If you want to make changes in the way xenobiotic organic chemicals are assessed, we offer the possibility to pursue this ambition with a team of highly dedicated environmental chemists and ecotoxicologists. At DTU Sustain you will work at the forefront of science providing solutions to major societal challenges related chemicals, circularity, sustainability, and environmental quality.

Your overall focus will be to strengthen DTU Sustain’s competences within the areas of PBT and PMT assessments of chemicals. You will work in our section of Circularity & Environmental Impact dealing with experimental approaches to regulatory relevant testing and assessment of the fate and effects of chemicals and materials of emerging concerns. We want to strengthen our focus on PFAS and other persistent organic compounds as well as precursors to these. Your main collaborators will be with academia, public authorities, consultants, and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad.

Responsibilities and qualifications
We expect that you have a strong Danish and/or international platform within both applied science and regulation of chemicals and/or nanomaterials. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Perform research at an international level in the cross-field of persistency, (eco)toxicology, regulatory science and policy development
  • Develop concepts for screening, identification and regulation of PBT and PMT precursors
  • Interact with authorities at the national and EU level
  • Build up, develop and contribute with new approaches and experimental methods or modeling tools. 
  • Contribute to research in the group and with colleagues in the areas of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, chemicals regulation, and other related fields

Experience with the use of (Q)SARs and modelling approaches are beneficial but not a must. Though your main obligations will be within research and scientific consultancy, we offer possibilities to participate in teaching and supervison activities at BSc, MSc student and PhD level. 
You must contribute to teaching at the Department. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience 
  • Experience in chemicals regulation
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. Starting date is 1 April 2024 (or according to mutual agreement). The position is full-time. You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section, professor Anders Baun, abau@dtu.dk, tel.: +45 4525 1567. 
You can read more about DTU Sustain at www.sustain.dtu.dk 
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2024 (23:59 Danish time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience 
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Sustain is one of Europe’s largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering. We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods, and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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