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Tenure-track Assistant Professorships in Finance

The Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for one or more vacant tenure-track assistant professorships within the area of Finance to be filled as soon as possible.

Applicants for tenure-track assistant professor positions at SDU must be scholars with an internationally competitive research profile, whose potential is at the forefront of their discipline.

Job description

The department has a strong tradition for high-quality research and teaching within the various areas of business economics and economics. The research and teaching activities at the department are organized within four groups: Accounting; Finance; Microeconomics, and Econometrics and Economic History.

It is the aim of the department to conduct research of the highest international standard documented through 1.) publications in internationally distinguished journals, 2.) presentations at international conferences and 3.) dissemination with high visibility and broad societal impact.

Furthermore, the department emphasizes to offer high-quality research-based teaching using the most relevant teaching methods to enhance students’ learning. 

The Finance Group is responsible for most undergraduate and all graduate finance courses at the five campuses at the University of Southern Denmark. The Finance Group is located in Odense.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the teaching of courses in Finance and related areas and supervision of students at both the BSc and MSc levels. Furthermore, the applicant will be tasked with a range of obligations at the department, including:

  • Conduct and publish research at a high international level in areas of relevance
  • Perform research-related tasks such as taking active part in developing the research collectively by e.g. joining common research projects, seeking external funding, and engaging in knowledge exchange activities with the surrounding society
  • Participate in relevant administrative tasks

It is important for the department that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to part in the daily academic and social interaction of the Finance Group and at the department. Applicants must demonstrate a positive contribution to the general development of the Finance Group.

In general, the department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles, and thus applicants must present a clear academic profile. By academic profile is understood the combined quality of research, teaching and societal impact.

The faculty believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. Therefore, the department’s ambition is to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

For further information, please contact head of department, Lone Grønbæk, e-mail or head of group, Christian Riis Flor, e-mail

The Danish tenure track employment

The Danish tenure-track employment is a focused assistant professorship with a guaranteed assessment for a position as an associate professor, not limited in time, within the tenure-track assistant professor’s area of study.

The applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships are assessed based the applicant's potential to reach the assessment criteria during the tenure-track period. The candidate will only be promoted to associate professor when the assessment committee confirms that the candidate has scholarly merits at a level of international excellence beyond what can normally be expected for qualification at the level of associate professor.

The tenure-track assistant professor will be assigned a mentor upon employment. The department will further host annual performance- and development reviews to ensure the progress of the assistant professor’s development towards meeting the qualifications of an associate professorship. A formal midterm evaluation will be conducted by a committee consisting of the head of the department, the head of the Finance Group, and two external researchers with relevant qualifications, with the purpose of ensuring the focus of the assistant professor’s activities, as well as to create the basis for the planning of the remaining period.

The transition from assistant professor to associate professor

Within the 6th year of employment, the tenure-track assistant professor is expected to transition into an associate professor position, following a positive assessment conducted by a formally approved assessment committee, consisting of a chairman appointed by the University of Southern Denmark and two external committee members (researchers with relevant qualifications) approved by the dean, the academic council and the tenure-track committee of the university.

The assessment committee evaluates the tenure-track assistant professor based on the promotion guidelines of the department. The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at SDU expects the successful tenure-track assistant professor to have performed, progressed and achieved an acceptable record across the six scholarly dimensions: research, teaching, knowledge exchange, fundraising for research, community building and academic administration. 

The Recruitment Process for assistant professorships

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • An elaborated research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 6 years that describes:
    • the potential to advance the relevant research field
    • relationships to the aim and goals of the relevant research group
    • planned national and international collaborations to support the research plan
    • the plans for obtaining external funding to support the research plan
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a PDF for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf. This example can serve as a template, but the statement is just for inspiration.
  • Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication, if such exist

Applicants applying for an assistant professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio may be found here.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English. 

Applications that are incomplete with regards to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified to be an assistant professor. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

The applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships are assessed based on the applicant’s potential to reach the above-mentioned assessment criteria during the tenure-track period. The candidate will only be promoted to associate professor when the assessment committee confirms that the candidate has scholarly merits at a level of international excellence beyond what can normally be expected for qualification at the level of associate professor.

Indicators of relevant scholarly merits could be documented through scholarly output independent of the PhD supervisor, ground-breaking publications, achievement of excellence grants, and international research network.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns the person in question. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the head of department who will assemble an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants. Based on the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointment committee, the head of department determines which candidate(s) will be offered the position.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than January 15, 2021 using the link above. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked).

Read the guideline for the applicants

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

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Deadline 2021-Jan-31

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