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About the Project

At DTU Construct you will break new ground at the absolute forefront for enabling the design of sustainable solutions and be an active part of REBOUNDLESS, a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant project, recently awarded by the European Research Council.

You will contribute to the development of the reboundless design theory, a paradigm shift in design science that will establish the scientific knowledge for preventing rebound effects (i.e., unintended consequences of interventions that arise due to induced changes in system behaviour leading to higher sustainability impacts). You will have the opportunity to join top interdisciplinary scientists from all over the world and make a personal impact in solving some of the most critical challenges the world is facing.

Never before has there been a stronger global focus on solving the pressing sustainability challenges, but the expected positive societal impact will not be achieved unless rebound effects are prevented.

Responsibilities and qualifications:

Modelling and simulating the occurrence of rebound effects

Your focus will be to support the modelling and simulation of rebound effects triggered by efficiency, effectiveness and sufficiency design strategies, building upon systemic mechanisms of rebound effects across four needs (housing, nutrition, mobility and consumables).

More specifically, you will focus on qualitative modelling and quantitative simulation of rebound effects, further advancing current knowledge and enabling the rebound quantification. In collaboration with a system dynamics and sustainability transition researcher, you will support the development of generic qualitative and quantitative structures for rebound effects and the identify key leverage points in the system. Your primary task will include: 

  • Collect, categorize and systematize cases with empirical evidence of rebound effects (incl. primary and secondary data collection)
  • Perform model-based case studies (incl. primary and secondary data collection)
  • Develop qualitative (causal loop diagrams) and quantitative models (stock and flow diagrams) based on system dynamics best practices
  • Identify the key leverage points for preventing the occurrence of rebound effects
  • Publish research results in high-end scientific articles and conferences
  • Support with supervision of BSc and MSc students, as well as engage in teaching activities

Your new workplace will be DTU’s main campus in Kgs. Lyngby, Copenhagen. 

MSc in System Dynamics, Engineering Systems, or related areas

We are looking for a talented and ambitious early-stage scientist with a collaborative mindset and critical thinking backed by excellent communication ability in written and spoken English. Equally important is it that you like to create results based on knowledge sharing and positive teamwork.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree within System Dynamics, Systems Engineering or related areas. 

If you bring experience within one or more of the below areas, it will be beneficial but if not, we can provide the necessary training.

  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection (incl. primary and secondary)
  • Experience with system dynamic software (e.g., Stella, Vensim)
  • Experience with group model building
  • Understanding of behavioural sciences, sustainability transitions and sustainable design
  • Statistic methods and techniques (incl. sensitivity analysis)

The REBOUNDLESS group – your new team

You will join a top-class ERC scientific team that is currently being constructed, meaning you will get the opportunity to influence our ways of working as well as our environment. When completed, our team will consist of ca. 7 researchers who work hands-in-hand (incl. academic staff, researchers, postdocs, PhD students and research assistants). Our team is part of a larger research group at DTU Construct focused on Circular Economy and Sustainable Design, within the Section of Engineering Design and Product Development. We will also actively collaborate with the DTU Centre for Absolute Sustainability.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

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. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here. 

Further information

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Daniela Pigosso at [Email Address Removed] or postdoc researcher Daniel Guzzo at [Email Address Removed]  If necessary, we will set up an additional phone call to ensure your understanding of the job and your many opportunities

More about Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at https://construct.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. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 July 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here. 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • A one-page scientific review on rebound effects (plus references)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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.

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