2 postdoc positions in project “Climate Justice Temporalities in Denmark”, UCPH (# of pos: 2)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Jan 2023

The Center for Applied Ecological Thinking (CApE), Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UPCH), Denmark, invites applications for two postdoc position. The postdoc will be part of a project entitled Climate Justice Temporalities in Denmark (JusTiDe) funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and headed by Associate Professor Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen. The preferred starting date is 1 March 2023, but a later starting date might also be possible. Each postdoc position is for 29 months.

CApE is a humanities-based research center that applies knowledge of culture, ethics, history, communication, imagination, affect, religion, art, language and more to respond to urgent ecological crises and to reconceptualize ecological thinking. Located in Læderstræde 20 in Copenhagen city centre, CApE is co-housed by think tanks, NGOs, and other green organizations. This provides opportunities for creating new collaborations and networks across these actors.  More information about the center can be found here: hum.ku.dk/dokumenter/centre-for-applied-ecological-thinking.pdf/

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is home to a number of language-based area studies (Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Arctic and Mesoamerica) and to disciplines concerned with the study of culture and religion globally. Further information about the department may be found at tors.ku.dk

Project and Job description

JusTiDe investigates how climate justice is and has been conceived by civil society groups, expert bodies, decision-makers and interest groups in Denmark. The aim is to provide an integrated analysis of how climate justice commitments produce new types of legitimacy and temporal imagination in the Danish political landscape. Based on this complex interface between scientific advice, legal frameworks, and political cultures, JusTiDe's overarching research question is: How has climate justice produced new temporal imaginaries in Danish contexts of sustainable welfare, civil society engagement and global leadership ambitions?

Each postdoc candidate is expected to develop and conduct an individual research project under two subprojects:

  • Climate Justice Discourses and Contentions in Denmark investigates how global and national conceptualizations of justice are deliberated across the civil society groups, experts, and decision-makers active in the Danish climate debate.
  • Climate Justice as global leadership investigates Danish policy positions on climate justice in the context of past and present ideas of international climate leadership.

As part of project proposals, candidates are asked to designate which subproject it is aimed at. Candidates are welcome to submit proposals for both subprojects.

JusTiDe project group will have a total staff of 3 postdocs apart from the PI. Apart from research output, the team will co-develop a climate justice lab with participation of civil society groups, NGOs, experts and other stakeholders. There are ample possibilities and funding for co-developing other creative formats for research dissemination or participatory and experimental approaches within the center. Based at CApEs co-housed location in central Copenhagen, the project participants will have research colleagues in the center as well as relevant contacts in NGOs, thinktanks etc. As part of the project, the postdocs will have the opportunity to visit  European/Global research centres that are leading in environmental and climate justice.

Qualification requirements

In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

The applicant should have conducted significant individual or collaborative research in environmental or transformative branches of humanities or social science.

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities: employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising merit/dokumenter/Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf

For further information about the position, please contact Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen, e-mail: stefangj@hum.ku.dk phone: +45 40499269


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of this page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page).
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number).
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a research proposal for one or both subprojects described above (Max 3 pages)
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination if any.
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the appointment committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk . Please refer to ID number 211-1239/22-2I

Salary and conditions 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 DKK 35,700, (EUR 4,799) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here: ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here : ism.ku.dk  ,  Ny i Danmark  and www.workindenmark.dk/

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 4 December 2022 23:59 CET

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.

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