Vacancy Announcement- PhD Scholarship for Exploring the Scope for Reducing Climate Risks and Supporting Sustainable Development

Thursday 12 Apr 18

The Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, part of the UNEP DTU Partnership, invites applications for a PhD research project focused on technologies for climate change adaptation in the context of sustainable development.

Click to read the full vacancy announcement.

Project aims
The PhD project should have an overall focus on how to assess and track effectiveness and impacts of technologies for climate change adaptation in developing countries. Specifically, the project should focus on the development of socio-economic approaches to standardize the evaluation of the technologies in terms of their costs, benefits and climate risk reduction potentials, and therefrom ease the way for better comparison, prioritization and implementation.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline (for example economics, agricultural economics, development studies), with proven skills in socio-economic assessments, and ideally with a focus or component on technologies and climate change adaptation in developing countries.

Strong oral and written English communication skills are essential. Experience from working in a developing country is an asset. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently, to plan and carry out independent research, including field work in developing countries. Candidates are expected to have a high degree of self-motivation, leading their research project with the support of supervisors.

The PhD student will be selected through a competitive application process. Online applications 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). The assessment process and final selection will be made by the project supervisor in collaboration with an assessment committee.

Application Procedure
Please submit your online application no later than April 30, 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:

- A letter of motivation (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)
- Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. The aim is to start the study in summer 2018.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Further information
The project supervisor, Sara Traerup, can be contacted at, directly to answer any specific questions.



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