The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, at Aalborg University offers one or more PhD stipend(s) within the general study programme Planning and Development in 2019.

The stipend(s) are open for appointment from 1 July 2019 or soon thereafter. The Department of Planning conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions.

The PhD position is partly part of the larger PBL-Future research project and partly related to Centre for Problem-based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO (UCPBL). In the PBL-Future project, a curriculum analysis will be carried out with a specific focus on the presence and progression of PBL competencies in the current curricula at the Engineering and Science Faculties (TECH and ENG) at Aalborg University. As a continuation of this research in the PBL-Future project, the PhD project will focus on the changes made to integrate progression of PBL competences – both in consideration of the curriculum and educational practices.

The position will be related to the Centre for Problem-based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO. The researcher will also be working in a cross-disciplinary team of researchers, who are committed to the vision and mission of the Centre

Teaching will primarily be related to the course Problem-based Learning in Science, Technology and Society, which is offered at all Engineering and Science Bachelor programmes at Aalborg University.

Worth of Award

  • Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015, on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.
  • For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application, procedure contact Ms Bettina Wedde, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: [email protected], phone: +45 9940 9909.


  • The successful candidate has an education and experience in relation to problem-based learning.
  • Expertise in doing empirical studies and using qualitative methods is a requirement.
  • A high proficiency in oral and written English is required.
  • Good dissemination skills are important.

How to Apply

  • The application can be submitted in English or Danish.
  • They prioritize applicants who, additional to a motivation letter, diplomas and curriculum vitae, submit a project proposal (i.e. a project description which is not regarded as final but a proposal). The project proposal must be max 5 pages (not including references). The project proposal must include:
  •  a research motivation
  • a short presentation of expected theories to be used in investigating progression in PBL competences
  • a short presentation of methods to be used in conducting the empirical study
  • a work plan describing the main phases of the study

You may obtain further information from Professor, Anette Kolmos, [email protected] concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

Deadline: Applications close May 09, 2019.


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