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Professor in Radiochemistry

DTU Sustain
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Posting live until
17 Mar 2024

Job Details

If you want to boost your career as researcher and educator within one or more areas of radioanalytical chemistry, environmental radioactivity monitoring, radioecology and radiotracer studies of environmental processes, here is the chance! We offer an opportunity to join the faculty at one of the world’s leading university departments in environmental engineering. At DTU Sustain you work at the forefront of science providing solutions to major societal challenges related to climate change, circularity, sustainability, and environmental quality.

DTU Sustain has been very productive and successful during the last decades within radioanalytical chemistry, environmental radioactivity and tracer studies using radionuclides and has established a strong competence in this field. The radioecology and tracer study group is world-wide well-known for its work in environmental monitoring of radioactivity, radiochemical analysis and radiotracer studies.

Responsibilities and qualifications

Your overall focus will be to strengthen DTU Sustain’s competences within the areas of environmental radioactivity monitoring, radioecology and radioanalytical chemistry. Current topics in the group are monitoring of radioactivity in environment and food, ocean water circulation and marine environment studies using natural and anthropogenic radioisotope tracers, radioanalytical methodology, radiological characterization for various waste samples from decommissioning and operation of nuclear facilities, radioecology and radiation risk assessment. Your expertise can contribute to further development of these research topics but potentially also add new relevant topics.

You will interact with academia, students, public authorities, consultants, and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad.

Employment implies original research at the highest international level within one or more of the following research themes:

  • Radiochemistry;
  • Techniques for analysis of radionuclides;
  • Environmental radioactivity monitoring;
  • Chemical speciation of radionuclides in the environment;
  • Radioecology;
  • Tracer applications of radioisotopes.

For the position the potential for contributing to the group and for world-class performance within the area, is key in the evaluation process. Candidates are not expected to meet all the wishes nor perform within all the topics listed below.

We expect that you have a strong Danish and/or international platform and strong background or experience within the topics. Your primary tasks will be, in collaboration with the group, to:

  • Perform research at an international level in the cross-field of waste, resources, sustainability, and circularity.
  • Build up, develop, and contribute with new experimental approaches and methods (waste characterization, laboratory experimentation, data interpretation).
  • Contribute to research in the group and with colleagues in related sections (materials, environmental assessment, etc.).

Enhance the competence of group in the following fields:

  • Monitoring of environmental radioactivity including design and management of the programme for monitoring radioactive matter in Danish environment and food, Arctic Management and Assessment Program (AMAP), monitoring and risk assessment of legacy sites;
  • Radiochemical analytical methodology involving development of nuclear (radioanalytical chemistry, beta measurements, alpha and gamma spectrometry etc.) and non-nuclear methods (ICPMS, AMS, TIMS etc.) for the determination of radionuclides and their speciation in the environment and various waste samples;
  • Terrestrial radioecology including studies of factors decisive for radioactive contamination of the terrestrial ecosystem;
  • Marine radioecology including field studies of the transfer of radionuclides in the marine environment;
  • Dispersion of radioactivity in the ecosystem, ocean, atmosphere and terrestrial;
  • Provide public sector consultancy to inform decision making with regards to environmental radiation safety;
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects and be supervisor for PhD students covering a broad range of waste related topics.

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development;
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision;
  • International impact and experience;
  • Societal impact;
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry;
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills;
  • Communication skills.

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.

Starting date is April 1st, 2024 (or according to mutual agreement).

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section, Professor Charlotte Scheutz,, tel.: +45 2628 5828.

You can read more about DTU Sustain at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 14 March 2024 (23:59 Danish time).

Apply at: Professor in Radiochemistry

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

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President;
  • Vision for teaching and research;
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see;
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience;
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD).

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

Applications 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 Sustain - Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering - is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society across a wide range of domains.  We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers. The Department has approximately 300 staff from more than 30 nationalities.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Bygningstorvet Bygning 115
Kgs. Lyngby

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