Climate Constitutionalism - Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Law, Aarhus University

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 Mar 2023

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral fellow to work on the exciting project Climate Constitutionalism: Theory, Institutions and Challenges funded by Aarhus University Research Foundation. The project runs for 36 months, is led by Professor Ole W. Pedersen, the Principal Investigator, and involves conducting research into the relationship between constitutional norms and climate change.

During the project, you will provide assistance to the Principal Investigator and undertake independent research into the constitutional challenges posed by climate change, including in relation to theoretical and conceptual understandings of constitutionalism, institutional developments and adjudication. You will also provide assistance in organising workshops and advisory board meetings.

The post is for three years and represents a unique opportunity to acquire valuable research experience, to contribute to the development of an emerging field and to disseminate findings in form of publications and research briefings. The project is expected to start on 1 June 2023 or at a date agreed with the successful candidate.

Employment as a Postdoctoral fellow requires a PhD degree in law or a related field.

The ideal candidate holds the following qualifications:

  • Prior knowledge of and an interest in constitutional law, climate change and environmental law.
  • Ambition to develop high-impact and original publications.
  • Ability to integrate knowledge from across diverse areas of law.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • A track record of research publications appropriate to career stage.
  • A willingness to teach at bachelor´s and master´s levels in related subject

The successfull candidate is expected to be present in Aarhus.

Further Information

For further information about the position and the department, please contact Professor Ole W. Pedersen on

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-supporter Cecilie Maria Hermansen,  e-mail:
Place of work

Bartholins Allé 16, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. 

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Terms of employment

The appointment is made in accordance with the

Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities

as well as the circular on the

Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State

(in Danish).

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of  Academic Staff at Universities


Application procedure

When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  • Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

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The evaluation process

After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see

Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS


Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.
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