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Research Assistant in Circular Economy and LCA

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning a position as Research Assistant in Circular Economy and LCA is open for appointment from 1 September  2022, or soon hereafter. The position is a 37 hour full-time position and will be based in Copenhagen and will automatically terminate 30 June 2023. At Department of Planning, we have about 200 employees situated at the Aalborg and Copenhagen campus. The department provides excellent research and teaching in the field of planning, technology, and society to create a more sustainable future. We are interdisciplinary in the technical, natural, and social science disciplines and present a unique combination of social and technological understanding where digital and technological solutions merge with the needs of society. Our research creates the foundation for educating the young people of tomorrow, and as part of Aalborg University, the department rests on a socially engaging and problem-oriented strategy. Our educations are aimed at a job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitization, sustainability, and partnerships for a sustainable transition.

Job description

The position is affiliated with the research group Design for Sustainability (DfS). The DfS research group takes a designerly approach in addressing challenges of Sustainable Development concerning health and well-being, clean energy, and responsible consumption and production. The vision of the DfS research group is to contribute to circular and sustainable transition processes through innovative and action-oriented research.

The scientific assistant’s research will contribute to a better understanding of digital competences. DfS’s research is based on close collaboration with external stakeholders: Businesses, public authorities and institutions, civil society organisations, and citizens.

Teaching will primarily be in Bæredygtigt Design (Sustainable Design - bachelor taught in Danish) and Sustainable Design (at master level which is taught in English), but also in other study programmes at the University.

Preferred applicants have documented research experience on sustainable transition and engineering design. We are looking for candidates with a Master of Science in Engineering. Experience from working with Danish businesses and public authorities is an advantage. The successful candidate must have a high level of English language and communication skills, both in writing and verbally. Experience with problem-based learning, project supervision and coordination of teaching activities is an advantage. Teaching experience in a broad range of courses on both bachelor and master level related to sustainability, engineering design, and circular economy is expected.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Michael Søgaard Jørgensen,

Qualification requirements:
The required level of qualifications is at master level. 

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
  • Copy of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and, if any, PhD) On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. 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.

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

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Søren Kjelst Klausen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 3939.

Appointment to Research Assistant may be for a period of up to three years. Reappointment may be made, but a Research Assistant can only be appointed to Research Assistant for a period of maximum three years. Further 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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