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Professor Position in Interdisciplinary Social Science in Sustainable Development – SDU, Denmark, May 2022


The Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is accepting applications for a Full Professor in Interdisciplinary Social Science in Sustainable Development to join the Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment (MERE) group, Denmark – May 2022

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General Info

Position: Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Nov 01, 2022
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


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Qualification Details

The applicant must demonstrate previous experience in developing new curricula. Experience managing curricula is advantageous. The candidate should have strong interdisciplinary skills and an interest and ability to teach in the department’s programs in Environmental and Resource Management (MSc), Risk management (MSc), and Business Economics (BSc). The Business Economics program includes an Energy Management line. Supervision of PhD students and teaching PhD courses are expected tasks.

We expect the incumbent to have a strong record in securing extramurally funded and inter- /trans- disciplinary research projects. This will include assisting in building collaborative relationships and networks with local, regional, national and/or international partners. As senior scholar, the candidate is expected to contribute actively to the social and academic lives at the Department as well as participate in the guidance of doctoral students and junior faculty. Also, we expect active and constructive participation in the university's academic administration. To fulfill the requirements of the position, the candidates chosen are expected to be physically present on a regular basis and approx. 3 days pr. week.

While the research group mainly consists of economists, the research is often placed in multidisciplinary academic and international environments. Research and teaching activities should strengthen societal engagement in solutions to problems of sustainable development. SDU is actively working to broaden inter- and trans- disciplinary research. In this context, researchers in the MERE group are active participants with leadership roles in Clusters within the Department of Business and Social Science, and the Blue SDU and SDG Collab networks at the university level, and the University of the Arctic and Willis Research Network worldwide that work to foster research connections. They also participate and lead in several EU Consortiums and broader networks.

The assessment committee evaluates the applications based on the scholarly qualification guidelines of the department. Ability to teach and network in Danish language is a strong advantage and will be required after a maximum of 2 years.  Language acquisition will be supported by the department and Esbjerg Kommune.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The candidate should have interests that complement the research group. The research group profile is available at this website. The focus of the MERE group puts specific emphasis on economic uses of the interlinked biosphere and biophysical systems as well as risk analysis and management. There is a significant marine and maritime focus to the group.

The applicant should have made significant contributions to interdisciplinary research pertaining to sustainable development. They should demonstrate the ability to publish original research of high quality. Research foci that bridge connections between stakeholders and management for sustainable development in marine and coastal resources and/or energy transitions are welcome. This includes the incorporation of risk communication and risk management into development strategies.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 10 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication.
    • If the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration.   
  • Documented experience with research leadership
  • Research and publication plan for the next (eksempelvis) 3 years
  • References

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applicants applying for a professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the committee will assess whether you are qualified to be a Professor.

The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Deparment who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete the job interviews, should such be conducted. Additionally, the appointments committee determines which candidate will be offered the position.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be conducted.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.Read the guideline for applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

About the Department

The Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, is in Esbjerg, and employs some 45 members of staff. The Department emphasizes sociology, business economics, and environmental and resource economics. It conducts research in the following areas organized as research groups: (i) Markets, Organization & Behavior, (ii) Environmental and Resource Economics and (iii) Rural and Cultural Sociology. The Departments profile can be seen at

The Department provides teaching for degrees in General Business Economics (B.Sc.), Marketing and Innovation (M.Sc.), Sport and Event Management (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), Energy Management (B.Sc.), Environmental and Resource Management (M.Sc.), Sociology and Cultural Analysis (B.Sc and M.Sc.), and diploma and MBA programs in business.

The Department provides a competitive salary, modern facilities for research and teaching, as well as resources for research assistants and for travel and conference participation. The successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working in an inspiring and open research environment.  We expect applicants to be present regularly and approx. 3 days pr. week.

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Contact details

Further information can be obtained from Head of the Research Group, Professor Brooks Kaiser, phone +4565501590, e-mail [email protected]

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