Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University Accepting Application

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University (AU) Roskilde (Sealand), Denmark, invites applications for a position as associate/assistant professor in environmental economics to strengthen and expand the research capacity, the research-based consultancy and the teaching activities within the area of environmental economics. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, subject to negotiation.

The Department of Environmental Science is a newly established and highly interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and computer science, to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. The department conducts pure and applied research on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Currently, about 130 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. However, the number of staff is expected to increase to 160-170 within the next four to five years. Further information may be found at (note the website is under construction).

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Social Science, employing 20 staff. The section conducts interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of environmental economics, political science and sociology. The strategic aims of the environmental economic research section include bioeconomic modelling, the economics of ecosystem services and the understanding of societal transition to a green and sustainable economy.

Description of the position

The selected candidate for the position in environmental economics is expected to:

  • Establish his/her own research programme within environmental economics
  • Participate in and lead external grant proposals in environmental economics and interdisciplinary projects
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and with external research groups
  • Supervise graduate (Master and PhD level) student research projects
  • Contribute to the teaching of graduate courses and to the development of a new education in environmental science
  • Contribute to advisory activities of relevant regulatory authorities

The department is particularly interested in strengthening the research activities within bioeconomics, econometrics, mathematical programming and/or welfare economic assessment methods applied to ecosystem services assessments, valuation of non-market and market goods and services, cost-effectiveness and cost-minimisation analysis.

Particular issues are costs and benefits of environmental policies to deal with air pollution, water and soil quality, toxic substances, solid waste, biodiversity, climate change (mitigation and adaptation), risk assessment and health.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate has strong research background in environmental economics and in applying quantitative methods. Experience in integrated modelling, valuation and/or ecosystem service assessments is preferable. The qualifications must be documented by published contributions in international high-quality research outlets.

Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to the Ph.D. graduate level and have at least 2 -3 years of post-graduate research and publication experience. Participation in international and national networks of researchers is preferable.

Applicants at the Associate Professor level should in addition to a Ph.D. degree have at least 4 – 5 years of post-graduate research and publication experience. A demonstrated research leadership and ability to define and manage research projects is expected, as is a successful record of external research funding. Participation in international and national networks of researchers is preferable.

The successful candidate must show evidence of an emerging publication record and have excellent written and oral communication skills. 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 AU 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. Within about 5 years, the department is expected move to Copenhagen.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Head of Department Dr. Niels Kroer (; +45 871 58 701) or Head of Section Dr. Berit Hasler (; +45871 58 637).

Formalities and salary range

The conditions for employment will be according to Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The salary will be according to the agreement between the relevant labour organization and the Danish Government. Outstanding foreign candidates may qualify for a reduced taxation scheme according to the articles 48E-F of the Act on Taxation at the Source (Kildeskatteloven).

Applicants at the Associate Professor level will be hired as “Senior Researcher” on a permanent contract.

Applicants at the Assistant Professor level will be hired as “Researcher” on a 4-year contract. Upon termination of the contract, a permanent position as Senior Researcher will be advertised internationally in open competition. The candidate may apply for this position.

English is spoken on a daily basis at the department. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it will be in the interest of an international candidate to be able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates are, therefore, expected to learn Danish. Danish courses will be provided (also for the spouse).

Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Filing of the application

Applicants are expected to add additional value to our existing research and educational programmes and propose viable plans for further developing them. Therefore, the application (written in English) should contain:

  • A short (1 page) letter of intent
  • A 2-3 page statement describing your research expertise and interests, including a description of how you envision you will be able to strengthen the research, consultancy and teaching at the department
  • A detailed CV, including description of previous employments, history of grant support, and consultancy experience
  • A teaching portfolio (may potentially be included in the detailed CV)
  • A list of publications
  • Documentation of academic degrees (university transcripts of diplomas)
  • Reprints of your five most significant international peer-reviewed articles
  • Names and e-mail addresses of three academic references that may be contacted

Please note that the evaluation of eligibility will be based solely on the submitted material.

The recommended level of detail.

Please apply online here


All applications must be made online and received by 23/09/2012.

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