PostDoc/Assistant Professor for Sustainability and the Built Environment

The Center for Life Cycle Engineering at the Department of Green Technology, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a postdoc or assistant professor position (depending on qualifications of the candidates) in Sustainability in the Built Environment. This position is available from September 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Built environment stocks play multiple roles in human development and societal metabolism: they provide the physical space for our daily activities, drive the construction materials demand and cycle, entail temporal and spatial lock-ins on operational energy use and emissions, and represent an extensive reservoir of secondary materials that can be recovered at the end of life. Thus, buildings and infrastructure are at the core of both circular economy and climate change mitigation. This candidate is expected to contribute to automating built environment stocks characterization and informing circular and low carbon construction transition.

The successful candidates should have a PhD degree in industrial ecology, civil and architectural engineering, environmental engineering, geoinformatics and remote sensing, or the like. Experience with quantitative sustainability assessment such as material flow analysis is a plus. Good command of analytical expertise, geodata management, and/or programming knowledge (Python and similar) are beneficial.

Ability to work in an international multidisciplinary environment is an advantage. A collaborative mindset and proven track record is an advantage. Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills as well as an excellent command of the English language (both written and spoken) are desired.

SDU Life Cycle Engineering
The successful candidates will be affiliated with the SDU Life Cycle Engineering, which is acknowledged for its unique research on global, holistic, and systems integration of agriculture, energy, and materials sectors. The Department of Green Technology is located in Odense, the main campus of the University of Southern Denmark. Odense is a fast-growing international community with an open Scandinavian culture, affordable housing and living costs.

The position is primarily funded by an Independent Research Fund Denmark project through its Green Transition thematic funding, in which collaboration with other Danish partners (e.g., Aalborg University and the University of Copenhagen) and international partners are expected.

Further information about this position is available from Professor Gang Liu, If you experience technical problems you must contact

Conditions of employment
Employment as a postdoc or assistant professor is temporary and will cease without further notice at the end of the period. The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

Employment as a postdoc requires scientific qualifications at PhD level. The postdoc position is initially for two years, with possibility of one-year extension pending mutual agreement.

Employment as an assistant professor requires scientific qualifications at PhD level, relevant postdoc experience, and good track record in research publications. The assistant professor position is time limited for three years.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree. The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Your application including the required attachments must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying.

Attached files must be in Adobe pdf-format. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The application must be in English.

The application must include:

  • Motivation for application
  • Curriculum Vitae including information on previous employment, research, publication and teaching experience and personal contact information
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD) - Danish or English translation
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached, if any
  • Examples of the most relevant publications, if any. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication

Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline for application: August 4, 2021.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.

  • Application deadline: Aug 04, 2021
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Center for Life Cycle Engineering, Department of Green Technology
  • Denmark
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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