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PhD Stipend in determination of property boundaries (20-22051)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Planning and Development. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 September 2022 or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions.

Job description

The PhD project will center on determination of property boundaries and especially the redetermination of existing properties. The current legislation on this and the main studies of determination of property boundaries are old and in the meantime surveying methods have changed significantly and society in general has developed. Thus, praxis has followed but theory, evaluation, and systematic investigation to support praxis is missing. There is there for a need to uncover how things are done today, and possibly further to make evidence-based recommendations about how it could or should be done? Several approaches are possible within this main framing.

The ideal candidate for this project has good academic qualifications, strong self-motivation, and a true interest in research informing the field of Surveying, Planning and Land Management. The candidate should ideally have a background as surveyor (cand.geom) or closely related background. Key requisites for the position, are also the capacity to plan and work autonomously. Documented experience with any study project within property formation and determination of property boundaries will be considered a plus. Proficiency in Danish is a requirement, due to the nature of the possible empirical data.

The candidate will be associated with the research group Land Management & Governance and will have base in Aalborg.

To apply, please send the following documents (in English unless indicated, pdf format):

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page) outlining your qualifications and motivation to conduct this project
  • Project plan (max 2 pages) addressing your understanding of the project’s problem and expected challenges, as well as your ideas to overcome them
  • CV including a list of scientific outputs (thesis, study projects, papers, etc.) and contact info for two academic references
  • Copy of MSc diploma*
  • Copy of Master thesis (in any language)
  • List of exams with ECTS and grades
  • Recommendations

*If you have not completed your Master studies at time of submission, please substitute the MSc diploma with a written statement by your supervisor specifying the expected completion date and confirming that you are expected to finish on time and send the most recent draft of your thesis.

You may obtain further information from associate professor Finn Kjær Christensen, 6196 7167, or associate professor Bent Hulegaard Jensen, 2010 9830, concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

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 Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design 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 at regular points in time.

 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 about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 9589.

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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.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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