Associate Professor(s) at the Department of Political Science and Public Management

Associate Professor(s) for the Department of Political Science and Public Management

The Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Odense invites applications for one or more associate professorships within public management, public administration and/or public policy as of October 1, 2018 or as agreed.

Successful candidate(s) 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 successful applicant(s) will be affiliated with the Public Administration section and/or the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the strategies of and current activities within the relevant unit.

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

  • Conduct teaching, supervision, administration, and development of the department’s portfolio of study programmes. Applicants seeking affiliation with the Public Administration section should expect to teach in our professional master programmes for mid-career managers.
  • Conduct and publish research at a high international level within the fields of public management, public administration, and/or public policy.
  • Acquire individual/collective external grants to develop the research environment to the benefit of not least junior colleagues.
  • Perform a number of research-related tasks such as engaging in knowledge exchange with the wider society, conducting research management including supervision and mentoring of assistant professors, postdocs and PhD students, and participation in academic assessment committees.

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

  • Delineate a research profile aligned with the relevant research section’s/centre’s research profile indicating a po­tential of making international scholarly impact.
  • Document a substantial publication record at an inter­nationally recognized level.
  • Document the ability to form and develop professional networks.
  • Document ample experience with various teaching and supervision formats as well as good teaching results.
  • Document the ability to develop and implement new pedagogical or didactical techniques.
  • Have experience with and a genuine interest in outreach or knowledge-sharing activities.
  • Document fulfilment of ONE of the following specific criteria
    • Success in attracting larger amounts of external funding (e.g. as co-applicant), and strong potential for successful fundraising of major projects within 2-3 years.
    • Strong experience and good results within genuine course development and coordination and/or contribution to published teaching material.
    • Proven ability to identify societal problems and shape research agenda accordingly.

It is important to us that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to taking part in the everyday academic and social environment at the department. Such engagement can be documented by e.g. past engagement in social and professional activities. Within a three-year period, foreign applicants are expected to master the Danish language at a level which enables reading Danish exam papers and administrative documents.

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 wishes our staff to 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 cel@sam.sdu.dk, the Head of the Public Administration Section, Signe Pihl-Thingvad ssp@sam.sdu.dk, or the Head of Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, Klaus Petersen, klaus.petersen@sdu.dk Application, salary, etc.

Appointment to the position 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
  • An elaborated research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 3-5 years that describes:
    • the potential to advance the field (both empirically and theoretically)
    • relationships to ongoing activities in the relevant section/centre at the department
    • planned national and international collaborations
    • the potential of obtaining external funding
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. NOTE: If the publication has 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.   

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applicants applying for an associate professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.

Applications’ qualifications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.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 appointments committee. The appointments 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 candidate(s) will be offered the position.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than May 14, 2018 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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