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PhD scholarship with a specialization in Green National Accounting at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

 The research project “Developing the Green REFORM model” directed by Professor Peter Birch Sørensen is offering one PhD scholarship funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. The scholarship is offered from 1 September 2017.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2017.

The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, and knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme must be undertaken as a four-year full-time study within the framework of the 4+4 study programme of the Faculty of Social Sciences or as a three-year full-time study within the 5+3 study programme.

Applicants for the PhD scholarship must be willing to specialize in Environmental Economics and to take part in the GREEN REFORM modelling project which aims at developing a computable general equilibrium model that will be able to simulate the environmental effects of Danish economic activity and the economic effects of policy interventions to meet the targets for Danish environmental, energy and climate policy. The goal is to develop a modelling tool which will allow the evaluation of economic and environmental policy within a unified conceptual framework that accounts for environmental as well as economic effects, thereby facilitating an integrated assessment of the two types of policy. The project will involve cooperation with the Danish Institute for Economic Modelling and Forecasting (DREAM) and with the Green National Accounts Department of Statistics Denmark.

Qualifications and salary
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme (4+4 PhD study programme). Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are determined in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme in Economics the applicant must have completed a two-year MSc degree programme in Economics, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. In particular, applicants must have completed relevant advanced courses within the core disciplines of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period of time without additional pay.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest in Environmental Economics, a solid academic performance during previous studies, a motivation to engage in theoretical as well as empirical work, and good oral and written communication skills. Prior experience with the construction of computable general equilibrium models will be an advantage.

Further information on the PhD study programme in Economics is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:

In English:  
n Danish: 

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme, and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.

In order to be awarded the PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student in Economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

For further information on the research project “Developing the GREEN REFORM model” of which this particular PhD study programme is a part, please contact Professor Peter Birch Sørensen at

The application can be in either Danish or English and include a CV (including the applicant’s address and email address), a short motivation letter (maximum 1 page), a list of publications (if any), a copy of the applicant’s Master thesis and a copy of the Master certificate.
The application must be submitted electronically no later than 31 May 2017.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

1. Research qualifications relevant for the GREEN REFORM modelling project..
2. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Economics disciplines.
3. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.

 Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

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Professor Anders Birch Sørensen


Application deadline: 31-05-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Department/Location: Department of Economics

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