Postdoctoral Position in Korean Studies

University of Copenhagen Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

KF-NIAS Korea Fellow: Postdoctoral Position in Korean Studies

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for a postdoctoral position in Korean Studies from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2022. Core funding for the fellowship has been generously provided by the Korea Foundation. Candidates should propose a research topic concerning the domestic, comparative or international politics of the Republic of Korea, broadly defined.

Topics of particular interest might include electoral politics, the politics of mass communication or social media, political protests, generational conflict, gender issues, climate change, sustainability, the geopolitics of the Korean peninsula, security and nuclear proliferation, and the role of APEC and other regional organizations.

Funding will be available for conference travel and to support the publication of a book resulting from the fellowship.

The position is for 12 months.


The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), founded in 1968, is a well-established research centre, with a particular focus on social science and humanities research on contemporary Asia. NIAS has a broad Nordic mandate and a range of partners around the region, but is administratively part of the University of Copenhagen, where it operates under the auspices of the Department of Political Science.

NIAS works in close collaboration with the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC), a 25 member academic consortium spanning the five countries of the Nordic region. The Institute houses NIAS Press, a leading specialist academic publisher in the field of Asian studies. NIAS also runs the very successful Nordic Asia podcast series, hosted by the New Books Network.

Located on an historic campus in the heart of downtown Copenhagen, the Department of Political Science is one of the best departments of its kind in Europe: it currently has 60 full-time academic staff, 31 PhD researchers, and more than 2100 students.

A BA in Korean Studies is offered by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen, including instruction in the Korean language. A range of elective classes are offered at MA level.

For further details, see these webpages:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and publishing in the field of appointment
  • Collaborating on the development of relevant grant and funding applications
  • Teaching a related class in the Department, as appropriate
  • Supporting collaborations between NIAS and the University of Copenhagen
  • Strategic communication, including podcasts, media, social media and outreach activity

Your Competencies and Opportunities



The candidate must have:

  • Obtained a PhD degree in political science, international relations or a cognate discipline
  • Substantial expertise on Korea
  • Korean language competency
  • Track record of academic publications with well-regarded journals and/or publishers
  • A research agenda in the field of Korean politics or policy, broadly defined

Preferably, the candidate will also have:

  • Experience of teaching at university level
  • Experience of presenting academic papers at international conference and seminars
  • Experience in engaging with and presenting to external users of academic research
  • Experience in working on research grants from international sources

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.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact

For more on the Faculty strategy, see:

The Department of Political Science has a strategic plan addressing current challenges with four main areas of focus: impact, internationalization, academic environment and revenue. You can read the Department’s strategy here

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:
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary range starts at DKK 34,622.56 per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The recruitment process

Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

An 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 Researrch, see

International applicant?

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:

Contact information

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR Salma Schou, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-0748/21-2I

Additional information about the position can be obtained from Duncan McCargo, e-mail:, phone +45 35324628

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:

  • Cover letter explaining your motives for applying
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 2 pages)
  • Diplomas (master and bachelor)
  • Two sample publications or conference papers

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2021 at 23:59 [CEST].

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.


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.


Application deadline: 15-05-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Statskundskab