Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship(s) in International Relations

03. 4. 2020

We invite applications for one or more positions as Tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The positions are available from 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are sought from eminent candidates who can enhance the Department’s research education and societal impact within the field of International Relations (including, but not limited to security studies, gender, diplomacy, war, post-colonialism, international political sociology and political economy).

Within IR, the Department also seeks to strengthen its research in global environmental politics (including, but not limited to research on climate change, sustainability, biodiversity, and/or pollution).  We welcome applications within both IR and global environmental politics.

Research and teaching in the Department, including in the IR research group, which will be the organizational ‘home’ of the assistant professor(s), is methodologically and theoretically diverse.We expect successful candidates to be able and willing to engage in intellectual exchanges across a range of IR theories and topics and methods within the discipline.

All successful candidates are expected to teach and supervise within the Department’s educational programmes (see below) within IR or related fields. For more on the Department and its pluralistic academic environment, please consult our webpage: http://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/


Job Description

  • General duties attached to the position are:
  • Research within the field of international relations IR
  • Research specializing on global environmental politics (for at least one of the positions)
  • 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 project acquisition, or plans thereof

We also expect an assistant professor to develop competences and experience within research, teaching and dissemination. In time, the successful candidate should develop competences to attract funding within his/her specialist area.


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
To be qualified for the position the applicant must have a PhD in Political Science 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 primarily by a well-received PhD dissertation and an emerging international reputation based on a publication profile that complements the existing research strengths of the Department
  • A commitment to contribute to the delivery of an excellent student experience based on a 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 Denmark as well as in an international context. 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, which enables the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.


The Department
The Department is a top-ranked European Political Science department, which offers a vibrant and collegial working environment for ambitious scholars. The pluralism of Political Science in Copenhagen is evidenced in the various epistemological and methodological approaches as well as a wide-range of sub-fields adopted by faculty, as reflected in a wide-range of core subjects in the MSc programme. The Department is located on an attractive, historic campus in central Copenhagen – a city continuously voted as one of the  best European capitals to live in. Located in a capital, the Department has a strong tradition for engagement in policy development and impact, and in public debates – in Denmark as well as on the European policy-scene.

The Department has 2,200 students (1,800 in its BSc and MSc programmes in Political Science, 200 in the BSc and MSc programmes in Social Studies, 100 in the MSc programme in Security Risk Management), and is one of the founders and an active contributor to the MSc programme in social data science. Furthermore, the department welcomes annually approximately 200 exchange and guest students from abroad.

The Department consists of some 71 faculty, 35 PhD students and 25 administrative staff. See more on the Department’s strategy here: http://polsci.ku.dk/bilag/StrategiFinalVersion.pdf, and the Department’s study programmes here: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/study/


Conditions of employment
Assistant professorship is a further-education post, where supervision as well as pedagogical training is provided. The position(s) will be part of the tenure-track programme at the University of Copenhagen. The programme offers the tenure-track candidate a contract of six years that may result in a tenured associate professorship. For additional information about assistant professorships, tenure track assistant professorships and the Job Structure for Academic Staff at the University, see:

http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/career-at-upch/ and: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenuretrack-at-ucph/

Terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary as Assistant Professor is based on seniority and is within the range of DKK 412,378 – 434,179. In addition to the salary paid directly, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to the pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of the salary. Negotiations for additional supplements will be possible.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited from abroad, see http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/taxes/


Applications must be written in English and must include the following information and documentation:

  • A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present
  • employment and academic background including a record of research and international research cooperation.
  • A maximum of 6 publications.
  • A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Documentation of teaching experience and evaluation, supervisory activities and pedagogical training (if any).
  • Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society (if any).

If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.


Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert Assessment Committee or not. The selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on that part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/

The University of Copenhagen, in partnership with Perrett Laver, is undertaking a targeted search to identify the most suitable and highly qualified individuals to fulfil these strategically important positions. An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist in the recruitment. For informal inquiries about the role please contact Yana Shevkirova (Yana.Shevkirova@perrettlaver.com; +44 (0)20 7340 6208) regarding the open IR position, and Nataliya Mykhalchenko (Nataliya.Mykhalchenko@perrettlaver.com or via + 44 (0)207 340 6237) regarding the IR position specializing in Global Environmental Politics.





The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview with the Appointment Committee. Interviews are scheduled for September.

Information about the application procedure is available from HR Southern City, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0052/20-2N.

Additional information can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Nina Græger, Phone: +45 935 160 18, email: ng@ifs.ku.dk

The deadline for applications, including enclosures is 10 June 2020 (at Midnight 23.59 CEST)

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.