Professor MSO/Senior Researcher in International Law and Security at the Centre for Military Studies

Københavns Universitet (KU)

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The Department of Political Science, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Professor MSO or Senior Researcher in international law and security at the Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The position is a part of the implementation of Denmark’s 2018-2023 Defence Agreement, which includes a grant to the Centre for Military Studies (‘the international law grant’) focusing specifically on the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations as well as questions concerning cyber operations and new military technologies. The project involves close collaboration with researchers at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

The position is available from 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are sought from eminent candidates, who have extensive experience with research and teaching within the field of international law and international security. We welcome applications from researchers with backgrounds in international law. Applicants with experience within applied research regarding international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations and/or questions concerning cyber operations and new military technologies, are especially welcome. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to both excellence and relevance.

Job description
The duties attached to this position as Professor MSO/Senior Researcher at the Centre for Military Studies are:

  • Research within the field of international law and international security including the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations as well as questions concerning cyber operations and new military technologies
  • Specific studies and analyses for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the political parties behind the 2018-23 Defence Agreement
  • Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate and post-graduate students at the Department of Political Science and/or the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
  • Knowledge sharing with the rest of society, including media appearances
  • Research and teaching management, including administrative tasks related to the position, e.g. the development and management of projects under the international law grant as a whole within the framework provided by the CMS management.

The weighting of the different assignments may vary periodically, but the successful candidate can expect to spend most of his/her time doing strategic research and working with specific studies for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the political parties behind the 2018-23 Defence Agreement. A certain amount of teaching is also to be expected.

Appointment as Professor MSO is a five-year position after which the Professor MSO will be offered a fixed position at the level of Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science.

Appointment as Senior Researcher is a fixed position.

Qualifications
Professor with special responsibilities (Professor MSO)
To be qualified for the position as professor MSO the applicant must have a PhD in International Law or equivalent academic qualifications as well as:

  • An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced by a recognized international reputation in International Law or a relevant subfield and demonstrated by a considerable number of high-quality publications, which constitute a significant contribution to the field and complements the existing research strengths of the Department of Political Science and/or the Faculty of Law. Publications should be published on a continuous basis in top-ranked journals and/or a highly influential publication record with leading book publishers.
  • A commitment to contribute to the delivery and further development of an excellent student experience based on a significant track record of excellence in teaching in one or more of the main areas covered by the Department of Political Science and/or the Faculty of Law.
  • An engagement in knowledge exchange and policy-impact in Denmark as well as in an international context. We encourage proactive engagement with government, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.
  • Proven ability to provide leadership of research groups as well as an ability to operate in leadership roles at the Departmental, Faculty and University levels.
  • The ability and willingness to attract external funding on a larger scale and to lead research projects.
  • Robust interpersonal skills which enables the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.

Senior Researcher
To be qualified for the position as Senior Researcher the applicant must have a PhD in International Law or equivalent academic qualifications as well as:

  • An aspiration to increase our understanding of the world and its problems based on a proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced in a growing and ambitious publication profile that complements the existing research strengths of the Department of Political Science and/or the Faculty of Law and evidence of, or clear plans for attracting, external research funding
  • A commitment to contribute to the delivery of an excellent student experience based on a sizable track record of excellence in teaching in one or more of the main areas covered by the two Departments.
  • An engagement in knowledge exchange and policy-impact in Denmark as well as in an international context. We encourage proactive engagement with government, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.
  • Robust interpersonal skills, which enables the candidate to be a constructive and empathic colleague in a diverse and vibrant working environment.

Further qualifications as Professor with special responsibilities (Professor MSO) and Senior Researcher:

Besides these essential qualifications, emphasis will be put on the applicant’s:

  • Ability to engage in policy-innovation and policy formulation
  • Research experience with – and knowledge of – the international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations and/or new military technologies as well as issues of national security law, including cyber
  • Ability to work on specific projects in teams and with cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Ability to communicate complicated issues to the wider public

Danish language qualifications can be an advantage but is not a requirement for the right candidate.

About the Centre for Military Studies
Based in the Department of Political Science, the Centre for Military Studies is a university research centre focusing on policy-relevant research and research-based innovation and information that identifies options for Denmark’s defence and security policy in a time of increased uncertainty. Research at the Centre is thus a means to identify policy options in a complex, interconnected security environment. The Centre works closely with the Danish Ministry of Defence, the Danish Armed Forces and other national and international stakeholders to investigate issues and develop ideas and options. As a fully integrated part of the Department of Political Science the Centre takes part in teaching and research activities at the Department. For more information, please consult our webpage: https://cms.polsci.ku.dk/

Conditions of employment
Professor with special responsibilities (Professor MSO)
Terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary as Professor MSO is DKK 626,000 (EUR 84,000 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to the pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of the salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.

Senior Researcher
Terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary as Senior Researcher is DKK 477,700 (EUR 63.900 app.) In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to the pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.

Applications
Please write in the cover letter which position you are applying for, or both. Applications must be in English and include the following information and documentation:

  • A cover letter with a motivation for your application and a full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background including a record of research and international research cooperation.
  • A complete numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – maximum 10 if applying for the Professor MSO position, 6 if applying for the position as Senior Researcher - that you wish the Evaluation Committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*).

If the applicant submits publications marked by an asterisk (*) that are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are 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 each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/. The Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Science jointly appoint the committees.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in the positions to apply, regardless of personal background.

Additional information can be obtained from Director at the Centre for Military Studies, Henrik Ø. Breitenbauch (phone: +45 60870608, email: hob@ifs.ku.dk), or Deputy Director Kristian Søby Kristensen (phone: +45 28729017, email: ksk@ifs.ku.dk)

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0008/19-2J.

The deadline for applications, including enclosures is 1 February 2020 (at Midnight 23.59 Danish Time)

Applications must be submitted online – see below.

Please note:

  • Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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Kontakt
Kristian Søby Kristensen
E-mail: ksk@ifs.ku.dk

Kontakt
Henrik Ø. Breitenbauch
E-mail: hob@ifs.ku.dk

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Ansøgningsfrist: 02-01-2020

Ansættelsesdato: 06-01-2020

Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Statskundskab


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