Postdoc in public policy

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a fixed-term postdoc position (24 months) in the area of public policy. The position is expected to commence on November 1, 2024 or soon thereafter.

Job Description
The position is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark under the project Explaining proportionality conflicts in public policy: when public health and veterinary policy domains intersect (PropZoon).

The project focuses on the concept of disproportionality in public policy when public health and veterinary policy domains intersect. Disproportionality manifests itself as either policy under-reaction or over-reaction. The project aims to explore and explain these phenomena through rigorous comparative research.

Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), the project will compare the degree of inter-institutional conflict over proportionality across 15-18 European zoonosis cases. The goal is to understand how various institutional factors influence the levels of conflict between public health and veterinary authorities. Findings from this research are expected to be published in high-impact policy journals and communicated to relevant stakeholders.

The research is led by professor Carsten Daugbjerg, University of Copenhagen and will collaborate with assistant professor Giulia Bazzan, Tilburg University.


  • Conduct high-quality research within the scope of the PropZoon project.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings through publications and presentations.
  • Participate actively in the international agri-food research community and contribute to the department’s expertise in food regulation.
  • Collaborate with the research team and engage with stakeholders.



  • PhD degree in public policy, political science, or a related field.
  • Experience in applying public policy theory.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn QCA methodology.
  • Strong analytical skills in public policy.
  • Ability to write academic journal articles in English.
  • Effective oral presentation skills.


  • Publications in international journals in relevant research areas.
  • Experience with comparative public policy research.
  • Familiarity with food regulation and its policy implications.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Teaching experience at the university level

Terms of Employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and salary are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Negotiation for salary supplements is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

. Please include the following documents in English:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent).
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans.
  • Complete publication list.
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers.

Application Deadline
The due date for applications is 26 august 2024, and interviews will be held in September.

Contact Information
For inquiries about the position, please contact Professor Carsten Daugbjerg at or +45 35 33 22 69.

Further information on the Department can be found at IFRO website

The University of Copenhagen encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background. We value diversity and aim to reflect this in our staff.

Recruitment Process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Carsten Daugbjerg


Application deadline: 26-08-2024
Employment start: 01-11-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food and Resource Economics
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