Assistant/Associate Professor in law, Roskilde University (RUC)

Offering a high-performing, large and truly interdisciplinary social science environment, the Department of Social Sciences and Business (ISE), Roskilde University (RUC), invites applications for a position as assistant (time-limited to 3 years) or associate professor (permanent) in law. The position is available from January 1 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

In announcing the position, ISE looks to develop its research in law as a branch of social sciences as conducted at ISE and teaching in law as it pertains to Administrative Law, Business Law, International & Constitutional Law, or Social Law. The Department is interested in applicants, whose research and teaching profile primarily includes one of these fields of law; applicants who has an interdisciplinary research and education profile, which includes at least one of the above-mentioned subject areas; and applicants who are able to teach national as well as international dimensions of the preferred field of law.

ISE conducts interdisciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged research based on anthropology, business studies, development studies, economics, legal studies, political science, and sociology. It is an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment characterized by academic and methodological diversity in research and education. The department’s researchers put emphasis on research methodologies and they share a commitment to understanding businesses and society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. We produce research at the highest international level that feeds into our educational programmes, while simultaneously leveraging our research to impact social, economic and political change. Research in the department is organised in research groups. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with for instance sociologists, economists, political scientists, and anthropologists in one of these groups. Read more at https://ruc.dk/en/department-social-sciences-and-business.

Responsibilities and tasks for the assistant professor
If you apply for the position as assistant professor, we expect you to develop a field of expertise by adding new significant elements to the doctoral thesis and to publish in leading journals within relevant fields. We further expect you to contribute to the research culture in the department (academic citizenship). Your daily work will primarily include research and research-based teaching both as classroom teaching and project supervision with associated examination obligations. You should expect the teaching to be associated to one (or more) of our MA programmes, and to one of our social science BA programmes. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society including participation in the public debate.

The position entails an obligatory educational training programme that will give you pedagogical and didactic tools as well as familiarize you with the educational model of Roskilde University called Problem-oriented project learning (PPL).

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Develop a field of expertise beyond the scope of the doctoral thesis
  • Accomplish research meeting international standards
  • Contribute to the development of the research profile of the department
  • Collaborate with colleagues in establishing a vibrant research community
  • Contribute to two or more of our educational programmes
  • Contribute to the long-term well-being of the department
  • Perform some administrative tasks

Responsibilities and tasks for the associate professor
If you apply for the position as associate professor, we expect you to maintain a steady rate of publications as well as to make a contribution to the research culture in the department. The associate professor’s work primarily includes research and research-based teaching and supervision at BA and MA level (courses and seminars) and project supervision. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in the public debate. Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to attract research grants, manage research projects, provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors, participate actively in research groups and development of new teaching activities, and engage in external fundraising and other activities to increase funds for the Department as well as take part in academic assessments and other tasks requested by the Department.

The ideal candidate is expected to:
  • Demonstrate 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,
  • Accomplish research and engage in research cooperation meeting high international standards,
  • Contribute to boost the international recognition of the research of the Department,
  • Engage in external fundraising to increase funds for the Department,
  • Play a role in developing the educational programmes of the Department,
  • Contribute to two or more of our educational programmes
  • Contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department,
  • Participate in the Department’s communication with the broader public,
  • Take responsibility for the long-term well-being of the department and RUC at large
  • Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at ISE, and
  • Promote RUC’s academic reputation.

Qualifications (for applicants at both levels)
Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree. The ideal candidate matches most of the following characteristics:
  • Documented research qualifications within law
  • Teaching experience at bachelor and master level within law
  • A keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.

Moreover, applicant for the associate professor position must have completed professional postgraduate teacher training courses.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, and be a visible involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

Ability to teach in Danish is a great asset and 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.

Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates for an assistant professorship, consideration will be given to:
  • Research topic
  • Scientific production at an international level
  • Research potential
  • Experience in teaching and education
  • Other academic experience e.g. from organizing research conferences or seminars
  • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

In the assessment of the candidates for an associate professorship, consideration will be given to:
  • Research topic
  • Scientific production at a high international level
  • Research potential and the ability to promote and utilise research results
  • Experience in teaching and education development and management
  • Ability to attract external funding and manage research projects
  • Other academic experience e.g. from organizing research conferences or seminars
  • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

Questions
For further information about the position, please contact Dean of Social Sciences Peter Kragelund on tel. (+45) 4674 3335 / jpk@ruc.dk or Associate Dean for Education Bodil Damgaard (+45) 4674 2251 / bodam@ruc.dk

Terms of employment
The employment is full time and you will refer to the Dean of Social Sciences, Peter Kragelund.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Application

To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Documentation of education

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)

5. A complete list of publications

6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment

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 your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)

Please submit your application no later than 1. november 2020.

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

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

 


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