The research project started in 2018 and will last for four years. It is carried out in collaboration with Aalborg University/Department of Planning, the National Building Research Institute, the School of Architecture KADK, and Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) as well as a number of Greenlandic private and public stakeholders.

The research project comprises of five sub-projects:

  1. Building construction and climate
  2. Process
  3. Sustainability
  4. Urban planning and architecture
  5. Users

The PhD project is particularly related to sub-project 1 – Building construction / design and climate (with particular focus on the climatic impact on the building envelope and indoor climate), as well as on sub-project 2 - Process (i.e. client decisions, building design, logistics, construction management, etc.).

The project aims to investigate and evaluate typical newer buildings in order to achieve a better understanding of the relation between construction technology, the climatic impact, the risk of damage, the indoor climate, energy consumption and user behavior in a Greenlandic/Arctic context. The study includes both detached/semidetached houses and multi-storey buildings.

This can enable optimization of future construction, with fewer errors, better economy and greater user satisfaction as some of the results. The results of the project will not only benefit Greenland, but also aim in other parts of the world that are affected by the same conditions, i.e. extreme climate and island operations. In pace with climate change, conflicts and refugee flows, areas with these characteristics are becoming increasingly common.

Within the overall framework, there are several opportunities for PhD projects. Project description for the specific PhD project is agreed with the project manager of the ABC project. Applicants can - after agreement with the project manager - receive one month's prior appointment as a research assistant to formulate the details of the PhD project targeting the applicant's profile.


  • Master's degree as a civil engineer or architect, or a similar degree with an academic level corresponding to the master's degree.
  • Background in building construction, including the building envelope, energy consumption and indoor climate
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are acquainted with the Arctic
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are acquainted with sustainable construction, and/or hygrothermal calculations
  • Work experience will likewise be prioritized.
  • The main language of the project is Danish, but scientific articles must be published in English. Applicants whose main language is not Danish can apply if they have basic knowledge in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, and follow Danish lessons during the course. The project will entail, among other things, interviews and dialogue with stakeholders in Greenland, who are not expected to be able to contribute in English.

The study will involve a number of travels to Greenland of 2-4 weeks duration.

The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and to publish the project results in international peer-reviewed journals.

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


Please submit your online application no later than September 15, 2019.

For the full position description, further instructions and to apply, see the full job posting on DTU's website.

Further information may also be obtained from associate professor Tove Lading, tel.+45 4525 1738.