Postdoctoral Researcher in Urban Resilience (Capacity Building)

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense, Denmark 🇩🇰

The Department of Technology and Innovation (ITI) at the Faculty of Engineering (TEK) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher in Urban Resilience within the UNESCO Chair on Urban Resilience (SDU.Resilience), at the Section for Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE).

The PostDoc is a two-years position, with possibility of extension, and opportunities for further career progression, with research and teaching duties. Specifically, we are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate that can support our research on capacity building for urban resilience and to contribute to the development and delivery of our training programs for policy-maker and practitioners, in the frame of the International Urban Resilience Academy.

Research environment
SDU.Resilience is an expanding research team coordinated by Professor WSR on Urban Resilience Nicola Tollin, conducting transdisciplinary research, education and knowledge transfer activities on urban resilience at international level, with a strong network of academic and inter-governmental organizations partners worldwide.

SDU.Resilience investigates urban resilient transition, addressing systemically the causes and effects of climate change in cities, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, and other related major urban challenges: urbanization, pandemics and disaster risk reduction, in the wider frame of sustainable development.

Our research aims at informing and supporting policymaking at international and national level, and science-based urban planning and design for local action, both in the Global North and South.

SDU.Resilience specific knowledge areas include:

> Climate Change Governance

> Human Health and Climate

> Water and Human Settlements

> Circular Economy and Built Environment

> Capacity Building for Climate Action

> Coastal and Maritime Planning

> Green Infrastructures and Nature Based Solutions

SDU.Resilience established in 2019 the International Urban Resilience Academy aimed at developing and delivering capacity building for practitioners, policy-makers and researchers, in collaboration with over 30 organizations globally. IURA is organizing regularly training in Copenhagen, on-site and on-line, and is now expanding its activities with trainings at regional and national level to be organized globally.

Work Environment
SDU.Resilience is based at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. We offer an inclusive, international and interdisciplinary working environment, with strong international collaborations. Our ambition is to recruit, develop and retain talented researcher committed to academic and professional excellence and the development of the research group and the department.

Duties and responsibilities
The post-holder will contribute to further develop and expand research, education and knowledge transfer activities across the SDU.Resilience knowledge areas, with specific focus on Capacity Building for Climate Action.

Specific duties and responsibility of the Post Doc include to:

  • Conduct research on capacity building on urban resilience;
  • Develop and deliver training courses and programs for practitioners, policy makers and researchers, within the International Urban Resilience Academy;
  • Publish research outcomes in high quality scientific journals, reports and books;
  • Actively participate in attracting external funds for the development of research training activities, from national and international donors;
  • Supervise and support the professional development of students and junior staff;
  • Maintain and expand the collaboration with URIT’s partner organizations internationally;
  • Contribute on knowledge transfer on capacity building research, particularly in the frame of current activities, e.g. within UNFCCC and UNESCO;
  • Contribute to deliver courses at BSc, MSc and PhD level;
  • Work collaboratively with peers across the faculty and the university.

Skills and qualifications
The candidate must have a PhD degree in urban resilience, capacity-building, urban planning, climate change, architecture, engineering or related areas. Transdisciplinary education pathways are highly appreciated.

The candidate shall demonstrate:

  • Research and publication record on urban resilience and capacity building.
  • Experience in the development, organization and delivery of capacity building courses and trainings, specifically within urban resilience.
  • International working experience, particularly in transdisciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience in preparing applications for funding at national and international level.
  • Work experience in the Global South, particularly in a developing context, is an asset.
  • Knowledge of other languages, particularly Spanish and French, is an asset.
  • Experience of work and/or collaboration with international organizations, is highly desirable.
  • Experience in teaching at BSc and MSc level is desirable.

The position is open now and the preferred start date is as soon as possible, no later than March 2023.

Further information about the position is available from Nicola Tollin, Professor wsr in Urban Resilience, tel. +45 93 50 74 70, email:, cc:

Conditions of employment
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.



Application procedure
Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty. As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, the applicant may be called for interview.

The application must be in English and include: 

  • Motivation letter, including motivations, skills and qualifications
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, including contact information
  • Certificates/Diplomas (BSc-MSc and PhD) 
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication
  • Two reference letters
  • Other relevant qualifications and/or documents may also be included.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Read the guideline for the applicants:

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

Application deadline: 17 January 2023.

Additional information

Faculty of engineering

Section for Civil and Architectural Engineering

Urban Resilience Research Group

International Urban Resilience Academy







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