Associate Professor in International Development Studies

Roskilde University Department of Social Sciences and Business

Department of Social Sciences and Business (ISE), Roskilde University (RUC), invites applications for a position as associate professor in International Development Studies. The position is available from December 1 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

In announcing the position, ISE looks to develop its research and teaching in international development studies as it pertains to informality, governance, local politics, rural-urban linkages, resource extraction, and climate change in the Global South.

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 department’s 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 impact social, economic and political change. Research in the department is organised in research groups. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with for instance sociologists, economists, political scientists, and anthropologists in one of these groups. Read more at https://ruc.dk/en/department-social-sciences-and-business.

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 professor’s work primarily includes research and research-based teaching and supervision in ‘international studies’ and ‘global and development studies’ at BA and MA level, respectively. 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, manage 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 Department’s 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 RUC’s academic reputation.

Qualifications

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

  • International research profile within international development studies with a particular focus on informality, governance, local politics, rural-urban linkages, resource extraction, and climate change
  • Documented research production at an international level, including publications in the field’s internationally recognized journals/publishing houses
  • Teaching experience in international development studies
  • A keen interest and experience in project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • The candidate should be able to document pedagogical qualifications, good teaching evaluations, and the ability to innovate within the educational field.

Moreover, the ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, and be a visible involved participant in the department’s 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 successful candidates 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, successful candidates must master English for academic purposes. Potential applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark (taxation, healthcare etc.) here.

Assessment

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

  • Research topic(s)
  • Quality and quantity of scientific production at an international level
  • Strong 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 department’s internal and external cooperation

Questions

For further information about the position, please contact Dean of Social Sciences Peter Kragelund on tel. (+45) 4674 3335 / jpk@ruc.dk or Associate Dean for Education Bodil Damgaard (+45) 4674 2251 / bodam@ruc.dk

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 Dean 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.

Application

To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/ 

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education 

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here) 

5. A complete list of publications 

6. 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) 

7. Research plan (maximum 2 pages).

Please submit your application no later than 1, June 2021.

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. 

Application due date
01-06-2021

Department
Instititut for Samfundsvidenskab og Erhverv

Category
Videnskabelig personale (VIP)

Contact
Peter Kragelund
Dekan
 
4674-3335
6195-1118