The Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a number of 4-year assistant professorships at the Centre for Border Region Studies in Sønderborg.
We are looking for talented and dynamic individuals with the ambition of establishing themselves as leading scholars in their field of research. Starting date is planned for August 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The Centre for Border Region Studies (CBRS) is part of the Department of Political Science and Public Management under the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. Currently, the department employs around 125 people and attracts 2,500 students in its various full-time bachelor and master programmes as well as part-time professional master programmes. For a detailed description of the department's profile and activities and more information about its strategy, please visit the department's website.
Since 2016, the interdisciplinary Centre for Border Region Studies (CBRS) exists as a cooperation between the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Department of Culture and Language. CBRS is the only research centre in border studies in Denmark. It is linked to a wide international network. The aim of the centre is to promote comparative aspects of European border regions in research, teaching, and dissemination.
Continuing a long tradition, the region’s past and especially contemporary history and transitions are prominent research fields. The centre is firmly anchored in the Schleswig border region and located at the campus in Sønderborg, where the assistant professors are expected to be present. The centre is responsible for teaching an English-language European Studies bachelor programme in Political Science in Sønderborg. For a detailed description of the research and activities of the Centre for Border Region Studies, please visit the CBRS website.
We are now looking for candidates who can support the department in realizing its strategic objectives by contributing to our existing research strengths in European and Border Studies, please see the CBRS strategy. The successful candidates should have an open mind and interest towards a border region in transition that makes it possible to produce original ideas through high-quality and pioneering research within areas of relevance to the Centre for Border Region Studies. The successful applicants will engage in effective knowledge exchange through our high-quality study programmes and through genuine engagement with societal actors and the wider public. The candidates will be tasked with a range of obligations at the centre and at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, including:
Conduct and publish research at a high international level in areas of relevance,
Conduct relevant teaching and supervision within the department's entire portfolio of study programmes, particularly the bachelor in European Studies,
Apply for relevant individual/collective external research funding to develop the research environment in line with the strategic goals of the department and the Centre for Border Region Studies,
Engage in knowledge exchange activities with the wider society.
For applicants to qualify for the position, the following criteria must be met (please consult the Scholarly Qualification Matrix):
Delineate a research profile aligned with the Centre for Border Region Studies section focused on the Danish-German border region,
Document a substantial publication record at an internationally recognized level,
Document the ability to form and develop professional networks,
Document experience with various teaching and supervision formats as well as good teaching results,
Document the ability to develop and implement new pedagogical or didactical techniques,
Have experience with and genuine interest in outreach or knowledge-sharing activities and/or cooperation with external partner.
In alignment with the new ministerial classification of academic ranks and titles, research and teaching competencies will be given equal weight in the assessment of any candidate. It is additionally important to us that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to take part in the everyday academic and social environment at the department. Such engagement can be documented by, for example, past engagement in social and professional activities.
Within a three-year period, non-Danish applicants are expected to master Danish at a level which enables them to correct Danish exam papers and read administrative documents. Within a five-year period, non-Danish applicants must be able to document Danish language skills at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department's ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to be gender balanced and reflect the diversity of society and, thus, welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
For further information, please contact the Head of Centre, Professor Steen Bo Frandsen, email@example.com.
Application, salary, etc.
Appointment to the positions requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
An application must include the following:
A detailed CV
A letter of motivation
A detailed research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 4 years that describes the applicant's:
Potential to advance the field (both empirically and theoretically)
Relationship to the aim and goals of the Centre for Border Region Studies
Planned national and international collaborations
Potential to obtain external funding
Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
A complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. NOTE: If publications have 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.
Furthermore, applicants are requested to submit a teaching portfolio as documentation for teaching experience, and if relevant, supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio may be found here.
All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.
Applications that are incomplete may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.
Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified to be an assistant professor. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.
Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.
When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive their own part of the evaluation. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants. On the basis of the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointments committee, the Head of Department determines which candidate(s) will be offered the position.
Applications must be submitted electronically no later than April 1, 2024, using the link "Apply now" on our website. The application and CV must in Adobe PDF format and not exceed 10 MB.
Documents should not contain a CPR number (civil registration number) – in this case, the CPR number must be crossed out.
Please read the guide for applicants.