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Professorships in Political Science

University of Copenhagen

We invite applications for one or more positions as Full Professor or fixed-termed Professor with Special Responsibilities at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The positions are available from 1 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are sought from eminent candidates, who can enhance the Department’s research, education and societal impact in any field of specialization within the field of Political Science. In the context of the impact of new digital technologies on the politics and administration of welfare states, the Department seeks to strengthen its research in the fields of public administration, public policy and comparative politics and therefore especially welcome applications for candidates within those fields.

For more on the Department and its pluralistic academic environment, please consult our webpage:

Job Description  
General duties attached to the position as Professor or Professor with Special Responsibilities (MSO) are:  

  • Research within the field of Political Science  
  • Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD students  
  • Administrative tasks related to the position as Professor or Professor with Special Responsibilities  
  • Knowledge sharing with wider society  
  • Research and teaching management  
  • Fundraising   

Applicants for a full professorship must be able to document a very high degree of original scholarly production at international level and have a highly recognised international reputation. Applicants for a MSO professorship must have the potential to make progress in the subject area and being able to document original scholarly production at an international level. The position is established to appoint particular talent, to develop a subject area full of perspectives at an international level.  

In addition to the general professorial duties, the position as Professor with Special Responsibilities includes special responsibilities to make a specific contribution to realising the Department’s strategic goals by either increasing societal impact or innovation in teaching by including problem-solving competences or internationalization.   


  • An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced by a recognized international reputation in Political Science or a relevant subfield and demonstrated by a considerable number of existing high-quality publications, which constitute a significant contribution to the field and complements the existing research strengths of the Department. Publications should be published on a continuous basis in top-ranked journals and/or a highly influential publication record with leading book publishers.  
  • A commitment to contribute to the delivery and further development of an excellent student experience based on a significant 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.  
  • Proven ability to provide leadership of research groups as well as an ability to operate in leadership roles at the Departmental, Faculty and University levels.  
  • The ability and willingness to attract external funding on a larger scale and to lead research projects.  
  • Robust interpersonal skills which enables the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.  

Additional information can be obtained from Head of Department, Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Tel: +45 2118 1048, email:

The deadline for applications, including enclosures is 1 October 2018 (at Midnight 23.59 Danish Time) 

Please note: Applications cannot be based on this extract. Click here for full announcement:  

Location: Copenhagen - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th August 2018
Closes: 1st October 2018
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