Researcher in Information Systems, Data Management and Blokchain

DTU Management Engineering
tirsdag 27 nov 18

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The UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), part of the Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for a position as researcher in information systems, data management and impact assessment related to Climate Change.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

The UDP is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. As a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre, UDP is an active participant in both the planning and implementation of UN Environment’s programme of work on Climate Change. Through in-depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities, the Partnership assists developing countries in a transition towards low carbon development paths, and support policy integration of climate change in national development.

Responsibilities and tasks
As a researcher, the successful applicant will be expected to conceptualize, plan, and conduct academic and project-based research and analysis on information systems, data management, including possible application of blockchain approaches. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Designing and conducting research that contributes to UDP’s strategic work in the areas of impact assessment, mitigation analysis, data management for MRV and transparency.
  • Contributing to UNFCCC process in the areas of information systems, MRV systems in developing countries, notably through methodological support and technical assistance with project management and implementation.
  • Leading research on performance of different MRV systems and transparency frameworks.
  • Supervising the research of MSc students and engaging in wider DTU collaboration and including lecturing on topics related to UDP's work
  • Writing and editing academic peer reviewed articles
  • Promoting institutional collaboration and organizing technical meetings for the relevant research areas.
  • Leading the collection and analyses of qualitative and quantitative data related to transparency.
  • Capacity building, knowledge management and representation by designing learning modules, organizing technical trainings, workshops and delivering panel and technical presentations;
  • Performing coordination and administrative tasks related to procurement and contracting, budgeting, reporting to donors, and writing project proposals and submitting funding applications, among others.
  • The role also includes management and coordination tasks in relation to country projects, research networks and other cooperation activities.

Applicants should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in information systems/technology, social sciences, coupled with work experience in a topic that is directly relevant to the work of the UDP in relevant areas. Some postdoctoral work experience will be an asset.

The candidate academic skills will be evaluated on the quality and relevance of his/her publication record, including both peer-reviewed papers (in indexed scientific journals and as think pieces or other types of stand-alone publications), and technical documents.

Language and other requirements
The working language at UDP is English. Therefore, fluency in English is required, with an emphasis on strong writing skills. Knowledge of other UN languages is a plus.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position.
After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment.

More information can be found here:
Career paths at DTU.  

Place of work
The UNEP DTU Partnership is located in the UN City building in Nordhavn, Copenhagen.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Miriam Hinostroza, Head, Low Carbon Development Programme, UNEP DTU Partnership, email:

You can read more about the UNEP DTU Partnership at  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 11 December 2018 (local time). To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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.

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimization of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models, and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive, and sustainable organization and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 350 employees, including around 70 PhD students. More than 20% of our employees are from abroad and a total of 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and
scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.