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One or more PhD stipends in modelling household behaviour and consumption patterns (20-21021)

At the Technical Faculty for IT and Design, Department of Planning, the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Planning and Development. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 June 2021 or soon hereafter. Workplace is in Aalborg or Copenhagen. The department provides high-quality research and teaching in the field of planning, technology and society in order to create a more sustainable future. We are interdisciplinary in the technical, natural and social science disciplines and present a unique combination of social and technological understanding where digital and technological solutions merge with the needs of society. Our research creates the foundation for educating the future workforce, and as part of Aalborg University, the department rests on a socially engaging and problem-oriented approach. It is also at Department of Planning that the UNESCO Center for Problem-Based Learning is at home. That helps ensure, we create educations aimed at the job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitization, sustainability and partnerships for a sustainable transition.

Job description

The stipend is part of the research project “Getting the data right” for climate footprints, a 4-year research project to provide a globally unique virtual lab and database tool for quantitative assessment of the climate effects of decision alternatives, popularly speaking ‘a climate footprint generator’, and a mechanism to ensure its continuous maintenance.

The PhD study is anticipated to cover the following aspects:

  • Identification of climate relevant household types
  • Automated procedures for allocating inputs to households to different household activities
  • Automated procedures for producing accounts of household production and leisure activities based on demographic data and survey data by household type on income, expenditure, energy by use, lifetime of household durables, dietary patterns, travel patterns, employment, social network, time usage, and tourism satellite accounts.

We expect that you:

  • Have a relevant Master’s degree in economics, data science, engineering, or antropology
  • Have experience with programming (python)
  • Have experience with complex quantitative modelling, e.g., ecosystem, economic, or social modelling
  • Have a high level of English language and communication skills, both in writing and verbally

You may obtain further information from Professor Bo Weidema bweidema@plan.aau.dk, phone 9940 8328 concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. 

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Camilla Hvass-Raun, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: chvass@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 7406.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design: www.phd.tech.aau.dk

Aalborg University provides outstanding research and education. For the third year in a row we have placed Europe's best and the world's fourth best engineering university on the list of "Best Global Universities" published by the U.S. News & World Report. Our research and educations are multidisciplinary and build on close collaborations with business and industry. This also comes from our world-renowned PBL teaching model, which is based on solving the problems of reality. These collaborations and our acknowledged research contribute new insights, new solutions to societal matters and knowledge that are changing the world. More than 20,000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, of which over 10% are international students from various countries worldwide. To support them, we have 3500 employees, divided between Aalborg University's main campus in Aalborg and our departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg.

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Agreement

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

Vacancy number

1149601

Deadline

31/05/2021

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