ESR PhD position in Law, Public procurement, Policy and Sustainability

    ESR PhD position in Law, Public procurement, Policy and Sustainability

    PhD position in Law, project “Sustainability And Procurement in International, European, and National Systems”, Faculty of Law University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaLaw, Public procurement, Policy and Sustainability
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceFaculty of Law University of Copenhagen Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years


    • must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent qualifications (candidates with pending Master’s degrees will be considered, but the award will be conditioned on them being awarded the title by end of July). Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree or a different degree provided that that allows them to enlist in a PhD (applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree cannot be considered);
    • must be in the first four years of her/his research career;
    • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date;
    • must be willing to live in the Host Institution country during the 3 years appointment and travel to the other Universities and Partner Organisations of the network for training activities and secondments (according to the details provided in each job post);
    • must not hold a PhD;
    • must have solid written and oral communication skills in English.
    • Obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master or equivalent qualifications in relevant subject area. Please visit for more information. Applicants must have obtained a high overall grade average at the Master’s level.
    • May submit their application before they have completed their Master’s Degree. In that case, they must have submitted their final thesis before 1st of July 2021.
    • Document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis.
    • Excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in English or Danish and to follow PhD courses in English.
    • Basic understanding of public procurement law and policy
    • Basic understanding of sustainability
    • High level analytical ability
    • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
    • Ability to assess resource requirements and use the resources effectively  
    • Excellent IT skills across all core Microsoft Office products
    • Ability to work as part of a team and work independently using own initiative


    Thorough understanding and direct relevant experience of research methods

    • Advanced understanding of public procurement law and policy
    • Advanced understanding of sustainability issues
    • Advanced understanding of climate change issues


    The University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Faculty of Law, is seeking a highly motivated and mobile candidate with a strong academic record holding a Master’s Degree in Law or other relevant field, fluency in English and some subject knowledge of public procurement, policy and sustainability.

    The ESR will work within the Faculty of Law, The University of Copenhagen on the PhD research project “Sustainability and Procurement – tools to fight climate change”.

    The ESR will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Marta Andhov and will be offered an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral training and will include a structured mobility to up 10 months in the Universities and Partner Organisations of the Consortium for the entire project duration that will include:

    • the University of Hasselt (3 months resident work with co-supervisor)
    • Agency for Nature and Forest in Belgium (1m hands on research on climate friendly SPP practices)
    • Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) in Belgium (2m research on energy efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment)
    • Rikiskaup – Central Purchasing Body in Iceland (2m practice in climate mitigation PP clauses

    The selected candidate will pursue a PhD as Early Stage Researcher – ESR within the EU-funded H2020-MSCA-ITN Project “Sustainability And Procurement in International, European, and National Systems” (acronym SAPIENS – GA n. 956696).

    The project’s objective is to foster interdisciplinary research into the evolving use of public procurement (PP) to address the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century with a view to create a significantly increased European knowledge base and research capacity on the law, the economics and the business sciences of Sustainable Public Procurement. The ESR will contribute to ambitious and carefully planned research, outreach, impact, and dissemination activities benefiting from the expertise of world-leading senior academics.

    How to Apply?

    Click ’Apply now’ above to be taken to the online application form.  

    Documents Required

    We advise to have the following documents ready before you begin your online application:  

    • Research project proposal: This should include the following: (1) objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3) review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to have been met within three years. The project description must elaborate on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to existing and future research in the field. The project proposal must not exceed 6 standard pages, corresponding to approx. 12,000 characters (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography) A substantial breach of this will result in the application being excluded from consideration.
    • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages) including a list of publications if any
    • Diplomas and transcripts: Certified copies of original diploma(s) and transcripts (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) in the original language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other language than English or Danish.
    • Grading scale: A certified explanation of grading scale in the original language and an authorized English translation if it is available in another language than English or Danish.
    • Letter of motivation: (maximum 1 page) briefly introducing yourself and explaining your reasons for applying for this particular PhD studentship
    • Master thesis
    • Documentation of English level: Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.

    Submit your application electronically in English.


    Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation.


    Associate professor Marta Andhov

    Mette Christensen

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