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Senior Researcher positions in toxicity characterization, assessing life cycle impacts on biodiversity, soil health and resources, prospective LCA, and absolute sustainability assessment

The Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) offers several full-time Senior Researcher positions in Sustainability Assessment. Expected start date is early 2024.

These positions aim at developing science-based solutions for addressing society’s grand environmental sustainability challenges in a team of international front-runners in sustainability assessment, life cycle assessment (LCA) method development, and absolute sustainability assessment. We have over a 16 years period been the most publishing and cited university worldwide in the research field of life cycle assessment.

The positions are full-time and based at DTU Lyngby campus, just north of Copenhagen, a city renowned around the world for its relaxed atmosphere and high quality of life.

Responsibilities and qualifications
We seek strong candidates with experience on one or more of the following research areas:

  • Source-to-impact modelling and geospatial assessment of environmental impacts
  • Toxicity and ecotoxicity modelling of chemicals, metals, inorganics, enzymes, plastics, etc.
  • Biodiversity and resource damage modelling and regionalization in damage assessment
  • Absolute environmental sustainability assessment for chemicals and for resources
  • Quantitative impact indicators and Earth system carrying capacities development
  • Definition of science-based targets and allocating carrying capacities to relevant entities (e.g. sectors, companies, individuals)
  • Prospective environmental sustainability assessment, including prospective inventory modelling for emerging technologies (incl. market deployment) and prospective LCA modelling
  • Multi-regional input-output (MRIO) model development and applications
  • Advancing chemical substitution and safe and sustainable-by-design (SSbD) methods
  • Big-data and computational techniques for use in sustainability assessment

We seek candidates with a strong potential for creative and independent research, willingness to collaborate and interact with other researchers, and to disseminate research in seminars, conferences and in the classroom.

As part of your activities, you are expected to

  • Conduct excellent research and developing the field in one or more of the above-mentioned research areas
  • Attract external excellence and strategic funding in your research area
  • Build collaborations on developing technologies for sustainable transition with academics within and outside DTU, and with private and public sector experts
  • Engage actively in international network activities (e.g. UN Environment)
  • Supervise PhD students and postdocs

Successful candidates are expected to develop academic visibility, and over time establish national and international research leadership within their field.

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 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

What we offer
We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international and highly motivated research environment. We strive for academic excellence in a team characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by taking initiative and responsibility.

We offer an international and team-oriented research environment in an elite university based in the Greater Copenhagen area. We have excellent opportunities for collaboration within the department and across DTU departments, including teaching and supervision/co-supervision of graduate students.

Denmark is among the countries with the highest degree of digitalization, giving researchers access to unique longitudinal datasets on households, companies, etc. The department has various lab and test facilities, giving researchers access to experimental data.

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. 

Expected starting date is spring 2024. All positions are full-time positions.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Fantke, email:

You can read more about the DTU Sustain department at

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 16 October 2023 (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 research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Possible teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience where applicable
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • Your areas of interest in which you want to work, selected from above list of research areas
  • 1-2 support letters from professional referees (e.g. former supervisors, senior collaborators)

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.

The Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain) is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society. 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. The department has approximately 300 employees from more than 30 nationalities.

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