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D-IAS Assistant Professor in Public Policy and/or Welfare State Research

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS) seeks an outstanding candidate to fill a position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of public policy and/or welfare state research.

The assistant professor will be employed at the Department of Political Science and Public Management and starts on March 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The department resides at the University of Southern Denmark’s campus in Odense.

The appointment is for four years with the possibility for a subsequent two-year employment as an Associate Professor.

We offer a uniquely ambitious research environment to this particular position, and, for the successful candidate, a position where options for tenure will be discussed during a third-year review. In addition, D-IAS offers the strongest possible support in applications for further external funding from prestigious national and European funding schemes, e.g., Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC starting grants.

The successful candidate should have a strong international profile, a strong record of research publications, and have demonstrated exceptional potential to excel in scientific research.

We expect the candidate to actively engage in the development of the research unit as well as contribute positively to D-IAS as a whole.


D-IAS aims to inspire ground-breaking ideas through the meeting of minds across the sciences and humanities. The D-IAS engages leading academics through its visitor program, weekly lectures, and quarterly colloquia. There is a strong focus on talent development of young researchers who work on game-changing ideas. Eminent academics are appointed as chairs, and in that capacity form the backbone of the D-IAS as they catalyze activities within their field.

More information about D-IAS activities can be found on our website For further information, please contact Thorbjørn Knudsen, (responsible D-IAS Chair).

Public policy and/or welfare state research

The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) at the Department of Political Science and Public Management. DaWS does research within a broad area of fields, among others public policy, comparative social policy, welfare history, migration studies, labor market studies, sustainable development policy, political economy, political sociology and political demography. We strive to conduct high-quality research, characterized by high social impact and interdisciplinarity. Successful candidate(s) must be able and willing to support the Department of Political Science and Public Management in realizing its two overarching strategic objectives: First, we strive to produce original ideas through high-quality and pioneering research. Second, we want to address major societal challenges and to exchange knowledge with society through high-quality study programmes and genuine engagement with societal actors and the wider public. The department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles, and thus applicants must present a clear academic profile. By academic profile we understand the combined quality of research, teaching and societal engagement. For more information about the department and its strategy, please visit the website.

For further information please contact DaWS Professor Pieter Vanhuysse ( or Dean of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences Jens Ringsmose (

Application, salary, etc.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information about salary and taxation.

Teaching obligations will be reduced, compared to a regular assistant professor position at SDU.

To qualify for the position as assistant professor you must have completed a PhD degree by the application deadline.

An application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as teaching portfolio
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf file for each publication
    • For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf file
  • Three letters of recommendation from acknowledged international researchers to be submitted directly by the references to mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these must also reach us before the application deadline
  • Research and publication plan for the next three years

Application and all appendices must be in English. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. To English-speaking applicants, please make sure to enter the electronic application form via the English website in order to receive further information in English.

We only accept files in pdf format no more than 10 MB per file. If you have more than one file per field, you should combine the pdf files into one single file, as each field can only contain one file. We do not accept zip files, jpg or other image files. All pdf files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected. Applications 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.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) Word format.

Read the guideline for the applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Work in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

D-IAS encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

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Deadline 2020-Sept-15

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Business and Social Sciences by completing the application form