts of buildings show that the embodied impact is substantial, and that the impact can vary 2-3 times within the current building practice. Additionally, in terms of absolute sustainability, which is a measure of how the society is developing according to the planetary boundaries and a limited carbon budget, the impacts from buildings have shown to exceed the budget up to 10 times. A PhD position is now open in the Section of energy, indoor environment and sustainability/Research Group on Sustainability of Buildings, Dept. of The Built Environment in Copenhagen. This PhD work which will evaluate the possibilities for increased use of wood in buildings in building practice and the environmental impacts hereof. The project will both focus on the climate impacts and a wider scope of the environmental impacts in order to evaluate if the unilateral focus on the climate impacts leads to a risk of burden shifting from climate impacts to other environmental impacts. Furthermore, a PhD project will address the building's performance in an absolute assessment, and how can new buildings meet the goals of the Paris Agreement: and how can we then create a building that is within the framework of the CO2 budget? A central part of the research work will be in relation to the ongoing research project on Climate effect and environmental assessment of increased use of wood in buildings in Denmark

Applicants to the PhD position must hold a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Civil Engineering or similar, from an internationally recognized University. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A good knowledge of LCA and the use of LCA of buildings.
  • An experience with the use of LCAbyg tool and absolute sustainability assessment.
  • To be able to combine the above with qualitative stakeholder involvement approaches such as workshops, interviews and data collection for scenario development
  • Experience with producing scientific publications on these or related topics
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment as an independent researcher.

You may obtain further information from Head of the Research group on Sustainability of Buildings/Senior Researcher Harpa Birgisdottir ( concerning the scientific aspects of the position.

To apply, please send the following documents (in English, pdf format):

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page) outlining your qualifications and motivation to conduct this project
  • Project plan (max 2 pages) addressing your understanding of the project’s problem and expected challenges, as well as your ideas to overcome them
  • CV including a list of scientific outputs (e.g. thesis, projects, papers, etc.) and contact info for two academic references
  • Copy of MSc diploma*
  • Copy of Master thesis (in any language)*
  • List of exams with ECTS and grades
  • Recommendation letter (1 page)

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Bettina Wedde, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:,  phone: +45 99409909.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:  

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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