At the Department of Law, 1-2 associate professorships in private law and international law, respectively, will be available as of 1 May 2023 or by further agreement. The place of work is SDU Odense or SDU Esbjerg.
We are seeking associate professors who want to help implement our vision about participating in shaping and impacting on the society of the future and contributing to creating a sustainable world through
• creating new and relevant legal research results of high quality
• educating a diverse pool of talent which turns into talented and requested graduates
• interacting and cooperating with the surrounding society
• communicating and exchanging our research-based knowledge
We are particularly interested in candidates doing research in civil law regulations as well as candidates having a particular focus on the correlation between human rights and either international law, issues within law enforcement or issues within maritime and border security.
The candidates must be inventive research-wise and actively participate in the research and the research agenda of the department’s research groups in private law and international law/EU law, respectively. Furthermore, they are expected to participate actively in research collaborations based on these.
As for teaching, the candidates must be able to teach and supervise within one or more of the basic disciplines in private law or international law or in the correlation between law and economics.
In order to qualify for the positions, candidates must meet the department’s qualification criteria, which are available here. This assessment is carried out by an appointed assessment committee.
In order to be considered for the positions, the candidates must be a match for the department’s current needs, the department’s strategy and the job tasks tied to the positions. This assessment is carried out by an appointed hiring committee and is based on i.e. the applicant’s research and teaching profile, the submitted research plan, the grade of the assessment and the impressions during a prospective job interview. Furthermore, the applicant’s expected level of contribution to the department’s further development will be weighted highly.
The applicants are expected to show commitment and visibility and to contribute to the department’s positive work environment and the continuous operation of the department.
The applicants must be able to teach in Danish and/or English. Non-Danish speakers are expected – within three to five years – to speak Danish on a level which enables teaching in Danish.
Application, salary, etc.
Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
The application must contain the following:
• motivated application
• curriculum vitae
• certificates/diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
• a comprehensive list of publications which includes the publications attached to the application
• a teaching portfolio containing documentation of the candidate’s teaching qualifications as well as an account of his/her visions on learning and reflections on teaching methods and the development thereof. Formal application instructions and a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.
• a research plan containing information concerning the already planned research activities, publication plans and plans regarding external funding applications, if any
• up to six academic publications based on which the applicant wishes to be evaluated. Please attach a pdf file for each publication
• If there are co-authors on a publication, the applicant must attach a co-author declaration in the relevant pdf file, stating his/her contribution to the publication. The file must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration.
• The applicant’s Ph.D. dissertation should be attached as one of the requested publications along with the written evaluation thereof
Documents which are not in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish must be translated into English. SDU may discard applications which are incomplete regarding the above-mentioned criteria without further notice.
When the deadline for submitting applications is met, a number of applications are selected for an academic evaluation (shortlisting), based on an overall assessment of which of the applicants as regards both their research and teaching profile match the job description and the department’s needs the best. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. Once the evaluation committee have completed their assessment, each of the applicants concerned will receive the evaluation concerning him/her. Thereafter, a number of applicants are invited to a job interview.
Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.
According to the University of Southern Denmark’s internal guidelines, there must be at least three qualified applicants to a position before it can be filled.
The University of Southern Denmark wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of our society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background.
Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.
Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
Further information concerning the positions is available from:
Head of department Hanne Søndergaard Birkmose
Phone: +45 65 50 43 36
Find further information on the department, its strategy and activities on the department’s website.
The Department of Law is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, which is comprised of six departments. The department currently has approximately 60 employees divided into four research groups (Private Law, Public Law, International Law and Law in Society) and a secretariat. Furthermore, the department has a research centre, Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice. The department works to ensure high quality and social relevance as regards both jurisprudent research, education and knowledge exchange. The Department of Law offers the traditional law degree alongside a combined HA (jur)/MSc (Econ) course. In addition, the department is responsible for the teaching of other legal subjects offered at SDU.
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