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PhD scholarship at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH): “Castles: Tracing the Origins and Consequences of the Modern State”

The research project “Castles: Tracing the Origins and Consequences of the Modern State” directed by Professor (mso) Jacob Gerner Hariri is hiring one PhD student. The Castle project is financed by the Danish Research Councils under the Sapere Aude Programs. The chosen candidates will enrol at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Employment is to begin on 1 March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Deadline for applications: 20 January 2018 (at midnight). 
The PhD scholarship provides PhD students with strong research training, which opens up a window to research careers as well as a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The scholarship includes the writing of a dissertation as part of the overall research project. It also includes active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD scholarship is a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme.  
Job description and qualifications 
The project explores the monopolization of violence in European history, thereby tracing the origins of the modern state where and when it actually originated. Castles and fortifications represent contemporary coercive potential, and the project uses official data from national registers of cultural heritage on castle construction and ownership to map the process of state formation. The project will explore the concept of the state as well as theories about the causes and consequences of state formation. 
The candidate is expected to have an interest in and strong skills in quantitative analyses. The candidate should have an interest in comparative politics and comparative political economy with a focus on the state and processes of state formation. Desirable qualifications include familiarity with social data science and a knowledge of/interest in political history. 
The candidate will enrol as part of a research team consisting of a Professor (mso), a postdoctoral researcher, and a number of research assistant. The candidate is expected to be able to manage the work of some of the research assistants. In selecting the candidate, considerable weight will be accorded to the ability to work constructively as part of a research group. 
Further information about the scholarship can be obtained from Professor (mso) Jacob Gerner Hariri, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, email:, telephone: + 45 3532 3567. 
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: 
In English  
In Danish
Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme, and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities. 
  • The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.  
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.  
The application must be submitted electronically using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:   
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project 
  • Project description related to the research project “Castles: Tracing the Origins and Consequences of the Modern State” (no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography) 
  • CV   
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)   
  • Time schedule 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)  
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about enclosures to include with your electronic application: 
In English
In Danish
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.  
Official rules regarding scholarships in the 5+3 PhD study programme  
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary is about DKK 25,000 per month. The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.  
For foreign applicants it is important to note that both taxes and living expenses are high in Copenhagen.  
Application process   
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager (in this case the Head of Department) selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.   
The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:  
1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.  
2. Quality and feasibility of the project.   
3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Political Science disciplines.  
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.  
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at  
The application must be submitted electronically no later than 20 January 2017 (at midnight). 
Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account.  

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Ansøgningsfrist: 20-01-2018
Ansættelsesdato: 01-03-2018
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Political Science

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