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The Department of Environmental Science (ENVS) at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position as Post Doc in applied environmental economics. The position is for 2 years starting as soon as possible subject to mutual agreement.

Description of the position

By 2030 investments in Nature-Based Solutions will need to at least triple in real terms if the world is to meet its climate change, biodiversity, and land degradation targets. However for this to happen, it is necessary to further increase our understanding of the multiple benefits and roles of Nature-Based Solutions, to raise awareness of their value and to demonstrate the potential of investment pathways in Nature-Based Solutions. The Invest4Nature is a new Horizon Europe funded project that aims to gain a better understanding of the economic and financial performance of NBS, considering their role for mitigation as well as climate risk reduction, to promote upscaling and investments in NBS, and to accelerate market uptake.

The selected candidate will be part of the economics team at ENVS and will collaborate with international partners from across Europe in the Invest4Nature consortium to conduct and validate a diagnostic of cost and benefit categories for Nature-Based Solutions across landscapes. The candidate will also be involved in collecting and synthesizing knowledge and evidence on the financial and economic performance of Nature-Based Solutions.
The selected candidate is expected to:

  • Conduct a diagnostic of benefits and costs relevant to Nature-Based Solutions in urban, coastal and rural landscapes
  • Contribute to expanding the Total Economic Valuation framework
  • Collect and synthesize knowledge and evidence on financial and economic performance of Nature-Based Solutions
  • Collaborate and engage proactively with city authorities and other international partners
  • Contribute to and lead on written output (reports & papers)

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society outside the university, and to contribute actively to the general public debate in areas related to the position.

Qualification requirements
The position requires experience within the field of applied environmental and/or ecological economics and integrated economic and natural scientific research. The ideal candidate therefore has experience in integrating social and natural science approaches, is skilled in performing quantitative analyses, and has a proven ability to develop methodological approaches in relation to environmental economic analyses. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have good communication and interpersonal skills for collaborating in international teams and engaging with different types of stakeholders (companies, municipalities, research institutions, NGOs).
Applicants should have completed a PhD in the field of applied environmental economics or similar and have a proven track-record of publications in high-level international peer-reviewed journals.
The candidate is expected to be highly motivated, enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment and comfortable working in teams.

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted related to some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution
and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 150 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at The department is co-located at Risø Campus with part of Department of Bioscience in Roskilde 35 kilometers west
of Copenhagen.

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Environmental Social Science and Geography research unit. The unit employs approximately 25 staff, focusing on interdisciplinary analysis of the interlinkages between the environment and society from political science, economics and sociology perspectives. The strategic foci of the unit include environmental policy development, regulation and instruments, understanding of actions and actors in policy formulation and implementation, spatial integrated modelling as well as policies and economics of ecosystem services. The results from the research are used for dissemination to the research community, in advisory services to decision makers as well as for teaching. We strive to have an inclusive and open working environment.

Expected date of accession
15 October 2022 or earlier If possible

Further information
English is the working language at the department for many of the researchers. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it is desirable that international employees are able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates (and their partners) are offered Danish courses.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Senior researcher Marianne Zandersen (; +45 22422927) or Researcher, tenure Doan Nainggolan ( ; +45 93508670).

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits. International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at AU International Center offers a full range of
services to make the transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (

International applicant? 
Please find information about entering and working in Denmark on Research at AU.

It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae - You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  •  Up to five publications

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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