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Associate Professor(s) in International Development Studies


Roskilde, Midtsjælland


Department of Social Sciences and Business (ISE), Roskilde University (RUC), invites applications for one, potentially two, position(s) as associate professor(s) in International Development Studies. The position(s) is/are available from November 1 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

In announcing the position, ISE looks to advance its research and teaching in International Development Studies. ISE conducts interdisciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged research based on business studies, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, legal studies, and development studies. It is an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment characterized by academic and methodological diversity in research and education. The departments researchers put emphasis on research methodologies and they share a commitment to understanding businesses and society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. We produce research at the highest international level that feeds into our educational programmes, while simultaneously leveraging our research to influence social, economic and political change. The position(s) is/are linked to the International Development Research Group, see:

Responsibilities and tasks 

The associate professor is expected to maintain a steady rate of publications as well as to make a contribution to the research culture in the department. The associate professors work primarily includes research and research-based teaching and supervision in International Studies at BA level and International Development Studies at MA level. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society including participation in the public debate. Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to attract research grants, coordinate research projects, provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors, participate actively in research groups and development of new teaching activities, and engage in external fundraising and other activities to increase funds for the Department as well as take part in academic assessments and other tasks requested by the Department. 

The ideal candidate is expected to: 

  • Demonstrate evidence of a steady rate of publications, a progression in publications over time, as well as current research activity in the form of recent publications at high international level,
  • Accomplish research and engage in research cooperation meeting high international standards,
  • Contribute to boost the international recognition of the research of the Department,
  • Engage in external fundraising to increase funds for the Department,
  • Play a role in developing the educational programmes of the Department,
  • Contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department,
  • Participate in the Departments communication with the broader public,
  • Take responsibility for the long-term well-being of the department and RUC at large,
  • Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at ISE, and
  • Promote RUCs academic reputation.



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

  • Research profile within International Development Studies
  • Documented research production at an international level, including publications in the fields recognized journals/publishing houses.
  • Teaching experience within the field of International Development Studies
  • Experience using advanced social science methods in own research
  • A keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.


Moreover, the ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, and be a visible involved participant in the departments daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department. 

Ability to teach in Danish is a great asset and selected applicants who do not speak Danish (or possibly Swedish or Norwegian) will be requested to acquire the necessary skills in Danish within the first two years of service, so as to ensure that they can participate satisfactorily in teaching activities as well as in academic and administrative activities at the University. At the time of appointment, selected applicants must master English for academic purposes. Potential applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark (taxation, healthcare etc.) here


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

  • Research topic(s), and the ability to develop the research field
  • Scientific production beyond the contribution from the PhD at an international level
  • Teaching qualifications, experience with project-based learning, and interdisciplinary teaching experience
  • The ability to attract external funds for research
  • The ability to promote and utilise research results
  • The ability to contribute to development of the departments internal and external collaboration



For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Peter Kragelund on tel. (+45) 4674 3335 / or Deputy Head of Department Bodil Damgaard (+45) 4674 2251 /  

Terms of employment 

The employment is full time and you will refer to Head of Department Peter Kragelund 

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. 

Application procedure

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Documentation of education
  • Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
  • A complete list of publications
  • A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment


If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)

Please submit your application no later than 1 June 2019.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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