Professor with special responsibilities (MSO) in International Development Studies
Roskilde University

The Department of Social Sciences and Business (ISE) at Roskilde University invites applications for a position as professor with special responsibilities in international development studies. The appointment starts December 1 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter and has a 5-year time limit with a possible 3-year extension. At the expiry of the appointment, the applicant will continue in a position as associate professor at the Department

ISE seeks to hire a professor MSO who will strengthen and further develop our research in international development studies and related research based teaching. We call for a person who will contribute to the intellectual life of the Department by conducting outstanding research, engaging in high quality teaching, and by actively taking part in the wider academic activities of the Department.

ISE conducts interdisciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged research based on political science, economics, anthropology, business studies, sociology, legal studies, and development studies. The Department hosts an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment characterized by academic and methodological diversity in research and education. Researchers at ISE emphasise research methodologies and share a commitment to understanding society and businesses in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. We produce research at the highest international level that feeds into our educational programmes and leverages into social, economic and political change. Research at the Department is organised into research groups. In one of these groups, we expect the successful candidate to work closely with colleagues trained as for instance sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, or economists. Read more about the research groups here.

Responsibilities and tasks

The responsibilities of the coming professor MSO includes research, fundraising, teaching, dissemination and academic citizenship activities. We expect the coming professor MSO to maintain a substantial record of publications, to manage research grants, to take a leading role in research group activities, and to engage in external fundraising and other activities to increase funds for the Department. The teaching includes classroom teaching and project supervision as well as the development of new teaching activities in International Studies at the BA level and International Development Studies at the MA level and in one or both of our Social Science BA programmes. It also entails guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors. The dissemination involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society including participation in the public debate. Finally, we expect the professor MSO to take active and visible part in academic citizenship activities e.g. assessments and other administrative tasks requested by the Department.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have established him/herself as a prominent scholar in his/her field within international development studies
  • Accomplish research and engage in research cooperation meeting high international standards
  • Show academic leadership by developing and managing core educational and research related tasks
  • Actively contribute to boost the international recognition of the research of the Department,
  • Actively engage in large-scale external fundraising to assure funds for PhDs, post docs etc. at the Department,
  • Actively participate in research management (including initiating and leading research projects/programmes),
  • Engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the Department
  • Play an active role in developing the educational programmes of the Department,
  • Actively contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department and to university-wide tasks,
  • Actively participate in the Department’s communication with the broader public,
  • Take leading responsibility for the long-term well-being of the Department and the university at large
  • Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at ISE, and
  • Promote the academic reputation of Roskilde University.


Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree. The ideal candidate matches most of the following characteristics: 

  • International research profile within international development studies
  • Considerable teaching experience in international development studies
  • Demonstrated ability to attract external research funding
  • A keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Knowledge of Danish (or Swedish/Norwegian) to the degree that you comfortably can do classroom teaching and project supervision and participate in on-going administrative and collegial cooperation, and
  • Good communicative and relational skills.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research topic(s)
  • An original scientific production at a high international level which documents that the applicant has contributed to developing the academic discipline of international development studies
  • The fit between the description of the suggested responsibility (see application below) and ISE’s research strategy
  • Strong teaching qualifications, experience with project-based learning, and substantial interdisciplinary teaching experience,
  • Experience in education development and management
  • Experience in successfully supervising PhD candidates
  • Proven ability to attract external funds for research
  • The ability to promote and utilise research results
  • The ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

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