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Tenure Track and/or Temporary Assistant Professorship(s)

 We invite applications for one or more positions as Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The Department offers both tenure-track Assistant Professorships and temporary positions up to 4 years. 

The positions are available from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Applications are sought from eminent candidates, who can enhance the Department’s research, education and societal impact in any field of specialization in Political Science, including public administration and international relations. For more on the Department and its field of research, please consult our webpage: 
Job Description 
General duties attached to the position as Assistant Professor are: 
•Research within the field of Political Science
•Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate and post-graduate students
•Administrative tasks 
•Knowledge sharing with the rest of the society
An assistant professorship is a further-education post. Supervision as well pedagogical training is provided. 
Emphasis will be put on the applicant’s ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the Department through conducting and publishing outstanding quality research, engaging in high quality teaching, disseminate knowledge and make a knowledge-based societal impact. An assistant professor is expected to develop competences and experience within research, teaching and dissemination. In time, the assistant professor should develop competences to attract funding within his or her specialist area.

Essential Qualifications
To be qualified for the position the applicant must have a PhD in Political Science or equivalent academic qualifications.
•A proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced primarily by a well-received PhD dissertation and an emerging international reputation in Political Science or a relevant subfield.
•A track record of excellence in teaching in one or more of the main areas covered by the Department. The Department prefers candidates, who can cover more than one of the main courses taught at BA level.
•A clear, well-developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that will result in further world-leading publications as well as a commitment to innovate teaching.
•Track record of good citizenship in the wider academic community and the commitment to contribute to a vibrant work environment.

Desirable Qualifications
•The ability and willingness to attract external research funding.
•A commitment to share insights and knowledge in the public debate, to take societal responsibility, and a track record of making a conceptual, instrumental, as well as capacity building impact in Denmark as well as in an international context.
•An experience with or commitment to teaching which gives students real-life competences as well as the ability to critically reflect on the world and its problems.
The Department
The Department of Political Science has 1,800 students in its BA and MA programmes in Political Science as well as the MA in Social Sciences and MA in Security Risk Management programmes. The Department consists of 76 researchers and 41 PhD students, and there are 20 administrative staff. The Department is one of the top-ranked European political science departments. See more on the Department’s strategy on our webpage
Conditions of employment 
Assistant professors will be hired on a fix-termed four-year contract or can be offered tenure track according to the University rules. 
Terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary as Assistant Professor is within the range DKK 383,000 – 403,000 (EUR 51,400 – 54,100 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to the pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of the salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited from abroad, see

For additional information about assistant professorships, see: “Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013”, which is found at: (Assistant Professorships see 2.2.A).
Applications must be written in English and must include the following information and documentation:
•A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background including a record of research and international research cooperation. 
•A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – maximum 6 - that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*).
•Documentation of teaching experience and evaluation, supervisory activities and pedagogical training (if any). 
•Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society (if available).
If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well. 

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the 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 University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in the positions to apply, regardless of personal background. 

Additional information can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Phone: +45 2118 1048, email:

The deadline for applications, including enclosures is 1 June (at Midnight 23.59 Danish Time)

Applications must be submitted online – see below.

Please note:
•Only one document can be uploaded per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that the documents are scanned and collected in one file.
•Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.
•Applications sent by regular mail will not be accepted.

Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.


Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen


Ansøgningsfrist: 01-06-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-10-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Statskundskab

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