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

Associate Professor in Public Leadership


Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or more associate professors in the field of public leadership to be part of the newly established Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership. 


The associate professorship is a full-time and permanent position starting on January 2019 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.


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.


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, i.e. applicants have typically 3-8 years of teaching and research experience after completion of their PhD. 


The successful applicant must have made significant contributions to research in public administration and/or have done research with relevance for public leadership, for example to the broader political science literature. 


It is required that non-Danish speakers within a short period (3 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. 


Permanent employment as associate professor at Aarhus BSS requires completion of the supervision course and the course Blended Learning – Go Online provided by Centre for Teaching and Learning at Aarhus BSS or equivalent courses. 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.


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 a significant body of independent, high-quality research, and must demonstrate progression in the form of research publications that go beyond the PhD dissertation, either thematically, theoretically, methodologically and/or empirically.
  • Relevant outlets are journals and monographs. Publication in top public administration, leadership and political science journals carries great weight. The same does publication of monographies at internationally recognized publishers.
  • 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 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.

  • 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.
  • All applicants submit a teaching portfolio, where didactical/pedagogical competencies are carefully documented.


3. Qualifications relating to research cooperation and management, and knowledge sharing with the public

Applicants must have some experience in research cooperation and research management. Possible editorial experience from professional journals or edited volumes, and possible experience with planning and running professional conferences, workshops etc. also carries weight as do knowledge sharing with the public or in the form of contributions to textbooks. 


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, AMBA and EQUIS 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. The Department of Political Science is ranked number 4 or 6 in the world in the category Public Administration, depending on the ranking list. We teach both political science students and public leaders (in our professional master).


The successful applicant will be invited to co-operate with Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership ( This center is dedicated to create and share knowledge about how leadership can increase organizational performance in public organizations. The center co-operates with practitioners and researchers from other disciplines and other universities, and it is a part of the Department of Political Science.


The research carried out at the department not only covers a variety of political science disciplines, but also represents a variety of methodological approaches. This not only enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear on the national and international political arenas, but also allows us 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.


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, email: or professor Lotte Bøgh Andersen, tel.: +45 3145 7780, email:


If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Supporter Mette Fisker Præstegaard, tel.: +45 87152497, email:


International applicant? Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here and here.


Place of work
Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé 7, 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 obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position: 

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 departments and the facultys recruitment needs and which possess the qualifications, competencies, experience and potential described above and in the facultys 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, see Guidelines for Assessment Committees, Aarhus BSS. For further information about the recruitment process, short listing procedure and guidelines for assessment committees please visit this website.All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.



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