Job Posting from Aarhus University

Position as Researcher in Environmental Economic Modelling
and Policy Analysis 919398

The Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark is offering a position as Researcher for 4 years. The position is to be filled October 1st, 2017, at the latest.

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 social science, geography, economics and policy analysis to mathematical modelling, physics, chemistry, and microbiology. Both pure and applied research is conducted on 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 and climate change. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 120 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Social Science. The section employs 20 staff and focuses on interdisciplinary analyses of the interlinkages between the environment and society, involving the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. The strategic foci of the section include spatial economic modelling, economics of ecosystem services and the understanding of actions and actors in policy formulation and implementation. The results are used in advisory services for decision makers, for teaching and disseminated to the wider research community.

Description of the position
The selected candidate is expected to develop the field of research and research ideas independently and in teams, and to contribute to existing and upcoming research projects The candidate is expected to develop and apply state-of-the-art empirical environmental-economic models including spatial models to assess impacts of environmental policy options. There will be ample opportunities to develop collaborations with researchers in the environmental social science section and the environmental science department more broadly as well as with scientists from other institutions.

The selected candidate is expected to contribute to advisory work as part of the contract with the Ministry of Environment and Food, as well as other advisory projects. There will also be possibilities for contributing to the development of teaching of graduate courses on environmental economics as well as other teaching activities. Furthermore, the candidate will take part in all aspects of a university position, including research, fund raising and administration.

After the four years, the candidate is expected to be qualified for senior researcher position and has completed one or more productive stays at another university/research institution, preferably in another country.

Qualifications requirements
The position requires a background in environmental economics. Documented experience in applications of quantitative methods in economics is required. The qualifications should be documented by published contributions in international high-quality research outlets. The applicant should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to a Ph.D. qualification.

The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary international academic environment. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

To enable contributions to the advisory work the ability to communicate in Danish /Scandinavian languages is an advantage.

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 your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible ), and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

English is spoken on a daily basis at the department.

Further information:
For further information about the positions and the projects, please contact Head of Section Berit Hasler, Tel: +45 871 58637.

Application procedureShort-listing 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 the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. 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.

DeadlineAll applications must be made online and received by 20.08.2017
Please apply online here

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