Postdoctoral position in international law and security at the Center for Military Studies with the UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Postdoc in International Law and Security at the Center for Military Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
The Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) invites applicants for a postdoctoral position in international law based at the Center for Military Studies.
The position is available for one year from January 1, 2023.
Based in the Department of Political Science, the Center for Military Studies is an academic research center focused on research in defence, security, and strategic studies. In order to provide new knowledge and identify policy options relevant to Denmark in particular, we conduct independent research that is both curiosity-driven and problem-oriented. The Center works closely with the Danish Ministry of Defence, the Danish Armed Forces and other national and international stakeholders when examining issues and developing ideas and options. An integral part of the Department of Political Science, the Center participates in the teaching and research activities of the Department. For more information, please visit our webpage: https://cms.polsci.ku.dk/
The position is part of the implementation of Denmark’s 2018-2023 Defense Agreement, which includes a grant to the Center for Military Studies (“the International Law Grant”) focusing specifically on international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations. such as questions concerning cyber operations and new military technologies. The project involves close collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen.
Applications are sought from highly qualified candidates who have research and teaching experience in the field of international law. Applicants with applied research experience regarding international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations, cyber operations and/or new military technologies such as AI and quantum are particularly welcome. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to excellence and relevance.
Functions at the Center for Military Studies:
- Research in the field of international law, including international legal challenges associated with participation in international military operations, cyber operations and/or new military technologies such as AI and quantum
- Carrying out specific studies and analyzes for the Danish Ministry of Defense and the political parties behind the Defense Agreement 2018-23
- Knowledge sharing with the rest of society, including media appearances
The weighting of different assignments may vary periodically, but the successful candidate can expect to spend most of their time conducting strategic research and producing specific studies for the Danish Ministry of Defense and political parties at the origin of the 2018-23 defense agreement.
To be qualified for the position, the candidate must hold a doctorate in international law or equivalent university degree, 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 primarily by a well-received doctoral dissertation and an emerging international reputation based on a publication profile that complements the strengths of existing research from the Center for Military Studies
- A desire to engage in knowledge exchange and have policy impact internationally and in Denmark. We encourage proactive engagement with government and community partners to enhance research and education impact and improve the employability of our students.
- Strong interpersonal skills, which enable the candidate to be a constructive and empathetic colleague in a diverse and dynamic work environment.
In addition to these essential qualifications, emphasis will be placed on:
- Ability to engage in policy innovation and policy formulation
- Research experience and knowledge of international legal challenges associated with participating in international military operations, cyber operations, and new military technologies such as AI and quantum
- Ability to work on specific projects in a team and with interdisciplinary approaches
- Ability to communicate complex issues to the general public
We expect applicants to present a clear, well-developed and viable research plan for postdoctoral research to be undertaken during the position.
Qualifications in Danish can be an advantage but are not a requirement for the right candidate.
Strategy of the Faculty of Social Sciences
The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Faculty is a thriving academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:
- Engage partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
- To empower our students to become thoughtful and responsible citizens who have the vision, knowledge and skills to change society for the better.
- Energize global, European and Danish knowledge communities through innovation in research methodologies and impactful research results
For more on the Faculty’s strategy, see https://samf.ku.dk/fakultetet/strategi/.
Terms of employment
More information about the recruitment process at the University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
Equal Opportunity in the Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed to its pursuit of academic excellence to equal opportunity and the creation of an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of their personal background. , gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnic origin, etc. to learn more about the diverse work environment at the university and the university’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter- for-researchers/
The University of Copenhagen offers a wide variety of services to international researchers and their accompanying families, including support before and during your move and career advice to expatriate partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information about entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/
Information on the recruitment process is available from HR, email: [email protected], please refer to ID number: 211-1194/22-2I #1
Further information about the position and the Center for Military Studies can be obtained from the Acting Director of the Center for Military Studies Kristian Søby Kristensen (e-mail: [email protected], telephone: +45 28729017) or by Professor Kevin Jon Heller (email: [email protected], telephone +45 26844933).
How to register
Submit a complete application on our online portal. Click the “Apply Now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. Documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word format.
Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:
- Cover letter. A cover letter (max. 2 pages) with a motivation for your application and detailing how your profile matches the qualifications required for this position.
- Curriculum vitae
- Certificates and Diplomas including, for example, MA/LLM and certified/signed copy of PhD certificate. If the doctorate has not been completed, a written statement from the thesis director must also be attached
- List of publications. A complete list of all publications with publication dates clearly indicated.
- Documentation of societal impact, including through applied research. Documentation of any ability to create and/or experience societal impact through applied research.
- Documentation of the ability to disseminate information. Documentation of any ability to disseminate information and share knowledge with society.
The deadline for submitting applications is October 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CEST
Requests or attachments received thereafter will not be considered.