Postdoctoral Position in Public Procurement Law and Competition Law

University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law

Postdoctoral Position in Public Procurement Law and Competition Law

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a postdoc in Competition law and economics. The position is part of a research project on central purchasing bodies funded by DFF (Sapere Aude – DFF-Starting-Grant). The project is called Safeguarding competition and equal access to central purchasing bodies’ agreements.

The position is available from September 2021 and for the duration of 2 years.

Introduction

The overall research project is aimed at analyzing the rules relating to Central Purchasing Bodies and explore new ways of conducting competitive procurement procedures.  

Central purchasing bodies conduct procurement procedures on behalf of other contracting authorities. Aggregated procurement can lead to better prices and quality for contracting authorities and ultimately for the tax payers. However, this type of purchasing have often preferences for contracts with a single supplier in order to lower transaction costs, and this puts economic operators in a position in which they need to work together in order to be able to bid for the agreement – and such cooperation can be seen as an anticompetitive agreement (Art. 101 TFEU). Other potential negative effects of aggregation are linked to excessive concentration of purchasing power and collusion, as well as a reduction of market access opportunities for SMEs. The project is divided into 4 work packages (WP1: CPB perspective, WP 2: Undertaking and market perspective, WP 3: User perspective, WP 4: Parallel agreements).

The research project is headed by associate professor Carina Risvig Hamer (PI) more information can be found on the https://jura.ku.dk/ciir/english/

The post.doc will become part of WP 2, which focus on competition, when contracting authorities use CPBs and create large- scale procurement. Aggregated procurement allows CPBs to exercise buyer power vis-à-vis economic operators, which may thwart the competitive process and lead to infringements of EU competition law due to abuse of a dominant purchasing position (Art 102 TFEU), or even of anticompetitive agreements (Art 101 TFEU). The focus of this research project will be competition on the supplier side, where the use of CPBs risks closing the market, in particular for SMEs, due to the difficulty of meeting the tender requirements for such large contracts. WP2 will consist of a 2 year position for a post.doc with the topic: Ensuring Supply Side Competition for CPBs agreements. The post.doc will analyse the current legal framework for utilizing joint bidding in CPBs procurement procedures, including the possibility for undertakings to enter into sub-contracts after the tender procedure. The output from the post.doc should be 4-5 articles targeted at recognised international journals.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the faculty's research areas and education programmes by visiting the Faculty’s website: www.jura.ku.dk.

The Faculty actively supports the effort to learn Danish.

Required qualifications

The position requires academic qualifications PhD, JSD or equivalent degree in law, economics or social science. All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken). Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high quality peer-reviewed research publications.  

In the overall assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s research and teaching potential. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s ambition to develop and implement new research ideas, which may have an international impact. Furthermore, the Faculty places emphasis on the applicant’s interest and preferably, prior experience, in working with other researchers to conduct collective research and teaching activities and welcomes the applicant’s proven ability to make a valuable contribution in this regard.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment is based on the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC).The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 412.000 – 434 (EUR 55,000 – 57,900 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. It is possible to negotiate further salary supplements. 

The position include research, teaching and administrative responsibilities.

For further information, please see ‘
Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019’ and ‘Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law’. Both documents are available on the Faculty’s website.

Application

Letter of motivation, appendices and the submitted research publications (including papers, articles and books), must be written in Danish or English. The application will be rejected if not all the required documents are submitted.

It is essential that you fill out all the mandatory fields in the electronic application even though the info is already stated in your CV, application, publication or other material you may find relevant to upload. The completed fields will be screened during the shortlisting and assessment process and in order to generate your final assessment, which we will send to you after the assessment work is finalized.

The application MUST include the following nine (9) elements:

1. Letter of motivation (a one page document explaining the reasons for applying)

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Research project. Applications should include a proposal for a research project to be completed during the post-doctoral period. Proposals should be no more than four pages long. The proposal should demonstrate the capacity to develop a postdoctoral project, identifying the relevant methodological tools to achieve the outlined project. 

4. Diplomas, PhD or JSD diploma or alternatively a document showing that the applicant submitted or will submit a dissertation  

5. Publication list. (Complete, numbered list of publications)

6. Teaching portfolio, including documentation for teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching visions within the research area. For more information regarding the teaching portfolio, please see the related
guidelines


7. Academic references, if available (please upload under “other relevant material”)

8. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than one (1) may be a monograph. Applicants, who have written a PhD or JSD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis (if the thesis is written in Danish, English, Swedish or Norwegian) and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications.

9. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

In addition to the material which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material to assess the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material, should this be requested.

Application procedure

Upload letter of motivation, appendices and the research publications electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.

Applications must be addressed to the Associate Dean of Research and uploaded electronically.

An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.

Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email.

Following the application deadline, the Associate Dean of Research selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert Assessment Committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

Questions about project is available from associate professor Carina Risvig Hamer, carina.hamer@jur.ku.dk

Further information about the recruitment process is available from Salma Schou HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0717/21-2I.

The application deadline is May 14, 2021, 23:59 GMT+1.

Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.

If your application does not include all the required supporting documents your application can be rejected and not be considered by the assessment committee.

The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 80 full time researchers and approx. 50 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative staff members. In addition, approx. 450 part-time lecturers teach on the legal programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty website: https://jura.ku.dk/english for more information.

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Application deadline: 14-05-2021
Employment start: 01-09-2021
Department/Location: Forskningsområdet