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Postdoctoral positions at CEVIA
University of Copenhagen

  • Nov. 28, 2016
  • Jan. 30, 2017
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Law - General
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Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
The Faculty of Law (Faculty), University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for positions as postdocs within the research area of one of the Faculty’s research centres – CEVIA (Centre for Enterprise Liability). The positions are available from 15th May 2017 or as soon as possible, and for duration of three (3) years. Start date is negotiable.

CEVIA is a Research Unit funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences (FSE). Its research focus is on the important role played by the private enterprise in modern society in which private actors are powerful players which increasingly take on tasks that have traditionally been considered public tasks. Thus, research in the centre has a private/public law perspective and focuses on uncovering the described development and its implications for the liability of the private enterprise.

By bringing together a transnational group of high level scholars with a background in both private law and public law CEVIA encourages exchanges across different – primarily – legal disciplines, and promotes research collaboration in the field of enterprise liability.

Read more about CEVIA here:

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the faculty’s research areas and education programmes by visiting the Faculty’s website: When assessing applications, special consideration will be given to the applicant’s ability to help strengthen the Faculty’s research and education programmes – including in subject areas where the faculty currently does not have any appointed staff members.

The Faculty actively supports the effort to learn Danish.

The postdoc projects
For this call, CEVIA welcomes research proposals for the two following collective projects:

1. Maritime management, organization and liability

Of particular interest for this call would be applications focusing on organizational and other challenges for the shipping companies created by national regulation with extraterritorial effect but also other topics falling within the project description are welcomed. Contact person: Associate Professor Anders Møllmann (

2. Health and safety at the workplace

Of particular interest for this call would be applications focusing on challenges to workers’ rights created by organizational complexity of companies and the role played by insurance and pension funds with regard to securing health and safety at the workplace. Contact person: Professor Vibe Ulfbeck (

Required qualifications
The positions requires academic qualifications PhD, JSD or equivalent degree in law or in another social science discipline, provided the applicant can also document sufficient qualifications in law. All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken). Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high quality peer-reviewed research publications.

In the overall assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s research and teaching potential. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s ambition to develop and implement new research ideas, which may have an international impact. Furthermore, the Faculty places emphasis on the applicant’s interest and preferably, prior experience, in working with other researchers to conduct collective research and teaching activities and welcomes the applicant’s proven ability to make a valuable contribution in this regard.

Salary and terms of employment
The fellowships is full time temporary appointment for duration of three (3) years.

The appointment is based on the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In addition to the basic salary, an annual increment of DKK 50.773,18 (as of 1 April 2016) is paid. Furthermore, a total contribution to your pension fund, equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual increment, is paid.

The positions include research, teaching and administrative responsibilities.

For further information, please see ‘Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013’ and ‘Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law’. Both documents are available on the Faculty’s website.

Letter of motivation, appendices and the submitted research publications (including papers, articles and books), must be written in English. The application will be rejected if not all the required documents are submitted.

It is essential that you fill out all the mandatory fields in the electronic application even though the info is already stated in your CV, application, publication or other material you may find relevant to upload. The completed fields will be screened during the shortlisting and assessment process and in order to generate your final assessment, which we will send to you after the assessment work is finalized.

The application MUST include the following nine (9) elements:
1. Letter of motivation (a one page document explaining the reasons for applying to a postdoc position at CEVIA)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Research project. Applications should include a proposal for a research project to be completed during the post-doctoral period. Proposals should be no more than four pages long. The proposal should demonstrate the capacity to develop a postdoctoral project, identifying the relevant methodological tools to achieve the outlined project. 4. Diplomas, PhD or JSD diploma or alternatively a document showing that the applicant submitted or will submit a dissertation
5. Complete, numbered list of publications
6. Teaching portfolio, including documentation for teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant’s teaching visions within the research area. For more information regarding the teaching portfolio, please see the related guidelines
7. Academic references, if available (please upload under "other relevant material")
8. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than one (1) may be a monograph. Applicants, who have written a PhD or JSD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis (if the thesis is written in Danish, English, Swedish or Norwegian) and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications.
9. 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 been published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

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

Application procedure
Letter of motivation, appendices and the research 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.

We will not accept submitted scientific publications by ordinary post.

Applications must be addressed to the Dean and uploaded electronically.

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 passed for assessment by an expert 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.

According to the University of Copenhagen’s "Action Plan for Career, Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management" ( )there is to be at least one applicant of each gender before a position can be filled.

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

Information about the application procedure is available from academic officer Rikke Dall, tel. (+45) 35 33 26 83, email:

Application deadline The application must be uploaded by January 30, 2017.

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

If your application does not include all the required supporting documents your application can be rejected and 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 75 full time researchers and approx. 65 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative staff members. In addition, approx. 450 part-time lecturers teach on the legal programmes on which approx. 4,800 students are enrolled.

See the Faculty website: for more information, e.g. the Faculty’s overall strategy up to 2016.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Contact Information

  • Rikke Dall
    Faculty of Law
    University of Copenhagen
    Copenhagen 1455
  • (+45) 35 33 26 83
  • email:


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