Professor with Special Responsibilities (MSO) in ‘Social Studies’

Roskilde University – Department of Social Science and Business

The Department of Social Science and Business (ISE), Roskilde University, invites applications for a fixed-term position as professor with special responsibilities in Social Studies. The position is available from April 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

By opening a professorship with special responsibilities ISE looks to develop its research and teaching in social theory, modernity and religion, further.

Applicants should match the following profile:

  • Consolidated research profile within social theory, modernity and religion.
  • Track-record of securing external funding of research projects.
  • Consolidated teaching experience within the field of Social Studies.
  • Substantial experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.

The position will be linked to one of the following the research groups: ‘Global Political Sociology’, ‘Social Dynamics of Change’, or ‘Welfare, Diversity and Social Cohesion. See Research Strategy 2017-2020 here.

Responsibilities and tasks
The professor (MSO)’s responsibilities relate to the development of  ‘social theory, modernity and religion’ as a key research and teaching area in the department. The professor (MSO)’s duties will primarily include research (including publication/academic dissemination duties) and research-based teaching and supervision (with associated examination duties) primarily in the following teaching programmes: ‘Social Studies’, ‘Global Studies’, and the social science bachelor programs. In addition, the position includes a duty to actively share knowledge with society at large. Furthermore, the Professor (MSO) is expected to put in a considerable effort in fundraising and in managing large research projects in the area of the professorship as well as provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors as well as take active part in academic assessments, and fulfil other tasks requested by the Department.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Conduct research and engage in research cooperation within the field of ‘Social Studies’ meeting high international standards,
  • Develop and show academic leadership by developing and managing core educational and research related tasks,
  • Actively contribute to the development of the research profile of the Department,
  • Actively engage in external fundraising to increase funds for PhDs, post docs etc. at the Department,
  • Actively contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department and to RUC-wide tasks,
  • Actively participate in the Department’s communication with the broader public,
  • Take responsibility for the long-term well-being of the Department, and
  • Promote RUC’s academic reputation.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in an appropriate field. Qualifications within the following scientific areas are required:

  • Documented teaching qualifications or other material for the evaluation of your pedagogical level.
  • Documented research production at an international level, including high level of publications in the field’s internationally most recognized journals and/or publishing houses.

It is a requirement that the applicant provides 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. Experience with research leadership, editorial experience, citations, international networks and other research merits will be taken into account.

You are also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills and to be a visible, active participant in the Department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

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;

  • Research topic,
  • An original academic production at a high international level, which documents that the applicant has contributed to developing the academic discipline of Social Studies,
  • The fit between the description of the suggested responsibility (see application below) and ISE’s research strategy,
  • A track-record in the ability to attract external fundraising and manage large externally funded research projects,
  • A track record in research leadership and PhD supervision,
  • Strong teaching qualifications, considerable experience with project-based learning, and substantial interdisciplinary teaching experience,
  • Experience in education development and management,

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Peter Kragelund. Tel. +45 4674 3335, e-mail: or deputy Head of Department, Bodil Damgaard, tel. + 45 4674 2251, email:

Terms of employment
The employment is 37 hours per week and you will refer to Head of Department, Peter Kragelund.

Commencing salary will be for professor (MSO) minimum DKK 541.312 per year (1st April 2017 level) plus pension contribution (17,1 %).

The position is offered as a 5-year Professorship with Special Responsibilities, with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years. On expiry of the professorship period, the appointee is offered employment and remuneration as Associate Professor.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Read more about the recruitment process at Roskilde University here.

To apply for the position: Go to Roskilde University’s website. Click the 'Search Position' button in the job posting.

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

  • An Cover letter including a one-page description of your suggested responsibility as part of the professorship with special responsibilities including deliverables and a one-page description section of your planned research activities for the next 5 years.
  • CV with documentation of education.
  • Documentation of professional experience and teaching- and management experience.
  • A teaching portfolio. (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Co-author declaration if relevant (please find template here - to be signed only by you).
  • 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 the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors should be enclosed as well.
  • Up to a maximum of 7 research publications.

Please submit your application no later than December 1, 2017.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

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