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Postdoc at the Sustainability Science Centre

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 3 year position to start as soon as possible.

Your primary function will be to carry out a self-defined research project with a focus on describing or potentially contributing to a societal transformation aiming at bringing the local, regional or global community on to a sustainable development trajectory. Your PhD can be in any discipline but you are expected to have experience and interest in pursuing researching questions relevant for sustainable development. While furthering your research career, you will also be expected to work closely with the Steering Committee of the Sustainability Science Centre (SSC) in further developing the University’s activities and profile within sustainable development during your period of employment. Such activities include the development of educational initiatives, participation in the planning of scientific workshops/conferences, and dialogue with stakeholders (businesses and other) external to the university.

The SSC ( is an infrastructure linking research, educational, and outreach activities across the University. The SSC is anchored in the Rectorate and currently hosted by Globe Institute in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Governance is provided by a Steering Committee with representatives from all faculties and led by Prof. Katherine Richardson. You will work closely with Richardson in developing the University’s sustainability initiatives but your research will be embedded in the most relevant of the University’s research environments.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:
You have
• A PhD in a topic relevant for sustainable development
• An active interest in bringing research results into the service of society
• A well developed trans-disciplinary network
• Proficient communication skills
• The ability to work independently but can also work in teams and contribute to network development
• Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:
• Knowledge of the evolution in understanding of sustainable development/SDGs
• Experience with on-line teaching, MOOC development or similar activities.
• Experience in planning of scientific conferences

It is widely accepted that a fundamental transformation of society’s activities is needed in order to reduce and maintain the human perturbation of the global environment at a level that does not threaten the opportunities for future generations to thrive. Such a transformation requires not only an understanding of how humanity is impacting the global environment but also how relevant societal levers (governance, the economic/financial system, technological innovation, and individual as well as collective behavior) can be combined to effectuate the transformation. It is expected that your research project will focus on a specific aspect of this fundamental transformation towards a more sustainable society.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen. However, your research will be anchored in the most relevant research environment offered at the University.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date a soon as possible but after agreement.
Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,622 DKK/ approx. 4,616 Euro (February 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.

For further information please contact Katherine Richardson;

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:
1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
2. Description of proposed research (max. 5 pages).
3. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
4. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
5. List of publications.

Application deadline: 18 April 2021 23.59pm CET
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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