Assistant Professorships in International Relations

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. & forskning

The Department of Political Science and Public Management invites applications for one or more 3-year assistant professorships in International Relations to start on February 1, 2018 or soon thereafter.

The Department of Political Science and Public Management is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. It is organized around five research sections and several cross-disciplinary research centres and research groups. Currently, the department employs around 90 people and attracts 2,000 students in its various full-time bachelor and master programmes and part-time professional master programmes. For a detailed description of the department's profile and activities, please see the department's website.

The international relations section of the department offers introductory IR courses to bachelors in political science as well as journalism, and graduate courses in political science and especially in the master programme in international security and law. Research is multidisciplinary and focuses mainly on security issues, but not exclusively. Researchers are anchored in the IR section but also participate in the Center for War Studies (CWS), which is a multidisciplinary research unit promoting research into fundamental questions of war and peace. For a detailed description of the section's and the research collective's profile and activities, please visit the CWS website.

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to:

  • Conduct teaching and supervision within the department's entire portfolio of study programmes, but primarily within the political science programmes in general, and international security and law programme in particular.
  • Conduct and publish research at a high international level.
  • Perform a number of research-related tasks such as taking active part in developing the research collective focusing on security and war by e.g. joining common research projects, seeking external funding, engaging in knowledge exchange activities with the surrounding society, outreach activities, and co-supervision of PhD students.

To qualify for the position, applicants must have distinct research qualifications and interests within international security studies and war studies. We encourage theoretical and methodological diversity but place an emphasis on research contributing to key scholarly debates. We value conceptual inquiry that derives not only from modern IR but also philosophy, history, and law, and that addresses issues of diplomacy, morality, and ethics by way of the explicit exercise of judgment.

The department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles, and thus applicants must present a carefully delineated academic profile. By academic profile we understand the combined quality of research, teaching and societal engagement. An academic profile will depict how these dimensions interrelate for the applicant and what type of academic we might be hiring. We expect all candidates to have a promising record in terms of both high-qualitative research publications and teaching, including the development of applied forms of teaching and evaluation.

In addition to the professional qualifications, the successful candidate(s) is required to possess good interpersonal skills and will be expected to engage in the everyday academic and social environment at the department. Within a three-year period, foreign appointees are expected to master the Danish language at a level which enables reading Danish exam papers and administrative documents. Further information about requested capabilities, please consult the departments' Scholarly Qualification Matrix.

The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department's ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Christian Elmelund-Præstekær, or Head of Section, Sten Rynning, .

Application, salary, etc.

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the positionUp to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication, if the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf
  • Research and publication plan for the next 3 years underlining the relation to the research objectives of the Center for War Studies

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities.

Applicants applying for an assistant professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application documenting teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.

Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified for an assistant professorship. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns them. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the head of department, who will assemble an appointment committee and determine who will be invited to a job interview. The appointment committee will manage job interviews and advise the head of department on whom to appoint to the position(s).

Applications that are incomplete will be rejected without evaluation.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) Word format.

Read the guideline for the applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.


01 november 2017

Ansøgningsfrist d. 01.11.2017

Ph.d. & forskning
Matematik, Fysik & Nano
Sprog, Media & Kommunikation
Forskning & Udvikling
Organisation & Forening
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Opslag oprettet d. 02.10.2017, sidst opdateret d. 02.10.2017

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