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Assistant Professorship in International Politics (Tenure Track)

The Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Odense invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in International Politics as of January 1, 2020 or as agreed.

Applicants for tenure-track assistant professor positions at SDU must be scholars with an internationally competitive research profile, whose potential is at the very forefront of their discipline. Furthermore, the successful candidate must be able and willing to support the department in realizing its two overarching strategic objectives: First, we strive to produce original ideas through high-quality and pioneering research. Second, we want to address major societal challenges and to exchange knowledge with society through high-quality study programmes and genuine engagement with societal actors and the wider public. The department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles, and, thus, applicants must present a clear academic profile. By academic profile we understand the combined quality of research, teaching and societal engagement. For more information about the department and its strategy, please visit the website.

The international politics section of the department offers both general and IR-related courses to bachelor students in political science and specialized graduate courses in political science, especially in the master's programme in International Security and Law. The section trains doctoral candidates, sometimes in partnership with other Danish and European institutes and universities. Research is multidisciplinary and focuses mainly, though not exclusively, on contemporary security issues. Most researchers in the section also participate in the Center for War Studies (CWS), a multidisciplinary research unit promoting research into fundamental questions of war and peace. For a detailed description of the section's profile and activities, please visit the CWS website.

The successful applicant will be tasked with a range of obligations at the department, including:

  • Conduct and publish research at a high international level in areas of relevance to the International Politics Section. The ideal applicant has a research profile that makes it possible and relevant to reach out for collaboration across the department.
  • Conduct teaching and supervision within the department's entire portfolio of study programmes, including the full-time political science programme and, in particular, within the field of comparative politics broadly defined (e.g. national and international political institutions, comparative methods, democracy, global governance, regime transformation, instability, and/or conflict).
  • Perform a number of research-related tasks such as taking active part in developing the research collectively by e.g. joining common research projects, seeking external funding, engaging in knowledge exchange activities with the surrounding society, and co-supervision of PhD students.

For applicants to qualify for the position, the following criteria must be met (please also consult the Scholarly Qualification Matrix):

  • Delineate a research profile aligned with the strategy of the International Politics Section indicating po­tential of making international scholarly impact and facilitate research cooperation within the center and/or the department.
  • Document a publication record at an inter­nationally recognized level.
  • Document an ability to take part in professional networks.
  • Document university level teaching
  • Document experience with knowledge exchange activities and/or societal engagement.

It is important to us that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to take part in the everyday academic and social environment at the department. Such engagement can be documented by, for example, past engagement in social and professional activities.

Note that applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships at SDU are not only assessed on the basis of the general qualification guidelines, but also on their potential to reach an international level of scholarly excellence during the tenure-track period.

Within a three-year period, applicants are expected to master Danish at a level which enables them to correct Danish exam papers and read administrative documents. Within a five-year period, foreign applicants must be able to document Danish language skills at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This can be satisfied by passing Prøve i Dansk 3 (3.5) or an equivalent test. The department offers free language classes and a reduction in workload to support non-Danish speaking employees.

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 aims to employ staff that 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, Vincent Keating,

The Danish tenure-track employment
The Danish tenure-track employment is a focused assistant professorship with a guaranteed assessment for a position as an associate professor, not limited in time, within the tenure-track assistant professor's field of study. 

The tenure-track assistant professor will be assigned a mentor upon employment. The Head of Department will further host annual performance and development reviews to ensure the progress of the assistant professor's development towards meeting the qualification criteria at the associate professor level. A formal midterm evaluation will be conducted by a committee consisting of the Head of Department and two external researchers with relevant qualifications, with the purpose to ensure the focus of the assistant professor's activities, as well as to create the basis for the planning of the remaining period.

The transition from assistant professor to associate professor
The tenure-track assistant professor is expected to transition into an associate professor position no later than 6 years after being employed in the tenure track. Transition can take place sooner. The transition requires a positive assessment conducted by a formally approved assessment committee, consisting of a chairman from SDU and two external members, all approved by the dean, the academic council and the tenure-track committee of the university.

Given the fact that a positive evaluation alone and without competition, guarantees a position as associate professor, a transition only takes place when the assessment committee confirms that the assistant professor has scholarly merits beyond what can normally be expected for qualification at the associate professor level, with reference to the department's Scholarly Qualification Matrix. Specifically, a positive transition evaluation requires the following additional qualifications:

  • An internationally recognized research profile aligned with the department's research profile.
  • Frequent publication in international journals and/or with university presses. Output volume counts, but we prioritize quality.
  • A track record of acquiring external grants.
  • Solid experience and good results with course development and coordination and/or contribution to published teaching material.
  • Proven ability to identify societal problems and shape one's own research agenda accordingly.
  • Evidence of active contributions to the administrative and managerial tasks at the department.
  • A progression in Danish skills satisficing the general expectations (see above).

The recruitment process
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:

  • A detailed CV
  • A detailed research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 4-6 years that describes the applicant's:
    • Potential to advance the field (both empirically and theoretically)
    • Relationship to the aim and goals of the department and the International Politics Section
    • Planned national and international collaborations to support the research plan
    • Plans for obtaining external funding to support the research plan.
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master's and PhD degree)
  • A complete list of publications, which indicates the publications most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration.

Furthermore, applicants are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio may be found here.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications that are incomplete with regards to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

Assessment of applications will be done under the existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee consisting of three senior scholars (two of which are external to SDU) in the relevant field. The committee determines whether applicants are qualified to be an Assistant Professor in a tenure track. 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.

Shortlisting and personal tests may be used in the assessment process.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants. On the basis of the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointments committee, the Head of Department determines which applicant will be offered the position.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than October 1, 2019 using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

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

Read the guideline for applicants.

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

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