Professor in Environmental Policy Analysis 894549

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position as full professor in environmental policy analysis. The position is to be filled by November 1st 2017 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 professorship i classified as grade 37.

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 120 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. he 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 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 in advisory services to decision makers, teaching as well as for dissemination to the research community.

Description of the position

The selected candidate is expected to:

  • Take a leading role in further development of the externally funded environmental policy 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 policy analysis by supervising graduate (Master and PhD level) students and post docs
  • Contribute to the development of a new teaching programme in environmental policy, as well as other teaching programmes and courses

Qualification requirements

The position requires a strong background in environmental policy analysis and qualifications within political science or environmental economics. The ideal candidate has experience in integrating social and natural science approaches and has a proven ability to develop methodological and/or theoretical approaches in relation to environmental policy analysis, applied to different environmental fields.

Applicants should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to a PhD level and in addition have several years of highly productive post-graduate research and 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 recognised.

A demonstrated research leadership and ability to attract large research projects and to successfully supervise PhD students and Master theses /Bachelor projects are required. Experience in conducting consultancy/advisory projects as well as in 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.

Further 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.

Outstanding foreign candidates may qualify for a reduced taxation scheme.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor and Head of Department Carsten Suhr Jacobsen (; +45 8715 8701).

Application procedure

Short-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).

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. (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.


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