PhD position at the Faculty Theology, “Theology and ethics of domesticated animals”

The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, invites applicants for a vacant PhD position.

Job description
The PhD position, “Theology and ethics of domesticated animals“is a fixed termed full time position for three years with research and teaching obligations starting 1 October 2024 or 1 November 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The research will be conducted as part of as part of the research project CARNAL: Eco-Ethical Articulations of Body, Meat, and Flesh. More information about the project is available here on the website of CARNAL: CARNAL – University of Copenhagen (

The central objective of the research project is to develop new conceptualizations of the relation between humanity and nature in times of ecological crises. CARNAL expands the ethical tradition of self-care and care for other humans into an ecologized ethics of care. We focus on everyday dilemmas and options for change in the areas of consumption, biodiversity, and conceptions of everyday human interactions with the corporeality of ecological networks. CARNAL is placed at the Faculty of Theology, and its methodology aims to coordinate the fields of Anthropology and Theology.

The PhD-project “Theology and ethics of domesticated animals” is supposed to critically use and test the CARNAL typology of Ecology1-2-3 on leading ecotheological views on domesticated animals (such as dogs, cats, or horses, or production animals such as cattle, pigs, or chicken). Together with a postdoc working on “Rewilded Bodies,” the PhD-project explores and compares different forms of human-nonhuman resonance experiences across rewilded and domesticated animal bodies.

Candidates are expected to have a background in Theology or Philosophy and should be able to attend bi-weekly meetings of the CARNAL-project at UCPH. The Candidate will be enrolled in the PhD School of the Faculty of Theology, see

Further information on the faculty, see

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Niels Henrik Gregersen, phone: +45 2089 1158, e-mail:

Qualification requirements
Further information on qualification requirements as PhD can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here:

Terms of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at app. DKK 30,500 (EUR 4,000) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: Recruitment process – University of Copenhagen (

The application should be submitted in English.

Applications to be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Prof. Dr. Carsten Selch Jensen, and should be uploaded electronically.

The application must include the following enclosures:

  • Documentation of the applicant’s academic degree(s). All relevant certificates must be included.
  • Complete a numbered list of publications. Enclosed (uploaded) publications must be marked with*.
  • Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including description of the planned contribution to the CARNAL’s research areas (max. 3 pages).
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Application procedure
The application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications must be uploaded electronically. We advise you to have all documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.

An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.

Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching portfolio as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, and any research/development plan. 

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 when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 211-1861/24-2H #1.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment.

The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the post. 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 related to the applicant him-/herself.

The Appointment Committee may select candidates for interview.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

The University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 2 August 2024 23:59 CEST
Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.




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.


Ansøgningsfrist: 02-08-2024
Ansættelsesdato: 01-11-2024
Afdeling/Sted: Det Teologiske Fakultet
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