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Postdoctoral Position in Politics of Climate and Sustainability (Asia) at NIAS

Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2021

The Department of Political Science and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for a postdoctoral position in the politics of climate and sustainability with reference to Asia, from 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for 24 months.

The closing date for applications is the 8 of January 2021, 23:59 CET.

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

The Research Group on Climate, Environment and Change (REGROUP) is a newly-established Departmental initiative that focuses on both domestic and international climate policy.

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.

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 of Political Science, as appropriate
  • Creating greater synergies between NIAS and the Department of Political Science
  • Strategic communication, including podcasts, media, social media and outreach activity

Your Competencies and Opportunities

Competencies

Essential

The candidate must have:

  • Obtained a PhD degree in political science, international relations or a cognate discipline
  • Substantial expertise on a specific Asian country or countries
  • Track record of academic publications with well-regarded journals and/or publishers
  • A research agenda related to the politics of climate and sustainability in Asia

Desirable

Preferably, the candidate will also have:

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

Opportunities

  • 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
  • Creating greater synergies between NIAS, REGROUP, and the Department of Political Science
  • Strategic communication, including podcasts, media, social media and outreach activity
  • Some travel for conferences and dissemination activity, depending on domestic and global conditions

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: https://samf.ku.dk/fakultetet/strategi/.

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 https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/strategy-plan/

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: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/dokumenter/Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf

Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne). The salary range starts at DKK 34,654.76 (EUR 4,919.83) 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:  https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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 https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/

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: https://ism.ku.dk/

Contact information
Additional information about the position can be obtained from NIAS Director Duncan McCargo, e-mail: duncan@nias.ku.dk, phone +45 353-24628.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0616/20-2I #1.

How to apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal.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
  • Diplomas (master and bachelor)
  • Two sample publications or conference papers

The closing date for applications is the 8 of January 2021, 23:59 CET.
Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.