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Postdoctoral Position - Project JustSites
University of Copenhagen

Date Posted Jan. 7, 2020
Title Postdoctoral Position - Project JustSites
University University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline Feb. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • International Law
    History of Law
    Criminal Law
    Law - General

The Faculty of Law (Faculty), University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as postdoc. The position is part of the research project "JustSites" and is available from 1 March 2020, for a duration of 20 months. Start date is negotiable.

About the CrimPact project
The CrimPact project goes beyond the international criminal courts to investigate the field of international criminal justice as a market of ideas and services. The CrimPact project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark for the period 2019-2022. The project critically analyses how different agents and stakeholders invest resources in and battle to gain market shares in this field, for instance, NGOs, national war crimes units, such as foreign ministries, private law firms, media outlets and academic research centers.

The postdoc employed on the CrimPact project be folded into the larger research team of JustSites but will focus on international criminal justice as a market of ideas and services. As such, the postdoc will investigate sites of justice as a part of a larger market of supply and demand of different services, resources and norms. Conceptualized as a market, the sites of justice host professionals that are situated differently in the global economy of international criminal justice (still dominated by finances and professionals stemming from the Global North) and compete to set the direction for this particular field. The postdoc will define his or her own research idea and project within this broader project.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, the postdoc will work independently but in dialogue with researchers trained in law, sociology, criminology and history. The candidate will be expected to teach relevant courses at the faculty for at least one semester.

About the position
The ideal candidate must hold a relevant academic degree, and possess the appropriate theoretical and methodological tools to carry out the research proposed as part of the application.

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.

Required qualifications
The position 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 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.

The position 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)
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. 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.

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 WSR Mikkel Jarle Christensen mail:

Information about the application procedure is available from HR officer Mette Christensen , email:

Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by 1 February, 2020.

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.

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

  • Mikkel Jarle Christensen
    Faculty of Law
    University of Copenhagen
    Karen Blixens Plads 16
    Copenhagen 2300


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