Postdoc/Assistant Professor in Organization Theory and Impact of Funding

Updated: 6 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Jul 2023

1 Jun 2023
Job Information

Copenhagen Business School

Department of Organization
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

2 Jul 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Copenhagen)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Offer Starting Date

1 Jan 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization, invites applications for a vacant Postdoc/Assistant Professor position in the field of Organization Theory and Impact. The position has a duration of three years (including 6 months teaching responsibility). The anticipated starting date is January 1, 2024, or sooner.

The position is part of a collaborative research project entitled “The Impact of Big Funding on the Outcomes and Institutionalized Form of the University” (details available upon request), which is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and led by Principal Investigator Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel. The Asssitant Professor will become part of an existing research team consisting of two postdocs and one PhD. The team conducts research on how changes in field-level financial structures – e.g., amounts, time horizons, and recipients of funding – impact organizational form. The team studies this question in the context of higher education and in relation to large-scale research grants.

The candidate for this position should have expertise in organization theory and experience with publication in high-impact journals within general management and organization studies. Relevant areas of expertise include institutional theory, work and professions, and organization and time, and interest in organizational processes related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology is considered an advantage. The candidate should have significant expertise in and experience with qualitative research designs and methods, including interview-based studies, ethnographies, and archival data analysis. The position involves extensive qualitative research in Denmark, Australia, and the Netherlands, and a willingness to reside in the Copenhagen area for the main part of the scholarship. The position entails close collaboration with the PI and the research team in an integrated team structure, hosted within the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School.

The Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and organizational life. Our research is focused upon organizing processes and their outcomes, and motivated by an interest in organization and management as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. Our approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, ethnography, political economy, and social psychology. Methodologically, our research is predominantly qualitative and often involves case study and fieldwork methodology.

Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as teaching in post-experience and doctoral education.

To fulfill the research requirements of the position, the applicant(s) chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department. The qualified applicant is obliged to participate in the assistant professor program at CBS on teaching principles and methods in order to fulfill the pedagogical requirements made at the end of the term of employment as assistant professor.

The applicant must hold a PhD or the equivalent. Emphasis is placed on the applicant’s research potential, which means that a researcher with a large research potential may be preferred to a researcher with a large research production. 


The following qualifications will count substantially in the assessment of candidates:

-        Accomplished academic research record.

-        Proven application of qualitative methods and advanced social science theory.

-        Proven ability to perform research successfully in professional environments.

-        Experience with publication of qualitative research in high-impact journals.

-        Oral and written proficiency in English.

-        Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.

-        Ability to manage research projects.

-        Enthusiasm for empirical research and theoretical curiosity.

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see

Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organization of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

For further information please contact: Principal Investigator Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel, e-mail: jbv.ioa@ . Information about the department is available at .

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. A small personal research budget for travel and conference participation will be available. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at .

Candidates must submit their application via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.  The application must include:

  • A statement of application. 
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV. 
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level, including publications in the field’s internationally recognized journals and citations in the Social Science Citation Index and/or Google Scholar.  
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications or other material for the evaluation of your pedagogical level. 
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation. 
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement. 
  • Copies of the publications marked with an *. Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration. 
  • It is possible, but not required, to include letters of recommendation.
  • Documentation for English language skills unless the candidate is a native speaker.

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee will shortlist 2-5 applicants (when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted), which the Assessment Committee will evaluate. The applicants will receive notification of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, each applicant will receive notification of the outcome of your application.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position. An appointment committee will review the applications and invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview.

One of CBS’ strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to ensure a recruitment process that reduces potential bias. Applicants are therefore encouraged not to include a photo or unnecessary personal information in their application.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at .


Deadline for application:July 2, 2023


Application due: 7/2/2023



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Located at Frederiksberg, Denmark, the school has approx. 21.000 full and part-time students, 760 full-time faculty members, 210 PhD students and 680 administrative staff, and a full portfolio of Bachelor, Master’s, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish.

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PhD or equivalent

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