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2021-224-03840 Postdoc in social science studies of sustainable energy transition within housing and everyday life

The Section of Town, Housing and Property at Department of the Built Environment conducts research into housing, urban and regional transformation, energy consumption, architecture and universal design. The position is located in Copenhagen and open from April 1, 2022 or soon hereafter and for three years.

Job description

The post doc should be knowledgeable of topics related to the social science of sustainable energy transition within housing and everyday practices. The post doc will be connected to two current EU projects: HESTIA (Holistic Demand Response Services for European Residential Communities) and Shared Green Deal (Social Sciences and Humanities for Achieving a Responsible, Equitable and Desirable Green Deal). The main topic of the post doc is sociotechnical and social practice theoretical studies of energy transitions related to smart energy solutions and energy renovation within an everyday life context.

BUILD is looking for a post doc with strong skills in sociotechnical and social practice theoretical studies of energy transitions within homes and everyday practices, strong skills in qualitative research methods and experience with co-creation or participatory design methods.

Furthermore, the successful candidate has:

  • Experience on planning, organizing and analyzing qualitative research designs
  • Experience with reporting research studies
  • The ability to work in a team as well as independently and be good at networking

You may obtain further professional information from Senior Researcher Toke Haunstrup Bach Christensen by mail or phone (+45) 5142 7387.

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

 A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.

  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

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

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Camilla Bjerregaard Bock by mail or phone (+45) 9940 9582. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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