Researcher in Building services for Low-temperature District Heating Systems

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Grønland & Færøerne

Frist 27. september 2019

The Department of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for the position as researcher in building services for low-temperature district heating within the Energy and Services section from January 1, 2020.

The position will be part of the section’s research, innovation, teaching and scientific advice capabilities. The section is focused on research, development and testing in all energy related aspects for new and existing buildings in both large scale and building scale. We perform research on the building envelope, building services and energy systems to develop the scientific foundation for sustainable buildings with a high quality indoor environment and low energy demand.

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

Responsibilities and tasks
The selected researcher’s primary responsibilities will be in research and to a lesser degree teaching.

The overall focus of the research, teaching and innovation in the section is to deliver a significant contribution to achieve a society free of fossil energy and to contribute to increased quality and cost efficiency in the building sector. This is achieved through research on design methods and measurement methods to develop, optimize and guarantee performance of components, buildings and energy systems and through development activities in close collaboration with the industry.

The candidate for the present position should have a research approach with a particular focus on integration between the district heating system and the technical services in the building for heating and ventilation.

The applicant is expected to be familiar with a number of the following topics:

  • Heating systems and building services for low-temperature district heating
  • Thermal building performance simulation and simulation of district heating networks
  • Typical Danish buildings and district heating systems
  • Integration of heating, cooling, electricity and gas networks for the future Danish smart energy systems
  • Relevant measurements and tests on heating systems in buildings
  • Good communication skills both written and spoken

Moreover, the successful candidate is expected to engage heavily in fundraising activities targeted towards this field of research, and play a significant role the implementation of the sections digitalisation strategy.

Other content of the position:

  • Researchers have responsibilities related to PhD and Postdoc supervision, research project management and academic departmental work.
  • The research projects are often in collaboration with international research institutions and industry partners. Candidates should have experience from participation in international research projects.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

Applicants must possess and document strong qualifications in research demonstrated through publications and citations in international scientific journals, and through successful collaborations and projects.

The candidate can have a background as engineer or equivalent.

Applicants should document their interest, qualifications, and experience (if any) in research-based university teaching.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • 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 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.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of section, associate professor Toke Rammer Nielsen, e-mail:

You can read more about the Department of Civil Engineering on

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 27 September 2019.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and 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 qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Civil Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the Department provides research, study programmes, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil engineering. The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena; we combine theory and practice.

DTU Civil Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 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.

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