PhD position in Collaborative Approaches (European Training Network MISTRAL Early Stage Researcher ESR11)

A PhD scholarship on “wind energy and society” is being offered by DTU, aspart of the EU-supported Marie-Curie Innovative Training Program project“MISTRAL”. Please look at the project website ( before readingfurther. The successful candidate will be hosted and supervised by thedepartment of Management Engineering (Lyngby campus), in collaboration with thedepartment of Wind Energy (Risø Campus). This project (ESR 11) will belong tothe work stream of Work Package 5; Market dimensions to social acceptance.

Research Field & Objective
As a consequence of the optimizing of the planning procedures in the formof top-down regulations and assessment procedures, there is little room forinfluence from local residents on a proposed project. The objective of thisproject is to explore new collaborative ways in which local values andinterests can become part of a negotiation process in the planning procedures,creating a space for influence and local empowerment. Tangible issues such asshare ownership, shadow flickering, noise and setback distance will beinvestigated to assess their potential as negotiators to improve acceptability.These issues are typically part of the EIA and this project will furthermoreexplore how this instrument can be more appreciative to local values, includingthe concept of a Social Impact Assessment as a component.

Responsibilities and tasks
As an Early Stage Researcher (ESR), you will be an active member of aresearch project team assisting in the delivery of research and trainingactivities of the MISTRAL Network, working on the specific topic of ‘Social acceptance, path dependency and the low carbon transition’ and requiredto work towards the expected results of this project.

The Early Stage Researcher will undertake research in the framework of theproject MISTRAL: “Multi-sectoral approaches to Innovative Skills Training forRenewable energy & sociAL acceptance”. The Early Stage Researcher will befunded for 36 months through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions(MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme. This is an initiative bythe European Commission to train creative, entrepreneurial, innovative researchers,who are able to face current and future societal challenges, and will convertknowledge and ideas into products and services for the economic and socialbenefit of Europe.

MISTRAL is an interdisciplinary network which works to understand thecomplex challenges in improving the acceptance of renewable energyinfrastructure investment, and provide innovative solutions to break downbarriers to the transition to a low carbon economy in Europe.

Key research tasks:

    Provide recommendations for improved planning procedures, including the Environmental Impact Assessment, where tangible issues can be used as negotiators to take account of local values and interests.Development of skills in negotiation and appreciation of the local development process.Participation in the outreach and dissemination activities of the MISTRAL Network project, commensurate with research at PhD level.

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or asimilar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in a social science related field,e.g. science- and technology studies, human geography, planning and publicparticipation, sustainability studies, design and innovation studies,sociology, environmental management, anthropology, political science, etc. or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to themaster’s degree in a social science related field of study.

Moreover, we expect the candidate to have a strong interest in windenergy and qualitative research experience.

The working language of the project is English and thus the candidate musthave suitable skills in both written and spoken English. The project is,however, located in Denmark and skills in Danish or a Scandinavian language isconsidered a strong advantage.

The candidate must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of theirresearch careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4 year periodis measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitleto embark on a doctorate.

They must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmarkfor more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their selection forthis post.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and thecandidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. Forinformation about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of thePhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by a committee from DTUManagement Engineering and DTU Wind Energy, in consultation with the otherMISTRAL project members. 

The assessment will be made in accordance with the specific requirementsgiven here and the more general project requirements given on the MISTRALwebsite under “Recruitment”. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for theexcellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Weoffer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. Westrive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegialrespect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the DanishConfederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed uponwith the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace is primarily DTU Lyngby Campus, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.However, co-supervision and other activities will also take place on the DTURisø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark. Moreover, all ESRs will participate ininternational secondments to other organisations in the MISTRAL network andoutreach activities with audiences beyond the research community.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here. 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Kristian Borch,tel.: +45 4525 4531, or Senior Advisor Tom Cronin, tel.: +4521327319, 

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy and DTU Management Engineeringhere: and   

Please submit your online application no later than 18 February2019 (local time). To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out theonline application form. The following must be attached in English:

    A letter motivating the application (cover letter)Curriculum vitaeGrade transcripts and BSc/MSc diplomaExcel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)Candidates for the position must also submit a short proposal (a maximum of 2000 words including references) stating their research objective, theoretical framework and intended methodological approach.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannotbegin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not beconsidered.

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

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development ofmanagement tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinkingtheoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our researchand teaching we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation anduse of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation,production and health both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and 68 PhD students. Morethan 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 differentnationalities are represented at the Department.

The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centres of windenergy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting andeducation. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department’scross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmesthat collaborate with Danish and international universities, researchinstitutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry. 

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research,education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advancescience and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands ofsociety, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address thetechnological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academicuniversity collaborating globally with business, industry, government andpublic agencies. 
Deadline: 18 February 2019
Unit: DTU Management Engineering
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Post expires on Monday February 18th, 2019