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Are you an early stage researcher searching for the opportunity to become a future leader in sustainability and policy research in energy systems? The UNEP DTU Partnership at the Department of Technology, Management and Economics invites applications for a 3-year Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) to be enrolled in our PhD programme at DTU.

The position is an Early Stage Researcher (ESR15) and Marie Curie PhD fellowship focused on Sustainability, Enabling Framework and Policy towards Increased Digitalization in Energy Sector. This is under the European Commission H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Training Networks funded project entitled Innovative tools for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (InnoCyPES) with Project ID: 956433 ( The consortium will recruit 15 Marie Curie Early-Stage Researchers working on relevant topics in this area. Working within a group of 15 talented early stage researchers and supervised by leading university faculty and industry experts, you will not only gain knowledge beyond the state of the art but also a vibrant network that could be invaluable for professional development.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Increased digitalization helps in effective control, observation and monitoring of energy systems, thus resulting in enhanced utilization and efficiency of the physical infrastructure. Expansion of highly digitalized energy infrastructure has not been considered in the past in system planning, due in part to challenges in quantifying its benefits and/or burdens, including associated environmental sustainability performance and carbon footprint.

This ESR research will investigate the environmental sustainability and carbon footprint associated with increased digitalization (and internet of things) of energy systems. The ESR will analyze different energy systems digitalization models, government policies at different levels (i.e. municipal and or national levels), institutional arrangements and key stakeholders’ engagement analysis.  The ESR will explore both top-down and bottom-up policy mechanisms. The research will undertake in-depth analysis of the role of Policy Dialogue Fora (PDF) as a mechanism for achieving better buy-in and the implementation of research findings by all relevant parties (i.e. governments, industry and society). The ESR will be responsible to develop sustainability metrics and to assess the sustainability performance and carbon footprint associated with fully digitalized energy systems. The ESR will be responsible to identify key barriers and opportunities from an environmental sustainability perspective, in a fully digitalized energy system. Finally (but not least), the ESR will develop a decision-support tool and policy roadmap for the sector to year 2030 (which is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target year, with a focus on SDG 7 – Energy and SDG 13 – Climate).

Your PhD project will result in scientific publications of the findings. You will participate in summer school and present at international conferences as part of your research training.

The secondment plan includes research stays at the following institutions i.e.: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2 months); Électricité de France, France (2 months); NARI Technology, China (2 months); University of New South Wales, Australia (2 months); and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia (2 months).

Applicants shall have proven interest in interdisciplinary research and be able to work independently as well as in a team. Additionally, the requirements below are to be met i.e.:

  • Applicants must have a university degree that qualifies for PhD studies at the time of recruitment;
  • an excellent academic record (grades of B or higher);
  • have engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and/or interdisciplinary studies degrees with the following expertise (including but not limited to): LCA modelling/ Industrial Ecology and energy policy analysis. Experience in both quantitative and qualitative skills in social research methods will be an added advantage;
  • have good command of English (minimum C1 or equivalent);

The applicants must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Early-stage researchers: Applicants must be early-stage researchers, which means at the commencement date, the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account. For international European interest organisations, international organisations, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) or an ‘entity created under European Union law’, recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Dr. Emmanuel Ackom (Senior Researcher) and Dr. Per Sieverts Nielsen (Senior Researcher).

The evaluation and assessment will be based on the principle of The European Charter & Code for Researchers.

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 the DTU PhD Guide.

Offer and benefits
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 based on the salary conditions of Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects. The period of employment is 3 years and the expected start date is 1 November 2021. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Emmanuel Ackom ( and Dr. Per Sieverts Nielsen (

You can read more about UNEP DTU Partnership at and DTU Management at   

If you are applying from abroad, you may find the following useful information on working in Denmark and DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 August 2021 (Danish time). 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • A research synopsis or a brief research proposal on how you plan to undertake the above research topic

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics. We develop solutions in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. Our research aims at strengthening welfare, productivity and sustainability within the society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department’s research is divided in four divisions: Innovation, Management Science, Sustainability and Transport. Furthermore, the department hosts a UN Collaborating Centre. The UNEP DTU Partnership conducts research, policy analysis and advising on a global scale. The department offers a wide range of courses and programs at bachelor, master and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. DTU Management employs 300 people. We offer an international environment with around 50 different nationalities represented at the department. 

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