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Job ID: 129707

Postdoctoral position
University of Copenhagen

Date Posted Sep. 24, 2019
Title Postdoctoral position
University University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline Oct. 25, 2019
Position Start Date Feb. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Law - General

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for four (4) positions of postdoctoral researchers (Postdocs). The positions are part of the research project "IMAGINE". They are available from 1 February 2020, and for duration of three (3) years. Starting date is negotiable.

The positions are part of the research project IMAGINE: European Constitutional Imaginaries: Utopias, Ideologies and the Other, funded by the ERC Starting Grant (No. 803163). Professor Jan Komárek is the Principal Investigator.

IMAGINE started in February 2019 with the principal aim to provide the first-ever synthesis and critical evaluation of the core theories of EU constitutionalism, their mutual relationship and the ways in which they have influenced each other. IMAGINE will therefore provide a novel account of EU constitutionalism: one informed by its intellectual history, which comprises both post-communist an "Old" Europe. IMAGINE seeks to understand the various problems that lead some people to reject EU constitutionalism and its core values, seeing them as mere utopias or oppressing ideologies. Such approach allows to focus on what is called European constitutional imaginary (ECI).

IMAGINE employs an innovative combination of research methods: empirical surveys, citation network analyses and in-depth interviews, together with traditional legal analysis. It will involve experts from particular member states through a number of workshops and a conference organised by the IMAGINE Team.

Read more about IMAGINE here:

IMAGINE is based at iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts, is a research centre dedicated to the study of international courts, their role in a globalising legal order and their impact on politics and society. The centre’s research efforts aim at creating groundbreaking results within the field of inquiry through a series of closely integrated interdisciplinary research projects.

Read more about iCourts here:

About the position
The offered Postdoc positions are part of core phase of IMAGINE, which will build a new account of European constitutional imaginary. We will analyse how various ECIs reflected parallel debates and developments in the member states – and whether there exist some alternative, national, versions of the ECI that might be of wider interest beyond their intellectual home. Paying close attention to these national ECIs will also help us understand why certain versions of the ECI, developed at the EU level, face opposition in certain member states or contrariwise, why some ECIs are received more readily in others.

The Postdocs will prepare in-depth case studies that will seek to make accessible national debates that have taken place in domestic languages. This is the major innovation of IMAGINE – bringing to the international plane debates that are not accessible to the international audience despite their potential relevance. We will choose the four countries in the following way:

The Czech Republic to represent Visegrad countries; the choice of the Czech Republic is also pragmatic – it is the country of the PI’s origin, where the PI has established networks with the key people from academia, the judiciary and also the political level. For the other three case study the final selection of the country will depend on the qualification of the potential postdoc working on it. The countries selected will include: Either Poland or Hungary – to cover countries where the opposition against the EU and its constitutionalism is the strongest at present, One of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, One country from the Balkans: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania or Slovenia.

The four case studies conducted by postdocs will employ the following methods and conduct the following work:

(1) Survey among national experts – it will serve as an empirical basis for the qualitative part of work.

(2) Elite, in-depth interviews with people involved in these reforms (at least 10 per country) and combine them with a survey of literature that will include also less orthodox sources (newspaper articles, key parliamentary debates or constitutional courts’ decisions).

(3) The postdocs will also conduct 4 workshops in each of the selected countries, which will be organised in the local language – so as they are inclusive of people who cannot participate in the pan-European discourse. Selected contributions will be translated into English and published in a collective volume that will encompass all four case studies.

Each Postdoc will be able to stay in the country under examination for two months.

Besides this core work, Postdocs will contribute to other research activities of IMAGINE, especially international conference, which will take place in December 2021.

Postdocs will be provided active career advancement support by the Principal Investigator. iCourts is also conducive to developing successful careers in international academia, as its record documents.

The position concerns research only.

Required qualifications
The position requires academic qualifications PhD, JSD or equivalent degree in law or in a related discipline relevant for the project (political theory and history in particular) obtained at the time of employment. All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken), as well as the language of the country of their respective case study. Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high quality peer-reviewed research publications, as they are part of IMAGINE’s envisaged outputs.

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). The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 408.949,56 – 430.569,72. In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.

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 eight (8) elements:

1. Letter of motivation (a one page document explaining the reasons for applying)

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. Publication list. (Complete, numbered list of publications)

6. 2 academic references (please upload under "other relevant material")

7. 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 English) and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications.

8. 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.

Applications must be addressed to the Associate Dean of Research 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 Associate Dean of Research 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.

Additional information can be obtained from Professor Jan Komárek, mail:

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR Søndre City, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 150199#1.

Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by 25 October, 2019 23:59 CET.

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. 60 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: 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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  • Professor Jan Komárek
    Faculty of Law
    University of Copenhagen


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