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Assistant Professor of Law
University of Copenhagen

  • Jan. 6, 2017
  • Assistant Professor of Law
  • Faculty of Law
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Feb. 22, 2017
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
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Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, advertises one or more positions as Assistant Professor of Law or a closely related research areas. The positions include research, teaching – and administrative responsibilities. The positions are available from 1st August 2017 or as soon as possible. The positions are temporary for a duration of four (4) years.

The Faculty is not looking for applicants with an academic profile exclusively within International Law, Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law. The Faculty is in particular looking for applicants with an academic profile within the following areas:

Digital administration
Public administration increasingly takes place through the use of digital systems which interact directly with citizens and companies. This development necessitates new knowledge about how these digital systems can be build and implemented without disregarding fundamental personal data protection, legal rights and legal certainty. An assistant professor in digital administration is expected to conduct and disseminate research and teaching on the issues related to the coherence between digital systems and public and private administration. The Faculty expects the applicants to aim their research and teaching activities towards problems connected with the development of new digital systems through analysis of specific legal disciplines (e.g. tax haw, health law, social security Law, business law, civil procedure etc.) and the broader context of legal regulation within privacy law, and public and private administration, which are influenced by this development. Applicants are expected to teach in administrative law and/or other closely related courses.

Corporate law and corporate finance
An efficient business community depends on a legal framework, which support the organization of business activities in companies (corporations) and the financing of these activities for example by issuing shares or providing security by other means. An assistant professor in corporate law and corporate finance is expected to conduct and disseminate research and teaching on the issues of corporate law and corporate finance in a broad sense, including the close relationship between corporate law and the economy. The Faculty expects the applicants to aim their research and teaching activities towards problems related to corporate law and corporate finance through an analysis of how the regulation in the area of corporate law, contract law and property law affects access to financial instruments for business. The applicants are expected to teach courses in corporate law, contract law and/or property law.

Social security and welfare law
Social rights are a significant part of the democratic welfare society. For many citizens social rights constitute an important part of their basic living conditions. The welfare society’s main values and structures are affected and challenged by changes in the social structure such as migration patterns and changes in the structure of personal relationships. An assistant professor in social security law is expected to conduct and disseminate research and teaching on the issues of the continuous development and funding of social rights. The Faculty expects the applicants to familiarize themselves with domestic and EU legal problems connected to the individual’s care and monetary support in the welfare society in a broad sense. The applicants are expected to teach in social security law and other closely related courses, including EU law.

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 It will be of significance to the assessment of the applicant, if the applicant can contribute and strengthen research and education within the areas which are not already staffed at the Faculty of Law.

The position
The Assistant Professorship is a position with continued training. The Assistant Professor’s primary duties include research (publishing/scientific dissemination) and teaching, supervision of graduates- and PhD students, participation in examinations, and administrative tasks in relation to bachelor-, graduate- and PhD studies. Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the Faculty.

Required qualifications
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 evolving and completing new strong research ideas with international impact. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s interest and engagement in teaching and development of courses and the 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 will also be placed on the applicant’s interest and experience with collaboration with other researchers and to complete joint research and teaching projects. The faculty will give positive consideration to the documented ability to contribute in this regard.

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". (

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment is temporary for a duration of four (4) 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 of DKK. 50.773,18 (as of April 1, 2016). In addition to this, a total contribution to your pension fund equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual supplement is paid.

If the applicant is already employed on an external grant for a period of less than four (4) years, the applicant may be offered an employment-period of four years overall as an Assistant Professor. After agreement with the funding provider, the external funding may be factored in during the employment period. This presupposes – as with other applicants – that the applicant in question is found to be qualified for the position and is offered employment as an Assistant Professor.

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

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:

-Application / letter of motivation -Curriculum vitae -Diplomas. Documentation of qualifications (degrees/diplomas, etc.) -Publications list. Complete numbered list of publications. -Teaching portfolio. This must include documentation for teaching qualifications 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. ( -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 programmes. -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 -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.

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.

For further information on the process please contact academic officer Betina Jordan Hansen, +45 35 32 35 22, e-mail:

Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by February 22, 2017, 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 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.


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

  • Betina Jordan Hansen,
    Faculty of Law
    University of Copenhagen
    Copenhagen 2300
  • +45 35 32 35 22


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