Full Professorships at the Department of Political Science and Public Management University of Southern Denmark, Department of Political Science and Public Management Denmark

Full Professorships at the Department of Political Science and Public Management

The Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a number of full professorships in political science and journalism as of March 1, 2019 or as agreed.


Successful applicants must be able and willing to take a leading role in realizing the department’s two overarching strategic objectives: First, the department aims to produce original ideas through high-quality and pioneering research. Second, it aims to contribute to the resolution of major societal challenges via the exchange of knowledge with society, high-quality study programmes, and a broad engagement with societal actors as well as the wider public. The department values a diversity of competences and profiles, and thus applicants must present a clear academic profile. By academic profile the department understands the combined quality of research, teaching, and societal engagement. For more information about the department and its strategy, please visit the website.


The successful applicants will be affiliated with one of the department’s five sections and centres, i.e. Section of Public Administration and Management, Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, Center of War Studies, Centre for Journalism, and/or Centre of Border Region Studies. The individual applicant is expected to outline how their academic profile and future research agenda fits or supplements the strategy and current activities in one of these units. For this reason, applicants are strongly encouraged to read more about the units on the web-pages.


As full professor, successful applicants will be tasked with a range of obligations at the department:

  • Developing a research agenda that a) advances the overall strategic objectives of the department and b) is aligned with the strategic direction of the relevant section/centre – where such alignment can be realized by the deepening of existing sectional research agendas or their widening into adjacent research areas.
  • Offering academic leadership to develop and cultivate academic milieus that advance networks and create opportunities especially for junior colleagues.
  • Conducting teaching, supervision, and administration within the relevant area of the department’s portfolio of study programmes, including PhD programmes.
  • Conducting and publishing research at the highest international level. We expect publication with the best university presses/general journals and/or publication in absolute top field journals in major subfields (e.g. International Relations, Public Administration, Comparative Politics or Journalism).
  • Attaining external funding for collective projects or programmes.
  • Engaging in and developing new ways to exchange knowledge with society and/or specific non-academic stakeholders, e.g. via external partnerships.
  • Performing research management-related tasks such as project leadership, supervision of assistant professors, postdocs and PhD students, participation in assessment committees, and representing the department/university in boards, councils, etc.


For applicants to qualify for the positions, they must be able to document that they have:

  • A research profile of leading international standing and experience in developing research agendas and communities within a field relevant for one of the department’s sections/centres. This includes a sustained and sizable research output in international outlets. Research quality is crucial and some publications should be published by the best university presses/general journals or in absolute top field journals in the relevant major subfield.
  • A solid track record of successful management of research projects or groups as well as successful completion of externally funded projects.
  • Strong presence in national and international networks, research associations, and/or scholarly debates.
  • Ample experience and good results with teaching at all levels. This includes a proven ability to develop courses and teaching formats – and experience with study programme management. Likewise, it includes experience regarding the mentoring of university teachers, especially assistant professors/postdocs.
  • Proven ability to engage with stakeholders outside the university and to disseminate research results in innovative ways.


Furthermore, the department expects successful candidates to support realization of its strategic goals of creating synergy between relevance and quality. The strategy has a strong emphasis on high-quality research as well as innovative interactions between research, teaching, and societal engagement. Thus, applicants must be qualified to meet minimum at least one of the following focus criteria:

  • Cross-disciplinary research: A strong track record in managing and/or a concise plan for developing cross-disciplinary research projects.
  • Pedagogical innovation: Evidence of pedagogical innovation/discussion/research and leadership and/or a strong commitment to develop and implement new ideas in this field.
  • Societal relevance: Proven ability to and/or a detailed and realizable plan to identify and develop new ways in which larger group of scholars can interact with stakeholders/the society at large to address societal problems.


For a more detailed description of the qualification criteria, please consult the department’s Scholarly Qualification Matrix.


It is important that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to take part in the everyday professional and social environment at the department. Such engagement can be documented by e.g. past engagement in social and professional activities. Within a three-year period, applicants with no current Danish skills must master the language at a level which enables them to read Danish exam papers and administrative documents (free language courses will be offered).


The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both staff members and students. The department’s ambition therefore is to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes the staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


For further information, please contact Head of Department Christian Elmelund-Præstekær cel@sam.sdu.dk or the relevant Head of Section/Centre (please find contact information at the web page).


Application, salary, etc.

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, including the required documentation of experience with research management or other management and possible periods of leave
  • An elaborated research, funding, and publication plan (max 4 pages) for the next four to six years that describes: 
    • the potential to advance the applicant’s field (empirically and theoretically)
    • relationships to ongoing activities in the relevant units of the department (and beyond if relevant)
    • planned national and international collaborations.
  • 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 7 publications relevant for the position for qualitative assessment. Please upload a pdf for each publication. If the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements describing own contribution and role MUST be a part of this pdf file. Click here for an example of such a document.


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, supervision qualifications, and pedagogical principles. Formal application instructions and a teaching portfolio guide is found here.


Incomplete applications will be desk rejected without any substantial evaluation.


Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.


Applicants’ qualifications will be assessed by an assessment committee. 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, applicants will receive the part of the assessment that concerns themselves. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will form an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants.


Based on information from the entire recruitment process the Head of Department determines which applicants will be offered a position.


Applications must be submitted electronically no later than August 15, 2018 using the link below. 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.

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