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Postdoc or Research Assistant – System Modeling & Sustainability

The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a Postdoc or Research assistant position to support within the European Commission-funded Horizon Europe Project DICE (“Digital Health in Circular Economy”) as soon as possible.

We invite applicants who want to contribute to the IT University’s vision of creating and sharing knowledge that is profound and leads to ground-breaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The new postdoc or research assistant will work in the Business IT department.

Job description
The candidate will focus on the fifth work package: the transition towards circular digital health. This involves two primary responsibilities. The first includes constructing data visualizations and dashboards to facilitate transition monitoring, which necessitates collection, cleaning, and merging of relevant data to produce significant visuals. The second entails the creation of dynamic transition models via system modeling and simulation. This requires engaging in relevant tasks to define modeling objectives, conducting stakeholder interviews, focus groups, workshops, developing and validating conceptual and computational models, designing and testing simulation scenarios, executing simulations and providing stakeholders with results.

The candidate will operate autonomously within an interdisciplinary team and work group from ITU and Copenhagen Business School (CBS), also interacting with partners from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Philips Electronics, World Resources Forum, GRIN AS, TU Delft, and the University of Gent, among others. This role not only contributes to the overarching project goal of developing and showcasing innovative, circular, and eco-friendly strategies for designing, collecting, directly reusing, refurbishing, remanufacturing, and recycling digital health devices, but also aids in promoting a circular transition.

General information
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

About the Business IT department
Business IT is organized in three interdisciplinary research groups Technologies in Practice, Information Systems and Digital Innovation and REFLACT. The groups share an interest in the socio-technical fabric of digitalization and digital transformation and comprise more than 30 assistant, associate and full professors. Research at Business IT provides basis for reflecting on how digital technologies may be used mindfully and beneficially in the private and public sector. Business IT offers a BSc in Global Business Informatics, a MSc in Digital Innovation & Management, and a professional part-time master programme in IT management. It hosts three research centers Center for Digital Welfare, Center for Climate IT and European Blockchain Center in addition to two academic labs ETHOS lab and BUILD lab.

Working at the IT University
Located in modern architecture, a 6-minute metro ride from the center of Copenhagen, the IT University offers an informal working environment, a varied everyday life, and a highly motivated, ambitious, competent, and diverse international faculty, with PhD degrees from 17 different countries. The IT University is an equal opportunity employer and prides itself in actively and successfully pursuing an improved gender balance among students and among faculty.

Working in Copenhagen
Copenhagen has a solid educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Copenhagen is among the world’s most livable cities according to the Economist Global Liveability Index. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

Salary and terms of employment
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and job structure for academic staff at universities.

The position is full time and the contract will run until 30-09-2026.

The candidate should ideally possess and be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in operations management, management science, or a similar field related to system modeling and simulation, evidenced by academic or professional experiences.
  • An understanding of sustainability-related issues, backed by academic or professional experiences.
  • Familiarity with data science methods and tools such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, scikit-learn, pandas, and numpy, demonstrated through projects, open-source contributions, research, or work experiences.
  • Proven skills in project coordination, evidenced by roles as project lead, principal investigator, certificates, coursework, individual research, or work experiences.
  • Theoretical knowledge in management science including optimization, simulation, mathematical modeling, and dynamical systems theory, as shown by articles or book chapters (co-)authored by the applicant.

Theoretical expertise in operations management or information systems (e.g., digitalization, digital health, sociotechnical change), as shown by articles or book chapters (co-)authored by the applicant.

Postdoc: Candidates are required to have academic qualifications at PhD level.

Research assistant: Candidates should have a MSc (or equivalent).

The application and all other documents ought to be in English and must include:

  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.).
  • A motivated application (cover letter), including a detailed description of your qualifications and brief statements of research and teaching plans.
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background.

For postdoc position:

A Ph.D. degree within a relevant field or proof of expected completion of the Ph.D. degree within 12 months  from the application deadline.

  • Relevant scientific publication or/and PhD thesis written by the applicant.
  • Documentation of pedagogical experience and teaching record within one or more of the teaching areas listed for the position.

Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Further information
Questions about the positions can be directed to Associate Professor Daniel Fürstenau, IT University of Copenhagen, dafy@itu.dk or tel. +45 72 18 51 98.
Questions related to the application procedure may be directed to HR, hr@itu.dk.

Application procedure
You can apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pressing the button “Apply for position” in the job announcement on our website.

Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

Application deadline: 5 December 2023, at 23:59 CET.

Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Tuesday December 5th, 2023