Associate Professor or Assistant Professor of Law

Updated: 11 days ago
Deadline: 19 Oct 2020

Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, advertises one or more positions as Associate Professor or Assistant Professor of Law, see below. The positions include research, teaching and administrative responsibilities. The positions are available from 1st April 2021 or as soon as possible. The position as Associate Professor is a permanent position, and the Assistant Professor position is temporary for a duration of four (4) years.  

The position as Associate Professor (permanent)
The Associate Professor’s primary duties are research and teaching, supervision of graduate students- and PhD students, participation in examinations, and administrative tasks in relation to bachelor-, graduate- and PhD studies.

The Associate Professor is expected to publish research in/with highly recognized journals/publishers, interact with relevant parts of the surrounding society, and contribute at the highest international level to the academic development of the research area and related study programmes for the benefit of society and the legal profession. Other obligations include research leadership, applications for research funding, educational guidance and supervision as well as academic evaluations.

The Associated Professor is obligated to develop and maintain their competences within teaching, education and pedagogy.

Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the Faculty.

The position as Assistant Professor (temporary for a duration of four (4) years)
The Assistant Professorship is a position with continued training. The Assistant Professor’s primary duties include research (publishing/scientific dissemination) and teaching, supervision of graduate students - and PhD students, participation in examinations, and administrative tasks in relation to bachelor -, graduate - and PhD studies. Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the Faculty.

Recruitment requirements for Associate Professor and Assistant Professor
The job advertisement is aimed at the fields of Law mentioned below:

  • Labour Law
  • Company Law
  • Law of Property and Obligations
  • Administrative Law
  • Tort Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Social Law
  • Insolvency Law

The Faculty is interested in applicants, whose research and teaching profile primarily includes one of the fields of Law above, and applicants who has an interdisciplinary research and education profile, which includes at least one of the above-mentioned subject areas.

Applicants are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the study programmes and the various courses in these, which are currently offered by the Faculty https://jura.ku.dk/english/education/

It is important that the applicant have experience of teaching one or more of the above-mentioned courses.

Qualifications as Associate Professor
Appointment as Associate Professor requires academic qualifications corresponding to those that can be obtained on the basis of a satisfactory period of employment as an Assistant Professor or equivalent.

The applicant must be able to document scientific production at an international level and must have experience of research presentation at the leading conferences in the subject area.

The applicant must be able to document the ability to provide relevant research-based teaching on the study programmes offered by the Faculty. In addition, experience of developing and/or administering courses or study programmes is an advantage.

It is a requirement that the applicant will be able to document the ability to contribute research within one or more of the research areas covered by the Faculty's research environments, and to show how the research can benefit the students on one or more of the Faculty's study programmes.

Emphasis is placed on the applicant's documented ability to contribute to research and teaching collaboration, the provision of external funding and the administration of external research projects.

Emphasis is also placed on the applicant being able to document experience of teaching as well as pedagogical qualifications, e.g. acquired through an Assistant Professor position or similar. If the successful applicant has not undergone a pedagogical programme for Assistant Professors, the Associate Professorship will be on probation for a period of up to 1 1/2 year to ensure that the requisite course is completed.

Six overall criteria apply for Associate Professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the UCPH criteria here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/

Read more about criteria for appointing Associate Professors here: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf

Qualification as Assistant Professor
Appointment as Assistant Professor requires academic qualifications as a PhD student. or the equivalent within the field of research in question. In the overall assessment of the individual applicant, emphasis is placed on the applicant's research and teaching potential.

The Faculty attaches great importance to the development and implementation of new, strong research ideas.

The Faculty also emphasizes on the interest in and commitment to teach, including the development of courses and a close correlation between research and teaching. Experience of publishing in leading journals and/or publishers as well as external funding is an advantage, but it is not a requirement. A broad teaching profile as well as documented completed pedagogical competency development is also an advantage.

The Faculty emphasizes the importance of the applicants’ interest in and preferably experience of collaborating with other researchers in order to carry out collective research and educational projects and will take a positive view of the documented ability to contribute to this.

Six overall criteria apply for Assistant Professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the UCPH criteria here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/

Read more about criteria for appointing Assistant Professors here: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf

Expected acquisition of Danish – Assistant Professor and Associate Professor
The Faculty expects that, over time, Assistant Professors and Associate Professors will acquire Danish at a level that enables teaching in Danish. The Faculty also actively supports the fact that employees who do not have in-depth knowledge of Danish (or another Scandinavian language) in speech and writing are able to acquire such knowledge to the extent necessary.

For more information, applicants are encouraged to read the memorandum “Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 ” as well as the “Guideto appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law ”.

If you have any questions about the job advertisement, please contact the Dean Jacob Graff Nielsen, dekan@jur.ku.dk .  

The application MUST include the following 8 elements:
Application, Letter of motivation, appendixes and
the submitted scientific publications, incl. papers, articles and books, must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.

  • Application / letter of motivation in which the applicant must clearly indicate whether the application concerns an assistant professor position, associate professor position or both positions
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas. Documentation of qualifications (degrees/diplomas, etc.)
  • Publications list. Complete numbered list of publications.
  • Teaching portfolio. This must include documentation for teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching visions within the research area. For more information regarding teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publications plans and plans for applications for external funding. The plan also documents the applicant’s skills to contribute to research in one or more of the Faculty's research centres and environments, including how research can benefit the students in one or more of the Faculty's study programmes.
  • Publications. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than two (2) may be monographs. Applicants, who submit a PhD thesis or equivalent must always submit the complete thesis and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications. The submitted research publications must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English
  • Co-author declaration. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.
  • In addition to the material, which the applicant wishes to include in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material for the assessment of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material should this be requested.

    Application procedure
    Upload the application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.

    Applications must be addressed to the Dean.

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

    You must write in the application which position you are applying for or both.

    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 profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan.  All applicants are then immediately 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.

    According to the University of Copenhagen’sAction Plan for Career, Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management ” there is to be at least one applicant of each gender before a position can be filled.

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

    If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work at University of Copehagen here: http://ism.ku.dk .

    Further information about the application procedure is available from academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk , please refer to ID number 211-0230/20-2E.

    Salary and terms of employment
    The salary will be made in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC) for Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. In addition to the basic salary you will receive an annual supplement per month and a total contribution to your pension fund equal 17,1 % of your salary and annual supplement is paid. It is possible to negotiate further salary supplements. 

    Application deadline
    The application must be uploaded by October 19, 2020, 23:59 GMT+1.

    Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.

    If your application does not include all the required supporting documents your application will be rejected and will not be considered by the assessment committee.

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    The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 80 full time researchers and approx. 50 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative staff members. In addition, approx. 450 part-time lecturers teach on the legal programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty website: https://jura.ku.dk/english for more information.


    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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