Associate Professor in Political Science Aarhus University, Department of Political Science Denmark

Associate Professor in Political Science - 917753


The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or more associate professors in the field of political science. The associate professorship is a full-time and permanent position starting on January 2018 or as soon as possible subject to mutual agreement.

Job description

The successful applicant is expected to contribute significantly to the department’s research and teaching environment and to the overall research strategy of the School.

We are hiring within the fields of one or more of these subjects:

-    Comparative Politics,
-    Political Behaviour,
-    International Relations,
-    Public Administration,
-    Public Policy,
-    Political Sociology,
-    Political Theory, and/or
-    Studies in Research/Research Policy.

You are expected to teach and supervise students at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level and to carry out individual and group-based research of the highest international standard, which contributes to developing our academic field.

Your qualifications 

Applicants must possess research qualifications and teaching skills corresponding to those obtained after successful completion of a period of employment as an assistant professor, but equivalent academic qualifications may also be accepted.

Permanent employment as associate professor at Aarhus BSS requires completion of the supervision course and also the course Blended Learning – Go Online provided by Centre for Teaching and Learning at Aarhus BSS. If you have not completed the courses before commencement of employment, continued employment will be conditional on completion of the courses within a five year period.

It is required that non-Danish speakers within a short period (2 years as a maximum) acquire a reasonable knowledge of Danish. If necessary, the department will grant time off from teaching to attend Danish courses during the first two years of employment. 

The required qualifications are elaborated below:

1. Research qualifications

The department is ambitious in terms of research publications. Applicants are expected to have a well-documented international research profile with emphasis on innovative contributions in high standard, peer-reviewed publications:

  • The applicant must have produced and published research in addition to the PhD thesis, and must demonstrate progression in the form of research publications that go beyond the PhD thesis, either thematically, theoretically, methodologically and/or empirically.
  • Publications may be published in international or Danish journals, international or Danish monographs, or in edited volumes. Publication in high standard political science journals such as European Journal of Political Research and Journal of Politics or high standard field journals such as European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory or Sociology carries great weight.
  • A qualified applicant has at least three to five articles published or accepted for publication in high standard, international, peer-reviewed journals or fewer articles but also a book published with an internationally recognized publisher. A significant part must have been produced after finishing the PhD degree.
  • Emphasis will be put on current and recent productivity and take into account the number of years at present academic level.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to carry out independent research. An applicant is expected to have published sole-authored work and must document – through co-authorship declarations – substantial contributions to any co-authored publications.
  • In terms of evaluating the qualitative aspects of an applicant’s research competences, focus is on the publications submitted for assessment


2. Didactical/pedagogical competences and experiences

Teaching and advising students at different levels is a main activity of an associate professor at the Department of Political Science. The Department is ambitious in terms of our teaching programme at BA, MA and PhD level.

  • All applicants submit a teaching portfolio, where didactical/pedagogical competencies are carefully documented.
  • A qualified applicant must have experience from teaching several courses at different levels and on different topics. 6-8 courses are normally a minimum requirement.


3. Qualifications relating to research cooperation and management, and knowledge sharing with the public
Applicants must have some experience in performing research cooperation, research management and knowledge sharing, possible editorial experience from professional journals or edited volumes, and possible experience with planning and running professional conferences, workshops etc. Applicants must have good communication skills and must have the ability to work as part of a team. 

4. External funding

Applicants are also encouraged to provide information about their ability to attract external research funding. 

Who we are

The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS – and specifically the Department of Political Science – has achieved the distinguished AASCB and AMBA accreditations.

At the Department of Political Science, we emphasise a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 40 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment. We emphasize that our faculty are physical present and take part in the many activities at the department. 

The research carried out at the department covers a variety of political science disciplines and a variety of methodological approaches. This enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear on the national and international political arenas, and to contribute actively to the development of the discipline. We also emphasise communicating our research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general.

For more information about the Department of Political Science, please visit:

Further information

For further information about the position and the department, please contact Head of Department, Professor Peter Munk Christiansen, tel.: +45 8716 5685 or +45 3011 5340, e-mail:

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter, Charlotte Zingenberg, Tel.: +45 8716 5362, e-mail:

International applicant? Find information about entering and working in Denmark here

Place of work: Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé7, 8000 Aarhus

Terms of employment

The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as  the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in  Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure

It is mandatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time.
  • Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  • Publications. Up to five publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form  can be used for the purpose.
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here.


Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in five copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process

Shortlisting is applied. This  means  that  an  appointment  committee  (assisted  by  the chair of the assessment committee) advises the head of department on which applicants are the best overall match for the department’s and the faculty’s recruitment needs and which possess the qualifications,  competencies,  experience  and  potential  described  above and in the faculty’s criteria  for  evaluating  candidates  to  permanent  positions here.

Through the shortlisting process, the head of department selects the applicants who are to receive a thorough assessment of their professional qualifications. The assessment committee will then assess these applicants.  All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been shortlisted and sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee.

Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline.

For further information about the recruitment process, short listing procedure and guidelines for assessment committees please visit our website.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


Application deadline

All applications must be made online and received no later than:

15.09.2017 Search position online here

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