Professor in Sustainable Product/Service-Systems

Tuesday 28 May 19

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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering and its Section for Engineering Design and Product Development invite applications for a full professorship in the field of sustainable product/service-systems. The Section is an internationally recognized research unit, currently with a scientific staff of 40, including 9 faculty members and a mix of senior researchers, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

The department’s decision to strengthen research, innovation and education in Sustainable Product/Service-Systems is a result of an increased focus on this field of research and acknowledgement of the importance in engineering education. Particular focus is on design and development for the Circular Economy, seeking engineering and sociotechnical solutions and contribution to industrial challenges and opportunities.

The professorship involves research, research-based teaching and innovation within the overall domain of engineering design and product development. In particular, the professor must demonstrate an ability to carry out state-of-the-art research in the areas of Product/Service-Systems Design, Sustainable Design and Innovation, Design for Circular Economy as well as Life Cycle Engineering.

Responsibilities and tasks
The professor must conduct original and relevant research within the field of sustainable product/service-systems—including circular economy, life cycle engineering, and sustainable design—and will take a leading role within the research field. Thus, besides his/her own research, the professor will scientifically lead and inspire a group of scientists.

Specifically, the professor will:

  • carry out and lead research and research projects of international calibre within the field of sustainable product/service-systems (including circular economy, life cycle engineering, and sustainable design)
  • supervise PhD-students, MSc-students, and BSc-students
  • participate in teaching in courses at the PhD, MSc and BSc levels, primarily related to product/service-systems and sustainable design
  • act as a mentor for assistant and associate professors
  • take responsibility for ensuring external funding for research and other academic activities
  • drive and develop innovative collaboration with stakeholders from both Danish and international industry in the area of product/service-system design and sustainable design, including the transfer of academic research knowledge from the field to industry practice
  • contribute to the strategic activities and international cooperation of the Department
  • engage in international networks and cooperate with relevant international scientific communities.
The research field shares scientific methodologies with other groups at DTU, particularly the Division for Engineering Systems and the Division for Quantitative Sustainable Assessment, both at DTU’s Department of Management Engineering. Thus, the professor should sustain and develop collaboration in research, education, and innovation with these sections.

The successful candidate is expected to take a lead position in teaching at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. For international candidates, DTU can provide Danish language courses enabling the candidates to teach in Danish within 2-3 years.

Potential candidates for the professorship must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Design. Candidates must be able to document their teaching qualifications.

The successful candidate has a strong theoretical and applied background within product development and in particular the development and implementation of sustainable product/service-systems and circular economy.

Furthermore, the professor must be capable of undertaking scientific leadership in the theoretical, methodological, and applied perspectives within the field of sustainable product/service-systems and circular economy at the highest international level. It is of paramount importance that the candidate possesses experience from both theoretical and practical-oriented projects within the field of product development.

Research management experience is a requirement of the professor. Extensive experience from international research cooperation will be a clear advantage, e.g. formalized project cooperation, professional trust positions, and strength of personal network within the field of product development research. The candidate must also document an extensive track record of attracting research funding.

The successful candidate should be able to document substantial experience of teaching at the BSc, MSc, and PhD level within product development, which should also include the development of course curricula.

In addition to the qualifications mentioned above, the candidate should possess personal skills to establish and develop external cooperation.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to: 
  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership and 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 upon with the relevant union.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Hans Nørgaard Hansen, tel.: +45 4525 4816.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 23 June 2019 (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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • CV
  • A vision for future research
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the ‘Assessment’ bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • 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, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within
Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design, and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 150 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.