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PhD Scholarship in Sustainability Dynamics

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Do you want to break new ground and push the boundaries of sustainable design towards higher impact? 

If you have a MSc in System Dynamics, System Engineering, or related areas and you want to work at the very front of the new scientific revolution within sustainable design, this is a job for you to thrive. 

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 tasks 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. 

Application procedure

To apply, please read the full job advertisement on our website. Please click Apply.

Application deadline: 31 July 2022 

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