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PhD scholarship in Sustainability Dynamics (Denmark Technical University)


If you have a MSc in System Dynamics, System Engineering, or related areas and you want to work at the very front of the new scientific revolution within sustainable design, this is a job for you to thrive.

At DTU Construct you will break new ground at the absolute forefront for enabling the design of sustainable solutions and be an active part of REBOUNDLESS, a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant project, recently awarded by the European Research Council.

You will contribute to the development of the reboundless design theory, a paradigm shift in design science that will establish the scientific knowledge for preventing rebound effects (i.e., unintended consequences of interventions that arise due to induced changes in system behaviour leading to higher sustainability impacts). You will have the opportunity to join top interdisciplinary scientists from all over the world and make a personal impact in solving some of the most critical challenges the world is facing.

Responsibilities and qualifications:

Modelling and simulating the occurrence of rebound effects: Your focus will be to support the modelling and simulation of rebound effects triggered by efficiency, effectiveness and sufficiency design strategies, building upon systemic mechanisms of rebound effects across four needs (housing, nutrition, mobility and consumables).

More specifically, you will focus on qualitative modelling and quantitative simulation of rebound effects, further advancing current knowledge and enabling the rebound quantification. In collaboration with a system dynamics and sustainability transition researcher, you will support the development of generic qualitative and quantitative structures for rebound effects and the identify key leverage points in the system. Your primary tasks will include:

  • Collect, categorize and systematize cases with empirical evidence of rebound effects (incl. primary and secondary data collection)
  • Perform model-based case studies (incl. primary and secondary data collection)
  • Develop qualitative (causal loop diagrams) and quantitative models (stock and flow diagrams) based on system dynamics best practices
  • Identify the key leverage points for preventing the occurrence of rebound effects
  • Publish research results in high-end scientific articles and conferences
  • Support with supervision of BSc and MSc students, as well as engage in teaching activities

Your new workplace will be DTU’s main campus in Kgs. Lyngby, Copenhagen. 

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