Vacant positions

One or more PhD Stipends in Indoor Health Impacts (6-20067)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment (BUILD) at Aalborg University’s campus in Copenhagen one or more PhD stipends in Indoor Health Impacts within the PhD program Civil Engineering is available from 1 December 2020 or soon hereafter.

Job description

The department of Energy Performance, Indoor Environment and Sustainability at BUILD conducts research in the areas Indoor climate, human requirements in buildings, prevention of mould growth, energy efficient buildings, ventilation, lighting and environmental impact of construction and operation of buildings,.

The stipend(s) will be working in the research group “Indoor Health Impacts”. The research group focus on indoor air pollution by fungal growth, PCB and other plasticizers, flame retardants, pesticides, formaldehyde, preservatives, and the spreading of contagious diseases. Furthermore, the group investigates ventilation and the impact of everyday user behavior.

The PhD stipend(s) will be analyzing questionnaire data gathered in year 2000 focused on quality of dwellings in relation to indoor climate, dwelling description, building installations, occupant behavior, and the predictive power of these data in relation to occurrence of infectious diseases and mental disorders in the succeeding 20-year period until present time. Data for infirmity will become available via CPR-numbers and national registration of prescriptive medication purchase and diagnosis of diseases. Further information concerning dwellings may be obtained from The Central Register of Buildings and Dwellings.

The work will be done in close collaboration with other researchers both at National Institute of Public Health (SIF) at University of Southern Denmark and at BUILD. The work of the stipend(s) will be part of their joint project Impact of Housing Conditions and Indoor Climate on Public Health. The project has a further focus on development of cardio vascular diseases, diseases in lungs and airways, cancer and other chronic diseases. Together the project group will have the overarching goal of quantifying the major risk factors in the indoor climate in relation to the burden of disease in Denmark.

In order to have access to the required sensitive data the stipend will be partly employed by University of Southern Denmark and partly by Aalborg University. The stipend(s) will work at both institutions. The enrolment as a PhD student will be at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

Qualification requirements:

Aalborg University is looking for a talented candidate with background in a relevant engineering, natural science or health and medical science discipline who

  • Holds a master’s degree
  • Have experience in analysis of large data sets
  • Have knowledge of risk factors and determinants for transmission of infectious diseases
  • Have knowledge of risk factors and determinants for development of mental disorders
  • Have knowledge of important factors determining the quality of the indoor climate

It is an advantage if the candidate has experience in

  • Work with national health based data
  • Building investigations
  • Can or is willing to learn to speak and write Danish

It is also an advantage if the candidate has a keen interest in helping people to achieve healthy homes by communicating relevant scientific findings in a timely manner.

Candidates should have the ability to work in a team as well as independently and be good at networking. The candidates must have excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated application (maximum 2 pages) stating reasons for applying and qualifications in relation to the position
  • A project description
  • A curriculum vitae including personal data
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science). On request, you could be asked for an official English translation.

You may obtain further information from Søren Aggerholm by mail soa@build.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 2397. You may also contact Lars Gunnarsen, lbg@build.aau.dk, (+45) 9940 2395.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend(s).

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Bettina Wedde, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: bew@adm.aau.dk,  phone: +45 99409909.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www.phd.engineering.aau.dk 

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Agreement

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

Vacancy number

6-20067

Deadline

28/10/2020

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