Environmental Economics – Senior Researcher/Researcher/

Environmental Economics – two positions (ID 718037)

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for two positions in Environmental Economics to strengthen the research, advisory, and teaching capability of the department. One of the positions is a fixed 4-year position as researcher (equivalent to assistant professor), while the other may be filled with a candidate at either the Senior researcher (equivalent to an associate professor) or researcher level. The positions are to be filled by 1 August 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter, 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 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 http://www.envs.au.dk.

The selected candidates 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 to decision makers, teaching as well as for dissemination to the research community.

Description of the positions
The selected candidates are expected to:
• Apply and develop state-of-the art environmental economic/ecological methods and models for the analysis of environmental regulation, policy implementation and ecosystem services
• Actively contribute to the development of externally funded research and advisory services
• Contribute to ongoing research projects and establish his/her own research programme within the research area
• Develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration between environmental/ecological economics and the natural sciences
• Contribute to the teaching of graduate courses and to the development of a new education in environmental science, which includes a degree in environmental social science

Qualification requirements
The positions require a background in environmental/ecological economics, behavioral economics or related disciplines. Documented skills in applying quantitative methods in economics as well as in integrating these with relevant disciplines within natural and social sciences will be an advantage. The qualifications must be documented by published contributions in international high-quality research outlets.

Applicants at the Researcher (assistant professor) level should as a minimum hold scientific qualifications equivalent to the Ph.D. graduate level and in addition have at least 2-3 years of post-graduate research and publication experience. The successful candidate must show evidence of a productive publication trajectory. Experience from participation in applications for external funding as well as participation in international research networks will be expected.

Applicants at the Senior researcher (associate professor) level should in addition to a Ph.D. degree have at least 4 – 5 years of post-graduate research and publication experience. Demonstrated research leadership, ability to define and manage research projects and a successful record of external research funding are required. Active participation in international and national research networks is expected.

The candidates are expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The positions, therefore, requires highly motivated scientists who are comfortable working in teams.

Aarhus University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age and ethnic background.

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 (www.roskilde.dk) is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits. Within about 5 years, the department will move to Copenhagen.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at www.workindenmark.dk. AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (http://www.au.dk/en/internationalcentre/ias/), and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Terms of employment
Appointments 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 here, and in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation here.

The salary will depend on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. Outstanding foreign candidates may qualify for a reduced taxation scheme.

Applicants at the Senior researcher level will be hired on a permanent contract. Applicants at the Researcher level will be hired on a fixed 4-year contract. Upon termination of the contract, a permanent position as Senior researcher will potentially be advertised internationally in open competition. If so, 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).

Filing of the application
The application must be in written in English. Guidelines for filing the application may be found here. The application itself should contain a short letter of intent, a 2-3 page description of research expertise and future research plans. Please indicate at which level (researcher – senior researcher) you apply.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Head of Section Berit Hasler (bh@envs.au.dk; +45 8715 8637).


All applications must be made online and received by: 10.05.2015

Please apply online here

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