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Senior researcher in Environmental /Ecological Economics 978256

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a positions as senior researcher in environmental and/or ecological economics. The position is to be filled by September 2018 or as soon as possible, subject to negotiation.

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 135 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 academic research community, in advisory services to decision makers as well as for teaching.

Description of the position
The selected candidate is expected to:
• Take responsibility of applying and leading 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
• Take responsibility of talent development within environmental economics 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 track record of successful external research funding is required, and a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals are required. Documented research leadership and ability to attract research projects and to successfully supervise PhD students and Master theses /Bachelor projects is appreciated. Experience in conducting consultancy/advisory projects or developing and delivering undergraduate/graduate teaching is also desirable.  Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about international research collaboration and working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

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
International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor and Head of Department Carsten Suhr Jacobsen; +45 87 15 87 01) or Head of Section Berit Hasler (; +45 87 15 86 37).  

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 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. 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.

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