Postdoc in Regulatory Engineering of Nanomaterials and Marine Plastic Pollution

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We are seeking a talented postdoc to work on two interdisciplinary projects within the field of regulatory science and engineering. The work will be conducted at DTU Environment, in the section of Environmental Fate & Effect of Chemicals.


Specifically, the aim of the postdoc position is to investigate the use of stakeholder analysis within environmental regulation and to explore how regulation within nanomaterials and plastics can be designed or re-designed to spark innovation as well as protect humans and the environment.


The research combines elements of environmental engineering, policy analysis, regulation, and environmental law as well as social science.


The position is partially funded by the Mistra Environmental Nanosafety Phase II project and partially by the MarinePlastic project. Mistra Environmental Nanosafety Phase II, among other, focuses on how scientific and technical knowledge generated in the project can be shared with stakeholders and implemented in nanosafety regulation. MarinePlastic is a new center for research within marine plastic pollution in Denmark, which among other focuses on how regulation can be designed with stakeholders so that it sparks innovation as well as protects humans and the environment.


In the Mistra project, the postdoc will work within a work package on proactive risk assessment, regulation and creation of stakeholder learning alliances. In the MarinePlastic the postdoc will work within a work package on regulations and societal actions. Both work packages are led by Associate Professor, Steffen Foss Hansen, DTU Environment.

Responsibilities and tasks

The postdoc will be part of a team working on regulatory engineering as well as regulation and risk assessment of emerging risks and pollutants and will work in collaboration with scientists from Denmark and Sweden.

The postdoc will be responsible for:
  • Completion of a thorough analysis of the existing regulatory initiatives with regard to nanomaterials and plastics
  • Development and maintaining an online database.
  • Investigate the use of stakeholder analysis within environmental regulation
  • Exploring innovative ways in which to optimize the use of Stakeholder Analysis.
  • Apply Stakeholder Analysis on the nanomaterials and plastics cases.
  • Assist in the hiring and supervision of a PhD student.
  • Contributing to teaching in environmental regulation, management and ethics
  • Teach Stakeholder Analysis on a M.Sc.-level
  • Publication of the scientific research in high impact journals and dissemination of results at international conferences and workshops.
  • Collaboration with other research sections/groups at DTU Environment and other departments at DTU as well as other partners within Mistra Environmental NanoSafety Phase II and MarinePlastic.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent and should have a proven track record with academic teaching. Your background should be within environmental science and research, preferably, environmental engineer or related.

Further, we expect that you:
  • Enjoy working with complex problems.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in Danish and English and that you are comfortable with Swedish.
  • Are flexible, curious and self-motivated.
  • Are willing to travel.
  • Have experience with nanomaterials or plastics regulation within the European Union.
  • Have a deep understanding of the research fields of nanomaterials and plastics.
  • Are experienced with Stakeholder Analysis.
  • Have experience in innovative teaching methods such as Team-Based Learning and Active Learning Exercises
  • Have proven experience in publishing in top-level ISI journals (e.g. Science or Nature).
  • Are enjoyable to work with and can work in interdisciplinary teams.
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.


The period of employment is 2 years starting December 21, 2019.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Steffen Foss Hansen,

You can read more about DTU Environment at

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 1 August 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)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • Statement of Research
  • List of publications
  • Most relevant publication # 1
  • Most relevant publication # 2
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Most recent course evaluation

 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 Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. The department conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The Department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 nationalities. 


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.