Vacancy Announcement - PhD scholarship in Sustainable Energy Transitions in Developing Countries

Friday 15 Sep 17

The Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, part of the UNEP DTU Partnership, invites applications for a PhD research project focused on development implications of sustainable energy transitions in Sub Saharan Africa. Read the full job vacancy advertisement here.

Project aims
The PhD project will investigate sustainable energy transitions in developing countries with a specific focus on the role and influence of government, the private sector and donor agencies, in ensuring local development benefits of this transition. This will lead to a broader aim of improving the understanding of the interface between the development states, markets and donors as they relate to the innovation, production and diffusion of low-carbon energy technologies.


Candidates should have a Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline (for example development studies, human geography, international business and management, political science, innovation studies), ideally with a focus or component on sustainable energy and climate change mitigation and/or business and innovation studies. Strong oral and written English communication skills are essential. Knowledge of another major European language is desirable but not necessary, as is prior experience with working in a developing country.

The PhD student will be selected through a competitive application process. Online applications, including a research proposal of max. 6 pages incl. references will be screened against a set of criteria and a shortlist of candidates will be invited to an interview and to present their project proposals (via skype if based abroad).

Please submit your online application no later than 7 October 2017. 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:

- 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)
- Project proposal, including background, rationale, methodological approach, case study ideas (max 6 pages)
- cCandidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. The candidate should be available to start the employment by 1 December 2017.

Salary and appointment terms 
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. The place of employment is the Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development of the UNEP DTU Partnership, located at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

Further information 
PhD supervisors will be Ivan Nygaard and Subash Dhar. Ivan Nygaard ( can be contacted directly to answer any specific questions. 









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