Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics, Blue Economy focus

Application Deadline


Assistant professor / lecturer

The University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg invites applications for a 6-year tenure-track assistant professorship position at the Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics (SEBE) in environmental and resource economics, with a preferred focus on blue (marine and/or maritime) economy. The starting date of the position is November 1st, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

SEBE https://www.sdu.dk/en/sebe is part of the Faculty of Social Science and is part of Campus Esbjerg. The Department employs approx. 45 people. Research in the Department is organized in three research groups, and the announced position will be part of the Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment group (MERE).

The research of the group covers environmental and natural resource economics (see the profile of the group here.). The focus of the MERE group puts specific emphasis on economic uses of the interlinked biosphere and biophysical systems as well as risk analysis and management. Topics of research within these emphases currently focus on

• ecosystem conservation and use;
• marine resource use and conservation;
• energy transitions;
• climate regulation; and
• intersections of technology, trade and development relating to these issues. 

While the research group mainly consists of economists, the research is often placed in multidisciplinary academic and international environment. Research and teaching activities should also strengthen societal engagement in solutions to problems of sustainable development.

Job Qualifications

Candidates should hold a PhD in economics or closely related field.

We seek applicants with a strong research potential and the ability to work in a collaborative environment with a focus on environmental and resource economics. The preferred applicants’ research activity is expected to complement the group’s research profile. For this post, we welcome applicants with empirical research interest in blue economy.

The group participates actively in the research and teaching involved in the University’s Center for Maritime Health and Safety, Energy Management Center, and Center for Rural Research, as well as the Danish Centre for Risk and Safety Management, which is jointly operated with Aalborg University.

Research and teaching will be predominant in the position. Other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree. The University determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

The successful applicant is expected to play an active role in the MERE research group and to be able to work collaboratively with colleagues in this and other research groups and centers at the Department.

She/he will enjoy the benefits of working in an inspiring and open research environment.

More on the Department

The Department provides teaching for degrees in Environmental and Resource Management (M.Sc.), General Business Administration and Economics (B.Sc.), Marketing, Social Media, and Digitalization (M.Sc.), Sports and Event Management (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), Sociology and Cultural Analysis (B.Sc and M.Sc.), and Diploma and MBA programmes in Business Administration and Economics.

The Department provides modern facilities for research and teaching, as well as resources for research and teaching, as well as resources for research assistants and for travel and conference participation.

The primary language at SDU, both in teaching and in administrative processes is Danish. Within a three-year period, applicants with no current Danish skills must master the language at a level which enables them to read Danish exam papers and administrative documents. Free language courses will be offered.

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professor with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures. 

Further information can be obtained from Head of Research Group, Professor Brooks Kaiser, phone +45 65501590, e-mail 

The Danish tenure track employment

The Danish tenure-track employment is a focused assistant professorship with a guaranteed assessment for a position as an associate professor, not limited in time, within the tenure-track assistant professor’s field of study. 

The tenure-track assistant professor will be assigned a mentor upon employment. The head of department will further host annual performance- and development reviews to ensure the progress of the assistant professor’s development towards meeting the qualifications of an associate professorship. A formal midterm evaluation will be conducted by a committee consisting of the head of the department and two external researchers with relevant qualifications, with the purpose of ensuring the focus of the assistant professor’s activities, as well as to create the basis for the planning of the remaining period.

The transition from assistant professor to associate professor

Within the 6th year of employment, the tenure-track assistant professor is expected to transition into an associate professor position, following a positive assessment conducted by a formally approved assessment committee, consisting of a chairman appointed by the University of Southern Denmark and two external committee members approved by the dean, the academic council and the tenure-track committee of the university.

The assessment committee evaluates the tenure-track assistant professor based on the scholarly qualification guidelines of the department. The Faculty of Business and Social Science at SDU expects the successful tenure-track assistant professor to have performed, progressed and achieved an acceptable record across the six scholarly dimensions; research, teaching, knowledge exchange, fundraising for research, community building and academic administration. These assessment criteria will also reflect, that a positive evaluation alone guarantees a position as associate professor, and the evaluation measures are therefore tightened compared to the scholarly qualification guidelines of the department in the transition assessment.

The faculty believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The Recruitment Process

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • An elaborated research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 4 years that describes:
  • the potential to advance the field (both empirically and theoretically)
  • relationships to the aim and goals of the relevant research area
  • planned national and international collaborations to support the research plan.
  • the plans for obtaining external funding to support the research plan.
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position.
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information as shown this example. The statement is just for your inspiration.

Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication, if such exist.


Applicants applying for an assistant professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio may be found here. All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.Applications that are incomplete with regards to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified to be an assistant professor. The assessment committee will base its evaluation on the current qualification guidelines of the Department (see here). The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted. Successful applicants to tenure-track assistant professor positions must be scholars with an internationally competitive research profile, whose potential is at the forefront of their discipline. The applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships, are assessed based on the criteria of the scholarly guidelines and the applicant’s potential to reach an international level of scholarly excellence during the tenure-track period. The candidate will only be promoted to associate professor when the assessment committee confirms that the candidate has scholarly merits at a level of international excellence beyond what can normally be expected for qualification at the level of associate professor, with reference to the scholarly qualification policy of the research group in which the position is announced.Indicators of relevant scholarly merits could be documented through scholarly output independent of the PhD supervisor, ground-breaking publications, achievement of excellence grants, and international research network.Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants. On the basis of the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointments committee, the Head of Department determines which candidate(s) will be offered the position.Applications must be submitted electronically no later than August 1st, 2019 using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.Read the guideline for the applicantsEach field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Application Deadline


Assistant professor / lecturer


Campusvej 55

Odense , Denmark