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Associate Professor

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning in Copenhagen, a part-time position (14,8 hours a week) as Associate Professor in Sustainable Energy Planning is open for appointment from 1.8.2023 or soon hereafter. At Department of Planning we have about 200 employees situated at the Aalborg and Copenhagen campus. The department provides high-quality 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 future workforce, and as part of Aalborg University, the department rests on a socially engaging and problem-oriented approach. It is also at Department of Planning that the UNESCO Centre for Problem-Based Learning is at home. That helps ensure, we create educations aimed at the job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitization, sustainability and partnerships for a sustainable transition.

Job description

The Department of Planning conducts research and teaching on planning in a broad sense, including technological, economic, and social science aspects. Within energy planning, focus is on the transition towards sustainable energy systems and how to support and accommodate the technological transition through an open and inclusive democratic discourse, policies, ownership structures and other framework conditions.  

For the specific position, generally, the research areas will be linked to the interdisciplinary study of the interrelationships between energy technology and institutional economics. This concerns both the analysis of how present policy discourses and socio-economic conditions influence the technological development at the energy scene, and the development of democratic inclusive policy discourses, policy scenarios with democratic inclusive organisations and/or institutions and market designs in the rapid transition towards renewable smart energy systems. One of our prioritized areas of research is how to involve the local population when implementing renewable energy.

The research area also concerns project-related innovative feasibility studies where the purpose is to study radical long-term technological alternatives, and to localize and study the institutional conditions that influence the realization of these technical solutions.  

Successful candidates are also expected to engage in the public debate.  

Teaching and supervision will primarily be in concrete institutional economics, technological development, and implementation processes. This will be within the bachelor’s program in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning, the master’s program in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management and the master’s program in Sustainable Cities as well as in other study programs at the University.  

Teaching in the bachelor’s program is primarily conducted in Danish – though elements can be in English. 

Teaching will primarily be within Energy, but also in other study programs at the University.

You may obtain further professional information from Henrik Lund, professor, phone: +45 99408309 or e-mail:

Qualification requirements: 

The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor, but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications within engineering or science. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.

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 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • 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 Søren Kjelst Klausen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 3939.

Aalborg University provides outstanding research and education. For the third year in a row, we have placed Europe's best and the world's fourth best engineering university on the list of "Best Global Universities" published by the U.S. News & World Report. Our research and educations are multidisciplinary and build on close collaborations with business and industry. This also comes from our world-renowned PBL teaching model, which is based on solving the problems of reality. These collaborations and our acknowledged research contribute new insights, new solutions to societal matters and knowledge that are changing the world. More than 20,000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, of which over 10% are international students from various countries worldwide. To support them, we have 3500 employees, divided between Aalborg University's main campus in Aalborg and our departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio 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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