Professor in Building Design in the Arctic

Technical University of Denmark
Tuesday 10 Jul 18

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DTU Civil Engineering at Technical University of Denmark is a department with the overall mission of contributing to research, development, innovation and education within the following scientific areas: structural engineering, construction materials, building design, building energy, indoor environment, geotechnics and geology. The professor will be attached to the section of Design and Processes — one of the six sections comprising the department. This section presently employs 27 people including 7 PhD students.

The position will include travel activities and will have research and educational tasks at the Sisimiut Campus in Greenland as well as in Lyngby, Denmark.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position involves teaching, research, publication and scientific dissemination at high level, as well as external partnerships – all within building design in the Arctic region.
Based on a sustainable and holistic building design approach, the candidate will contribute to education and research within one or more of the following areas all related to an Arctic context:

  • Multi-dimensional design of buildings
  • Thermal and moist conditions in the building envelope
  • Structural engineering in an extreme environment
  • Degradation of construction materials
  • Building Energy; e.g. energy systems and energy savings
  • Arctic outdoor and indoor climate conditions
  • Site operation and construction
  • Maintenance and retrofitting of buildings
Other duties:
  • Educational and scientific guidance and supervision of assistant professors and researchers
  • Academic assessment work
  • Research-based innovation
  • Scientific advice
The candidate is expected to operate in an interdisciplinary research team as well as actively collaborate and coordinate with other research groups. The candidate must be able to take academic leadership and is expected to facilitate collaboration on cross-disciplinary projects with academics and industry. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to seek and obtain external funding.

The teaching tasks will be within civil engineering focusing on buildings in extreme and Arctic climate. The teaching includes lectures and practical exercises at both bachelor and master level. In the practical exercises, we take advantage of the placement of our campus in Sisimiut. Also, project supervision of final project students at both bachelor and master level must be expected. In addition, supervision of students at internships in Greenlandic companies is a part of the position.
The successful candidate will collaborate with other research groups at DTU Civil Engineering as well as at other DTU departments on subjects relevant to buildings in the Arctic; e.g. energy and environment. Collaboration with other universities in the Artic as wells as partners in the construction Industry is of outmost importance and the candidate regards such initiatives as a matter of course.

The successful candidate is expected to take a lead position in teaching at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels.

The qualified candidate should have an internationally recognized academic and professional profile. More specifically the following qualifications should be met:
  • A high degree of original scientific production at international level that has contributed to the further development of the engineering aspects of sustainable design of buildings and facilities in the Arctic region
  • Documented and successful teaching experience at different levels within the courses offered to MEng. BSc and MSc.
  • The department’s teaching activities in Sisimiut are in Danish and thus it is expected that the chosen candidate can take on these duties, and therefore is fluent in Danish/Scandinavian language. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within a short period of time.
  • Documented experience in research management, including the performance of management tasks linked to national or international projects, research programmes, conferences, etc.
  • Documented experience and success in attracting external funding
  • Documented experience in coordination of a research team, incl. scientists and technical staff
The qualified candidate should be familiar with arctic societies and conditions under which building design, construction and maintenance takes places.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to
  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Communication skills
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to
  • scientific production at international level related to an Artic setting
  • visions within the research area
  • track record for external funding of research
  • ability to lead and develop a research team
  • the ability to teach and experience with teaching the Arctic setting
  • the ability to disseminate and promote research results
  • an all-round experience basis, including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to the development of internal and external cooperation
  • experience with innovation activities including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • knowledge about Greenland and the Arctic physical environment
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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position will include both research and teaching duties in Greenland thus some travelling must be expected.

Further information
Hartmanns A/S will assist DTU with carrying out the recruitment process.

For any inquiries, please contact Senior Business Consultant Flemming Iversen at Hartmanns by e-mail or +45 4121 1365 or Senior Business Consultant Manager Jens Hein by e-mail or +45 4121 1315.

As Hartmanns A/S is responsible for the full recruitment process, all inquiries should be directed to this contact.

You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 24 September 2018 (local 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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • CV
  • A vision for future research
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Civil Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the department provides research, study programmes, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil engineering.

The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena,—we combine theory and practice.

DTU Civil Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 persons.
The focus of research in the Section of Design and Processes on construction of entire buildings considering all relevant functional requirements simultaneously. The goal is to provide quality of life including applicability, comfort, experience, sustainability and safety.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.