Postdoctoral Position in International Law and Security to the Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for a postdoctoral position in international law based at the Center for Military Studies.
The position is available for one year, starting from 1 January 2023.
Based in the Department of Political Science, the Centre for Military Studies is a university research centre focusing on research in defence, security, and strategic studies. To provide new knowledge and to identify relevant strategic options for Denmark in particular, we conduct both curiosity-driven and problem-driven independent research. The Centre works closely with the Danish Ministry of Defence, the Danish Armed Forces and other national and international stakeholders when investigating issues and developing ideas and options. As a fully integrated part of the Department of Political Science, the Centre takes part in teaching and research activities at the Department. For more information, please consult our webpage: https://cms.polsci.ku.dk/
The position is a part of the implementation of Denmark’s 2018-2023 Defence Agreement, which includes a grant to the Centre for Military Studies (‘the international law grant’) focusing specifically on the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations as well as questions concerning cyber operations and new military technologies. The project involves close collaboration with researchers at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
Applications are sought from highly qualified candidates who have experience with research and teaching within the field of international law. Applicants with experience with applied research regarding the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations, cyber operations, and/or new military technologies such as AI and quantum are especially welcome. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to both excellence and relevance.
Duties at the Center for Military Studies:
- Research within the field of international law including the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations, cyber-operations, and /or new military technologies such as AI and quantum
- Producing specific studies and analyses for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the political parties behind the 2018-23 Defence Agreement
- Knowledge-sharing with the rest of society, including media appearances
The weighting of the different assignments may vary periodically, but the successful candidate can expect to spend most of his/her time doing strategic research and producing specific studies for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the political parties behind the 2018-23 Defence Agreement.
To be qualified for the position the applicant must have a PhD in International Law or equivalent academic qualification, as well as:
- An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced primarily by a well-received PhD dissertation and an emerging international reputation based on a publication profile that complements the existing research strengths of the Centre for Military Studies
- A desire to engage in knowledge exchange and have policy impact internationally and in Denmark. We encourage proactive engagement with government and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.
- Robust interpersonal skills, which enables the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.
Besides these essential qualifications, emphasis will be put on the applicant’s:
- Ability to engage in policy innovation and policy formulation
- Research experience with – and knowledge of – the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations, cyber operations, and new military technologies such as AI and quantum
- Ability to work on specific projects in teams and with cross-disciplinary approaches
- Ability to communicate complicated issues to the wider public
We will expect candidates to present a clear, well-developed, and viable research plan for the postdoctoral research to be undertaken while in the position.
Danish language qualifications can be an advantage but is not a requirement for the right candidate.
Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences
The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:
- Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
- Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge, and the competences to change society for the better.
- Energizing global, European, and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact
For more on the Faculty strategy, see https://samf.ku.dk/fakultetet/strategi/.
Terms of Employment
- Further information on qualification requirements as postdoc can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/dokumenter/Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf
- Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
- The salary range starts at DKK 32.569,29 per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/
Information about the recruitment process is available at HR, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, please refer to ID number: 211-1194/22-2I #1
Additional information about the position and the Center for Military Studies can be obtained from the Interim Director of the Center for Military Studies Kristian Søby Kristensen (e-mail: email@example.com, phone: +45 28729017) or Professor Kevin Jon Heller (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +45 26844933).
How to apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.
Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:
- Motivation letter. A cover letter (max. 2 pages) with a motivation for your application and detailing how your profile matches the qualifications required for this post.
- Curriculum vitae
- Certificates and Diplomas including e.g., MA/LLM’s and certified/signed copy of PhD certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor must be attached as well
- Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates.
- Documentation of societal impact including through applied research. Documentation of any ability to create and/or experience with societal impact through applied research.
- Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of any ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.
The closing date for applications is 2 October 2022 at 23:59 CEST
Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.
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