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Professorships in Law
University of Copenhagen

Date Posted Sep. 8, 2023
Title Professorships in Law
University University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline Oct. 23, 2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Arbitration/Mediation/Dispute Resolution
    Criminal Law

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites applications for one or more positions as professor of law with special emphasis on the following research areas:

  • General jurisprudence, sociology of law and philosophy of law
  • Dispute mediation
  • Criminology

The positions are linked to research, teaching and administrative obligations. The positions are to be filled 1 April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Recruitment needs for the position:
The call is aimed at recruiting one or more professors who can contribute to the development of research and teaching within several compulsory subjects as well as related electives at five study programmes at the faculty.

Applicants must have a research profile and teaching experience that clearly contributes to one or more of the above-mentioned subjects/programmes.

It is a prerequisite that the applicant can teach the above-mentioned subjects/programmes, and it is also a clear advantage if the applicant, based on his/her teaching experience, can document the ability to teach widely on the faculty's study programmes within his/her subject areas.

Please notice that these subjects are taught in Danish. Applicants are therefore expected to either be able to teach in Danish at the time of the application, or to acquire proficiency in Danish that will make it probable that the applicant will be able to teach in Danish within 3-6 years. The faculty actively supports that those employees who at the time of employment do not have any further experience with Danish (or any other Scandinavian language) in writing or speech are enabled to acquire these abilities.

Questions about recruitment needs in this advertisement can be directed to Dean Jacob Graff Nielsen via

Job content
The main tasks of the professors are:

  • Research within a subject area, including publishing and disseminating academic results within a subject area, both nationally and internationally.
  • Fulfilling teaching and administrative obligations, including course management, subject area development at the highest international level and, in this connection, performing research-based teaching and examinations together with administrative obligations within a subject area together with supervision of bachelor, master, and PhD students, etc.
  • Knowledge exchange with society and participation with academic knowledge in the public debate.
  • Research management, including by attracting external funding of salaries for research projects, by guidance and supervision of assistant professors and other researchers, and by participating in academic assessment work.

The professor is obliged to develop and maintain his/her competencies in research, teaching and pedagogy. In addition, other tasks may be assigned to the faculty, and the weighting between the different tasks may vary over time.

Qualification requirements

In addition to the recruitment needs highlighted above, recruitment will place decisive emphasis on:

  • documented high degree of original scientific production at international level, including that the applicant has further developed the subject area(s). In this connection, emphasis is placed on publication in nationally and internationally leading journals/publishers and experience with research presentations within the field's leading conferences at international level.
  • Ability and plan to continue to further develop the subject area, including theory development and publication of research that relates to and develops "state of the art" within the subject area.
  • ability to and experience with research management and performance of other management functions, e.g. through documented ability to enter into and build an active and strong collective research environment as well as attracting external funding in the form of salary funds for the same;
  • teaching qualifications at a very high level, including for the development of research-based education, teaching aids and significant and broad experience in the implementation and development of research-based teaching in the field.
  • good interpersonal skills as well as the ability to build research and teaching environment around one's research and subject area.

Read more about the qualification requirements for associated professors in the ministerial order on the job structure for academic staff at universities 2019.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the criteria UCPH criteria and the Criteria_for_recognising_merit_for professors

Salary and conditions of employment 
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).  The salary range is DKK 55,303 per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more at this homepage:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. Find more information here: and

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The application 

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

Please indicate in your application your research areas.

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 included in the application.
  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. Documentation of experience with the operation and development of education, pedagogy and didactics at a strategic level should be included in the teaching portfolio as well. For more information regarding teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the Job application portfolio – University of Copenhagen ( here
  6. Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publications plans and plans for applications for external funding. The plan must be ambitious and structured and also document the applicant’s skills to contribute to research in one or more of the Faculty's research centers and environments, including how research can benefit the students in one or more of the Faculty's study programs.
  7. Publications. A maximum of seven (7) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than three (3) may be monographs. Applicants, who have written a doctoral dissertation, 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 has wished to have included in the assessment, the assessment committee may include additional material in its assessment of the person concerned. Where appropriate, the applicant shall forward the dossier to the Committee on request.

Appointment procedure 

The application, appendices and the scientific works are uploaded electronically via the link below. The material must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP files cannot be uploaded.

We recommend that you have all the required documents ready before you begin your online application and it is important that all required documentation is attached.

Automatic confirmation of receipt of the uploaded application will be sent.
Applicants will be informed about the process on an ongoing basis via email.

After the application deadline, the appointing manager, with advice from the recruitment committee, selects which applicants proceed to assessment. The applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of which applicants best match the faculty's recruitment needs and the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy notice. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile, which appears in the application's CV, list of publications, teaching portfolio and research plan. All applicants will be informed immediately afterwards whether their application has proceeded to assessment by an expert assessment committee. The successful candidates are informed of the composition of the assessment committee and each candidate is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which concerns the applicant himself.

According to the University of Copenhagen's diversity and equality policy, there must be at least one applicant of each gender before the position can be filled.

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

For further information about the positions, please contact Dean Jacob Graff Nielsen, e-mail:

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-0228/23-2K #1

The closing date for applications is October 23 at 23:59 [CEST]

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


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 135 full time researchers and approx. 60 PhD students as well as approx. 80 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: for more information.

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