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2022-224-04691 Assistant professor in Universal Design

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Built Environment (BUILD), a position as assistant professor in Universal Design and Accessibility is open for appointment in the Division of Town, Housing and Property from 01.11.2022 or as soon hereafter in Copenhagen. The Department of the Built Environment is Denmark's largest department in construction, civil engineering, and the built environment. The research at BUILD is rooted in the field of engineering, but it also contains important and comprehensive elements from the social sciences and the humanities. The position is available in the Universal Design Research Group at the Division of Town, Housing and Property.

Job description

The Universal Design Research Group conducts research on how the built environment can be inclusive and health-promoting for everyone regardless of age, gender, abilities, and ethnicity. In addition, the group has developed and run www.rumsans.dk – a website in Danish about Universal Design. The position in the Universal Design research group is for three years.

The position is about one or several of these themes:

  • User needs that can contribute to concretizing the use of Universal Design
  • Methods that can support the application of Universal Design during throughout the process lifecycle from the early beginning to the end of a building project
  • Methods for quality control of Universal Design solutions
  • Housing for elderly people
  • Sensory architecture

The work involves research including development of research ideas, fundraising and management of research projects, teaching and dissemination. In addition, there will be associated research-based government services and assistance in the preparation of directions. In particular, the applicant will contribute to the teaching activities at the institute including the programme ‘Master i Inkluderende Arkitektur’, which is taught in Danish. Therefore the prefered candidate should be willing to learn Danish.

Qualification requirements

We imagine that you are a qualified architect, engineer, occupational therapist or has an interdisciplinary background that combines health and the built environment.  Furthermore, we expect you to have knowledge of the actors and processes within the Danish construction industry.

You must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with other employees, public authorities, interest organizations and representatives of the construction sector in a multidisciplinary research environment.

Appointment as assistant professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Candidates should have the ability to work in a team as well as independently and be good at networking. The candidate must have excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).

Appointment as an Assistant Professor presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor cannot exceed a period of four years in total in a temporary position (appointment at Assistant Professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).

The application must contain the following: 

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with, the position.
  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed you must include an explanation for its absence.
  • References/recommendations.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. 
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. 

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

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Camilla Bjerregaard Bock by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 8582. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here  


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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