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Professorship position in International Relations – UCPH, Dec 2022


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The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites excellent candidates for a full professorship in International Relations, who can enhance the Department’s research, education and societal impact, Denmark – Dec 2022

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General Info

Position: Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2023
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: Subject to norms

Department of Political Science
University of Copenhagen, Nørregade, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Qualification Details

We expect candidates to present a clear, well-developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that will result in further world-leading publications, external research funding as well as a commitment to innovate teaching. We expect successful candidates to engage in cooperation and initiatives (e.g. continuing and professional education) within the Faculty of Social Sciences and beyond.

All applicants must have a PhD in Political Science or equivalent academic qualifications.

Applicants must be able to document a very high degree of original scholarly production at international level and have a highly recognised international reputation. Furthermore, applicants must have:

  • An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced by a recognized international reputation within the field, and demonstrated by a considerable number of existing high-quality publications, which constitute a significant contribution to the field and complements the existing research strengths of the Department. Publications should be published on a continuous basis in top-ranked journals and/or a highly influential publication record with leading book publishers.
  • A commitment to contribute to the delivery and further development of an excellent student learning experience based on a significant track-record of excellence in teaching in one or more of the main areas covered by the Department. The Department prefers candidates, who can cover more than one of the main courses taught at BSc level.
  • An engagement in knowledge exchange and policy-impact in Denmark, the Nordic region as well as in an international context. We encourage proactive engagement with government, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.
  • Proven ability to lead research groups and teams, as well as an ability to operate in leadership roles at the Departmental, Faculty and University levels.
  • Proven ability and willingness to attract external funding on a larger scale for her-/himself as well as for (less senior) colleagues, and to lead international projects.
  • Ability and willingness to engage in inter-disciplinary cooperation within research and in planning and delivering teaching
  • Commitment to student learning, supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience
  • Robust interpersonal skills, which enable the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.

The candidate is expected to respect the Danish Code of Conduct for Research, found here: and the Code of Conduct at the Department of Political Science, found here:

Responsibilities/Job Description

In light of the continuing challenges to the European and global order, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Department particularly invites candidates with competences within foreign policy and security policy, but applications from candidates within all sub-disciplines in International Relations are welcome.

The position is a permanent, full-time position and is available from February 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting world-class research and teaching. A professor is expected to develop the field in synergy with other fields and exercise academic leadership and promote collaboration. A professor also has administrative responsibilities, as well as responsibilities for initiating and obtaining external funding.

General duties attached to the position are:

  • Outstanding research within the field of International Relations
  • High quality teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students
  • Administrative tasks related to the position as Full Professor
  • Knowledge exchange with the wider society (societal impact)
  • Active contribution to the social and intellectual life of the Department
  • Obtain external funding, especially within his or her specialist area
  • Research and teaching management

Your Competencies and Opportunities

In order to be assessed qualified for a professor position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University’s criteria of academic merit. See excamples below.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational 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 for recognising merit for professors here:


Examples of using the criteria:

Criteria for appointment of professors at UCPH

You must meet these academic criteria in order to be assessed as qualified as professor at The University of Copenhagen.

The criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The assessment is based on these criteria guided by the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement and the material submitted by the applicant.

The assessment committee’s assessments will be given in text form as an overall assessment within six main criteria areas. The criteria will be viewed as a framework for an overall assessment of whether the candidate is qualified for the position in relation to the job advertisement rather than as absolute criteria, which the applicant must meet in each case.


Professors are internationally recognised researchers in their fields of expertise. Their research is influential and contributes to the development of their own subject area as well as more broadly.

  • An excellent research profile with leading international expertise in the subject area
  • An articulated vision and strategy for their subject area, also covering ties to adjacent areas
  • Significant influence on the subject area via many peer-reviewed publications across recognised journals and/or books or anthologies
  • Significant research impact through high research quality and/or many citations in recognised journals and/or books or anthologies
  • Participation in national and international scientific networks and conferences, including invitations to present research


Professors provide research-based teaching of the highest quality in one or more disciplines and contribute to developing, organising and evaluating courses on all levels.

  • Extensive teaching experience, including examination work and acting as opponent of PhD theses or doctoral theses
  • Experience of supervising bachelor students, master's degree students, PhD students and/or postdocs
  • A teaching portfolio that documents teaching experience and reflections on teaching skills
  • Ongoing development of pedagogical and didactic skills, including own and others’ practice in relation to teaching and supervision
  • Interest in including feedback from colleagues, students and others in the development of own teaching as well as mentoring of colleagues with the aim of developing their teaching practice

Societal impact

Professors interact with external partners and seek out new collaborations, communicate and generate knowledge that greatly benefits societal developments, e.g. by influencing the public debate within their field of research.

  • Considerable experience of communicating research to relevant stakeholders, including students
  • Frequent contributions to popular science communication
  • Strategic collaboration with private and/or public organisations and a significant network of external stakeholders

Organisational contribution

Professors take responsibility for developing an active academic environment, sit on assessment committees, councils, boards and committees at UCPH and contribute to enhancing the University’s brand.

  • Membership of the department's formal forums, working groups and assessment committees and interest in joining councils, boards and committees at UCPH.
  • A collegiate spirit and commitment to collaboration as well as strong relationship and conflict resolution skills
  • Development and management of interdisciplinary collaborations

External funding

Professors initiate grant application activities regarding research funds and obtain and manage funds.

  • Experience of applying for, obtaining and managing research funds


Professors develop the subject area in synergy with other subject areas and exercise academic leadership, including the development of and delegation of responsibilities to junior researchers.

  • Experience of developing own academic leadership skills
  • Experience of academic leadership tasks, e.g. research, course or programme management
  • Responsibility for and contribution to well-being, collaboration, equal treatment, diversity and a good working environment

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 211-0194/22-2K

Application Procedure

Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply.

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates and Diplomas
  • Publications. The 10 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 10.
  • Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with * on the list to be assessed.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
  • Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly specified. The hiring committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.

About the Department

The Department is a top-ranked European Political Science department, which offers a vibrant, collegial and pluralist academic working environment for ambitious scholars.

The pluralism of Political Science in Copenhagen is evidenced in the various epistemological and methodological approaches as well as sub-fields adopted by faculty, as well as in a wide range of core subjects in the MSc programme.

The Department consists of some 75 faculty, of which one fourth are internationals, as well as some 25 PhD students, organized in four main researcher groups and a few centres. For more on the Department, please consult our webpage:

The Department has approximately 2,100 students across its study programmes and welcomes annually approximately 200 exchange and guest students from abroad. See more on the Department’s study programmes here:

The Department is located on an attractive, historic campus in central Copenhagen – a city continuously voted as one of the most liveable European capitals. The Department has a strong tradition for engagement in policy development and impact, and in national and international public debates.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences

The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact

For more on the Faculty strategy, see: You can read the Department’s strategy here:

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

Note or Other details

Terms of Employment

  • Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the Department concerned.
  • The position is permanent, and therefore we strongly encourage the appointed professor to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 2-4 years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language training
  • Further information on qualification requirements as professor can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here:
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary is DKK 54,263 per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The recruitment process

Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

An Equal Opportunity Workplace

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see

International applicant?

The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here

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Contact details

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: [email protected], please refer to ID number: 211-0194/22-2K

Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Nina Græger, e-mail: [email protected], phone + 45 35 33 66 72 or Professor Anders Wivel, e-mail: [email protected], phone +45 35 32 33 5.8

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Published on: | Last Updated: Nov 16, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team