Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Political Theory

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 15 Oct 2021

The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites excellent candidates for one or more tenure-track assistant professorships in Political Theory. We seek applications from candidates, who can enhance the Department’s research, education and societal impact covering both the history of political thought and contemporary political theory.

The position is available from 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as tenure-track assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.
Read more about the tenure-track program at Copenhagen University here: https://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/ .

The Department is a top-ranked European Political Science department, which offers a vibrant, collegial and pluralist academic working environment for ambitious scholars.

The pluralism of Political Science in Copenhagen is evidenced in the various epistemological and methodological approaches as well as sub-fields adopted by faculty, as well as in a wide range of core subjects in the MSc programme. 

The Department consists of some 65 faculty, as well as some 25 PhD students, organized in research groups and centres. For more on the Department, please consult our webpage: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/ .

The Department has some 2,100 students across its study programmes and welcomes annually appr. 200 exchange and guest students from abroad. See more on the Department’s study programmes here: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/education/ .

The Department is located on an attractive, historic campus in central Copenhagen – a city continuously voted as one of the most liveable European capitals. Located in a capital, the Department has a strong tradition for engagement in policy development and impact, and in national and international public debates. 

The successful candidates should represent the multifaceted and diverse field of Political Theory. Moreover, we are interested in candidates who feel at home in a pluralistic research environment that uses insights from the history of political thought and contemporary political theory to confront pressing societal and political challenges such as ‘democracy in crisis’ and climate change, leading to distrust and disillusion, crisis of legitimacy and representation, political polarization and citizen activism, and so on.
Research and teaching in the Department are methodologically and theoretically diverse. Our ideal candidates combine qualifications to teach both the introduction to the history of political thought at the BA-level and in our Specialization in Political Theory at the MA level, which focuses on contemporary political theory as well as advising bachelor projects and master theses. The chosen candidates should be able and willing to engage in intellectual exchanges across various theories and topics within the discipline. All successful candidates are expected to teach and supervise within the Department’s educational programmes (see below) within Political Theory or related fields, and to take actively part in the Political Theory Research Group.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting world-class research and teaching. 

General duties attached to the position as tenure-track Assistant Professor are:
•    Research within Political Theory in one or more of the fields described above
•    Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate and graduate students
•    Administrative tasks
•    Knowledge exchange with wider society (societal impact)
•    Contribution to the social and intellectual life of the Department
•    Contribution to acquisition of external funding, or plans thereof 

An assistant professor is also expected to develop competences and experience within research, teaching and dissemination. In time, the candidates should develop competences to attract funding within his/her specialist area. Finally, an assistant professor has administrative responsibilities.

Your Competencies and Opportunities
In order to be assessed qualified for a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidates must meet the University’s criteria of academic merit.
We expect candidates to present a clear, well-developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that will result in further world-leading publications, external research funding as well as a commitment to innovate teaching. 

Essential Qualifications
Applicants for Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship must have a PhD in Political Theory or equivalent academic qualifications, as well as:

An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced in a growing and ambitious publication profile that complements the existing research strengths of the Department and evidence of, or clear plans for attracting external research funding.

A commitment to contribute to delivering an excellent student experience based on a sizable track record of excellence in teaching in one or more of the main areas covered by the Department. The Department prefers candidates who can cover more than one of the main courses taught at BSc level.

An engagement in knowledge exchange and policy-impact in an international context and in Denmark. We encourage proactive engagement with government, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

Robust interpersonal skills; we look for candidates, who are constructive and empathic colleague and who thrives in a diverse and vibrant working environment. The preferred candidates have an aptitude for working collaboratively with colleagues in planning and delivering teaching, in research projects and in the discharge of administrative duties. 

Furthermore, the candidate must demonstrate a commitment to student learning, supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences
The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by: 

•    Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
•    Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
•    Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact 

For more on the Faculty strategy, see: Strategy for the Faculty of Social Science – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk) . You can read the Department’s strategy here https://polsci.ku.dk/bilag/StrategiFinalVersion.pdf .

Terms of Employment

  • Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the Department concerned
  • As this is a tenure track position, and therefore we strongly encourage the appointed assistant professor to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 3-6 years. The Department will provide the necessary language training
  • Further information on qualification requirements as assistant professor can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities here
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary range starts at DKK 34,655 (EUR 4,657) per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. 

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/ .

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/ .

Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk , please refer to ID number: 211-0102/21-2N.
Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Nina Græger, e-mail: ng@ifs.ku.dk , phone +45-35337662 or Deputy Head of Department for Education, Anders Berg-Sørensen, e-mail: abs@ifs.ku.du, phone + 45-35323449.

How to Apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal by clicking on the “Apply now” below. 

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

•    Motivated application
•    Curriculum vitae
•    Certificates and Diplomas
•    Publications. The 6 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 6.
•    Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with * on the list to be assessed.
•    Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
•    Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.

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

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2021, 23:59, CET.

Applications or enclosures 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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