Tenure-track assistant professor of Law

University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law


Tenure-track assistant professor of Law


The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, advertises one or more positions as tenure-track assistant professor of Law within the fields of commercial law, labour law and constitutional law. The positions are available from 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible.


Job content  
A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate post will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Faculty, including examinations and administration.  


Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor. 


Read more about the tenure-track program at the University of Copenhagen here: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/

Qualification requirements
The position requires scientific qualifications such as a Ph.D. or equivalent within the research area.


The overall assessment of the applicant will emphasize the applicant’s research and teaching potential.


The Faculty emphasizes the applicant’s interest in development and implementation of new strong research ideas with international impact. Emphasis is also be placed on the applicant’s interest and engagement in teaching and development of courses and creating coherence between research and teaching. Experience with publishing research in well-known international journals or publishers as well as external funding will be an advantage but not a requirement. A broad documented teaching profile and completed pedagogical course will be an advantage.


Emphasis is also be placed on the applicant’s interest and experience with collaboration with other researchers and ability to complete joint research and teaching projects. The faculty considers the documented ability to contribute in this regard as positive.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with research and study programs at the Faculty and the various courses in these, which are currently offered by the Faculty:



https://studier.ku.dk/bachelor/jura/undervisning-og-opbygning (in Danish only)


Acquiring Danish Skills
The positions are permanent and connected to mandatory courses in Danish and therefore the Faculty expects that the appointed tenure-track assistant professor over time acquires skills in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish. The Faculty actively encourages and supports academic staff with little or no knowledge of written and oral Danish (or another Scandinavian language) in the effort to acquire skills in Danish. 


For more information, applicants are encouraged to read the memorandum “Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013” as well as the “Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law”.


For further information about the position, please contact Henrik Palmer Olsen, Associate Dean of Research, e-mail: Henrik.Palmer.Olsen@jur.ku.dk



Letter of motivation, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications, incl. papers, articles and books, must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.

The application MUST include the following 8 elements:

  1. Application / letter of motivation


  2. Curriculum vitae


  3. Diplomas. Documentation of qualifications (degrees/diplomas, PhD diploma etc.)


  4. Publications list. Complete numbered list of publications.


  5. Teaching portfolio. This must include documentation for teaching qualifications, evaluations as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching visions within the research area. For more information regarding teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen.


  6. Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publications plans and plans for applications for external funding. The plan also documents the applicant’s skills to contribute to research in one or more of the Faculty's research centres and environments, including how research can benefit the students in one or more of the Faculty's study programmes.


  7. Publications. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than two (2) may be monographs. Applicants, who have written a PhD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications if the thesis is written in one of the languages mentioned below. A PhD thesis written in another language may be submitted, but the Assessment Committee is not required to assess the thesis. The submitted research publications must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.


  8. Co-author declaration. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

In addition to the material, which the applicant wishes to include in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material for the assessment of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material should this be requested.


Application procedure

The application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications must be uploaded electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.


Applications must be addressed to the Dean.


An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.


Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email.


Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been submitted for assessment by an Assessment Committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.


University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


For further information on the process please contact HR academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0019/19-2N.


Salary and terms of employment
The appointment is temporary for a duration of six (6) years and will be made in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In addition to the basic salary you will receive an annual supplement per month and a total contribution to your pension fund equal 17,1 % of your salary and annual supplement is paid. It is possible to negotiate further salary supplements.


Participation in the Faculty’s educational programme for Assistant Professors is obligatory.


Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by 14 November 2019, 23:59 GMT+1.


Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.


If your application does not include all the required supporting documents your application will be rejected and will not be considered by the assessment committee.


The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 100 full time researchers and approx. 55 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative staff members. In addition, approx. 400 part-time lecturers teach on the legal programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty website: http://jura.ku.dk/english for more information.

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