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Senior Researcher in Labour Economics / Economics of Occupational Safety and Health

Do you want to help us develop an international innovative research area within economics of occupational safety and health? Can you contribute to a successful research group of economists and create synergies to existing research environments? If so, the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NFA) offers you an exciting position as Senior Researcher (Associate Professor).


We endeavour to ensure a healthy, dynamic labour market

At the Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment, we research topics of importance to today’s – and tomorrow’s – working environment and work-related health and safety. As a government research institute under the Danish Ministry of Employment, it is our job to monitor and evaluate trends in our working environment and draw attention to new risks. We train new researchers and publish our research results in reputable journals. We convey research-based knowledge to workplaces, authorities, the two sides of industry and health and safety consultants. This is how we contribute to improving the working environment in Denmark.


Work environment research at an international level

NFA has received a targeted grant from the Government of DKK 24,000,000 over the next four years for the establishment of a new research area: economics of occupational safety and health. The purpose is to create an active research group contributing to the development of economic research in the crossover areas between health- and labour economics, as well as contributing to evidence-based policy for future investments in working environment efforts. Our research should investigate the economic impact of occupational health and safety factors on the economy and industry in a broad context.

You will be responsible for conducting research that contributes to:

  • development of models concerning economic consequences of occupational health and safety variables at society, business and industry level,
  • economic evaluations of specific occupational health and safety interventions (including impact evaluations) and
  • economic evaluations of interventions (including impact evaluations) at society level, e.g. changed types of occupational health and safety inspections or other structural factors.

In close collaboration with our professor in economics and the head of analysis, you will contribute to the development of an efficient, productive and creative economics research group at NFA. Together with NFA’s research professors and senior researchers, the successful candidate will also be responsible for supervision of PhD students and young researchers.

NFA is in the process of establishing a new research programme in economics with strong collaborative ties to relevant economics departments at universities and research institutions in Denmark and abroad. We are recruiting a total of six economists at various levels of seniority. The research programme is attached to the Unit of Analysis and Data, which consists of a total of ten researchers, statisticians, analysts and data managers.

The position offers you the opportunity to be part of a team of talented economists and create a strong professional economic research environment with collaboration to adjacent economic research environments in Denmark and abroad. Several of these will be represented in a reference group of experts. Since the research area is newly established, we expect that the economic models we develop in the research programme will be standard setting for research within this area in Denmark and internationally.

We offer the right candidate an exciting job with the opportunity to establish a new research area. You will be part of a cross-disciplinary research environment with excellent opportunities of professional and personal development in friendly and informal working environment.


Be our new colleague

The position as Senior Researcher requires qualification comparable to Associate Professor (lektor) at universities. Applicants must have a PhD in economics and research experience gained in positions as associate/assistant professor, post doc, or equivalent research experienced gained through other types of employment.

The ideal candidate for the position can be a young researcher with a promising research pipeline or a more experienced researcher looking for new challenges in an area with lots of exiting data and unique opportunities for collaborative research with NFA’s other research areas. Our primary objective is to find a candidate with a strong methodological toolbox as an economist and a strong drive to contribute to the establishment of economics as a research area at NFA.

The position at NFA provides attractive conditions for research in the form of a large share of free research time, access to a number of unique data sets on work organisation and occupational safety and health as well as strong and highly productive adjacent research groups within psychology/psychometrics, ergonomics, etc.

We prefer a candidate with strong qualifications within labour economics and/or econometrics. Knowledge of methods regarding evaluation of labour market interventions (or interventions more generally) and economic modelling would be a further advantage but is not mandatory for the position. Other specialisations within economics could be considered for the positions as well.

We identify solutions together

As part of the Ministry of Employment, the National Research Centre for the Working Environment helps create a framework for people’s working lives. Consequently, we have a duty to find the best solutions. We identify these together. Our doors are always open and the hurdles low. We share our knowledge, and we encourage and challenge each other’s ideas so that they are fine-tuned before they become shared solutions.

You will be working with professionally skilful and dedicated colleagues, in a fast-paced and challenging environment. New issues crop up every day, and you must be prepared to accept assignments on the fly and bring every aspect of your professional experience into play. In return, you will have an excellent opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s working lives.


Salary and employment terms

The job is a permanent full-time position. We would like you to start on 1st October 2021 or at first opportunity.

You will be employed as Senior Researcher according to the collective agreement for academic staff between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and according to the job specifications for scientific staff employed at government research institutes.


Questions and application

In case of further questions, you are welcome to contact Head of Research and Analytics, Joachim Boll, on +45 2013 7046.

If you have any questions about salary or employment terms, you are welcome to contact Rikke Dahl Ledertoug from the Ministry of Employment’s HR department on +45 2250 3487.

All interested applicants, regardless of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity, are encouraged to apply for the position.

Send an electronic version of your application via the link below no later than Monday August 9th 2021. Your application should include a cover letter, CV, examination certificates, publication list and 3 to 5 of your most important publications. Application can be submitted in Danish or English.

The position is conditional on the applicant being declared qualified at the level of Senior Researcher by a committee of experts. NFA considers your application as consent to such evaluation. NFA reserves the right to select candidates for evaluation by the committee based on the criteria listed above (shortlisting).


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