Offering a high-performing, large and truly interdisciplinary social science environment, including also specific branches of legal science, the Department of Social Sciences and Business (ISE), Roskilde University (RUC), invites applications for a position as assistant professor (time-limited to 3 years) or associate professor (permanent) in law. The position is available from January 1 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
In announcing the position, ISE looks to develop its research and teaching in law as a branch of social sciences as it pertains to administrative law (including sub-disciplines related to GDPR, human resources, citizens’ rights etc); municipal law (including e.g. focus on public/private law relations) and/or to constitutional law. The department is interested in applicants whose research and teaching profile primarily includes one of these fields of law; applicants who have an interdisciplinary research profile; and applicants who have research qualifications within and are able to teach Danish dimensions of the preferred field of law.
ISE conducts interdisciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged research based on anthropology, business studies, development studies, economics, legal studies, political science, and sociology. It is an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment characterized by academic and methodological diversity in research and education. The department’s researchers put emphasis on research methodologies and they share a commitment to understanding businesses and society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. We produce research at the highest international level that feeds into our educational programmes, while simultaneously leveraging our research to impact social, economic and political change. Research in the department is organised in research groups. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with for instance sociologists, economists, political scientists, and anthropologists in one of these groups, as well as to coordinate teaching obligations with both law- and non-law-members of the department. Read more at https://ruc.dk/en/department-social-sciences-and-business.
Responsibilities and tasks for the assistant professor
As an assistant professor, we expect you to develop a field of expertise by adding new significant elements to the doctoral thesis and to publish in leading journals within relevant fields. We further expect you to contribute to the research culture in the department (academic citizenship). Your daily work will primarily include research and research-based teaching both as classroom teaching and project supervision with associated examination obligations. You should expect the teaching to be associated to one (or more) of our MA programmes, and to one of our social science BA programmes. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society including participation in the public debate.
The position entails an obligatory educational training programme that will give you pedagogical and didactic tools as well as familiarize you with the educational model of Roskilde University called Problem-oriented project learning (PPL).
The ideal candidate is expected to:
Develop a field of expertise beyond the scope of the doctoral thesis
Accomplish research meeting international standards
Contribute to the development of the research profile of the department
Collaborate with colleagues in establishing a vibrant research community
Contribute to our educational programmes
Contribute to the long-term well-being of the department
Perform some administrative tasks
Responsibilities and tasks for the associate professor
If you apply for the position as associate professor, we expect you to maintain a steady rate of publications as well as to make a contribution to the research culture in the department. The associate professor’s work primarily includes research and research-based teaching and supervision at BA and MA level (courses and seminars), project supervision and partaking in the development of our programmes. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in the public debate. Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to attract research grants, manage research projects, provide guidance and supervision of PhD students, and assistant professors, participate actively in research groups and development of new teaching activities, and engage in external fundraising and other activities to increase funds for the Department as well as take part in academic assessments and other tasks requested by the Department.
The ideal candidate is expected to:
Demonstrate evidence of a steady rate of publications, a progression in publications over time, as well as current research activity in the form of recent publications at high international level,
Accomplish research and engage in research cooperation meeting high international standards,
Contribute to boost the international recognition of the research of the Department,
Engage in external fundraising to increase funds for the Department,
Play a role in developing the educational programmes of the Department,
Contribute to two or more of our educational programmes and take lead in developing new legal courses in the programmes,
Contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department,
Participate in the Department’s communication with the broader public,
Take responsibility for the long-term well-being of the department and RUC at large
Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at ISE, and
Promote RUC’s academic reputation.
Qualifications (for applicants at both levels)
Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree. The ideal candidate matches most of the following characteristics:
Documented research qualifications within the preferred legal field (administrative law, municipal law, or constitutional law)
Documented research production at an international level, including publications in the field’s internationally recognized journals/publishing houses
Teaching experience in law at bachelor and master level
A keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.
Moreover, applicants for the associate professor position must have completed professional postgraduate teacher training courses.
Furthermore, the ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, and be a visible involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.
Ability to teach in Danish and on Danish legal material and scholarship is a great asset and successful candidates who do not speak Danish (or possibly Swedish or Norwegian) will be requested to acquire the necessary skills in Danish within the first two years of service, so as to ensure that they can participate satisfactorily in teaching activities as well as in academic and administrative activities at the University. At the time of appointment, successful candidates must master English for academic purposes. Potential applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark (taxation, healthcare etc.) here.
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:
Scientific production at an international level
Experience in teaching and education
Other academic experience e.g. from organizing research conferences or seminars
Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation
For further information about the position, please contact Dean of Social Sciences Peter Kragelund on tel. (+45) 4674 3335 / email@example.com or Associate Dean for Education Bodil Damgaard (+45) 4674 2251 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms of employment
The employment is full time and you will refer to the Dean of Social Sciences, Peter Kragelund. The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.
Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.
The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.
Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.
Cover letter in which the applicant must clearly indicate whether the application concerns an assistant professor position, associate professor position or both positions
Documentation of education
Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
A complete list of publications
A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment. If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)
Please submit your application no later than August 15, 2021.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.