PhD scholarship on Green Investments

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DTU Management invites applications for a 3-year position as PhD student with a focus on decarbonisation of pension investments. We are looking for an excellent candidate with a degree within sociology, STS, anthropology, environmental studies, human geography or political science.

How does decarbonisation take place in practice when big economic actors wish to change from investments in fossil to green investments? What different valuations play a role in the difficult negotiations involving economic gains and the future of the planet?

The project is placed within a larger research project on how actors in the Scandinavian pension market strive to achieve divestment in fossil fuels. The PhD student will become a member of an excellent Scandinavian research group as well as a local research environment in Science and Technology Studies in the Division for Responsible Innovation and Design at DTU. In the selection an interest in interdisciplinary research will be considered.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The PhD position is in Science and Technology Studies (STS) with a focus on how actors in the pension market and civil society are seeking to transform the value regimes that govern the rationale and practices of investments in order to increase fossil divestment. You will conduct a qualitative case study of a Danish case and be involved in collaborative and comparative STS research within the project (entitled Fossil Free Futures).

The PhD position involves independent research under supervision from experienced colleagues, obligations as teaching assistant, participation in PhD courses and dissemination activities. Our division values a collective, generous, playful and supportive work environment and we expect you to contribute to this. 

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. You should have a background in STS, sociology, anthropology or similar. You should have excellent methodological competences and experience with qualitative methods. Familiarity with sociology of markets/valuation studies and/or pension funds is an advantage.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.   

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

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

The position is a full time position and the starting date is 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible hereafter.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information including a copy of the project description of Fossil Free Futures may be obtained from Project leader and Head of Division, Professor Maja Horst,

Information about the Fossil Free Futures may also be obtained here: SCORE.

You can read more about DTU Management at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 
19 October 2022 (Danish 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 out 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • A project description of a PhD project on the Danish case, including suggested research questions, theoretical frame and methods of max 3 pages
  • A sample of your writing of max 10 pages

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications 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.

Who are we?
DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics. We develop solutions in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. Our research aims at strengthening welfare, productivity and sustainability within the society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department offers a wide range of courses and programs at bachelor, master and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. The department has around 200 employees, approximately 50% coming from abroad.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.