Professor in Environmental /Ecological Economics 959077

Professor in Environmental /Ecological Economics 959077

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position as full professor in environmental and/or ecological economics. The position is to be filled by October 1, 2018, or as soon as possible, subject to negotiation. For the right candidate, the faculty will be able to provide a start package to ease the transfer of a research group.

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted related to some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 140 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at The department is co-located at Risø Campus with part of Department of Bioscience in Roskilde 35 kilometers west of Copenhagen.

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Environmental Social Science research unit. The unit employs approximately 20 staff, focusing on interdisciplinary analysis of the interlinkages between the environment and society from political science, economics and sociology perspectives. The strategic foci of the unit include environmental policy development, regulation, and instruments, understanding of actions and actors in policy formulation and implementation, spatial integrated modelling as well as policies and economics of ecosystem services. The results from the research are used for dissemination to the research community, in advisory services to decision-makers as well as for teaching.

Description of the position
The selected candidate is expected to:

  • Take a leading role in further development of the externally funded environmental economic research
  • Develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, and bridge with other departments at the university, as well as relevant national and international research communities
  • Take part in advisory activities of relevant regulatory authorities (national and EU) and private organizations, as lead and/or in a team with other researchers
  • Take a leading role in talent development within environmental economic by supervising graduate (Master and PhD level) students and post docs
  • Take part in the development of a new teaching programme in environmental social science, as well as other teaching programmes and courses

Qualification requirements
The position requires experience within the field of applied environmental economics. The ideal candidate has experience in integrating social sciences as well as linking social and natural science approaches is skilled performing quantitative analyses and has a proven ability to develop methodological and/or theoretical approaches in relation to environmental economic analyses.  Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have strong international networks and capabilities of building networks at international and national level.

Applicants should have several years of highly productive post-graduate research after completed PhD, and strong publication experience. A significant track record of successful external research funding, as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals are required.  Publications with high-level publishers (according to BFI (The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator) of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science) are also recognized.

A demonstrated research leadership and ability to attract large research projects and to successfully supervise PhD students and Master theses /Bachelor projects is required. Experience in conducting consultancy/advisory projects and/or developing and delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is desirable.
The successful applicant must have proven extensive international research collaboration (e.g. joint papers and proposals) and have an ability to provide inspiration and guidance for colleagues. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University in Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at AU International Center offers a full range of services to make the transition to Denmark as smooth as possible ), and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Other information
English is the working language at the department for many of the researchers. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it is desirable that international employees are able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates (and their partners) are offered Danish courses.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor and Head of Department Carsten Suhr Jacobsen (; +45 85178501) or Head of Section Berit Hasler (; +45 87158637).

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in theMemorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish). 

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

The application must be in written in English. Guidelines for filing the application may be found here. The application should contain a short letter of intent, a 2-3 page description of research expertise and future research plans.


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