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Ph.D. fellowships at the Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark

At the Department of Law, a number of Ph.D. fellowships will be available as of 1 January 2023 or by further agreement. The place of work is at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

The applicant’s Ph.D. project must be within one or several of the fundamental areas of law or in the cross field between law and economics. The project must contribute to the research within one (or several) of the institute’s four research groups and must be relevant to the future employers of our students. However, the applicant determines the specific content of the project.

The applicant is expected to have academic qualifications corresponding to the level obtained by completing a relevant Master’s degree programme.

A Ph.D. is a research degree at the highest international level. The Ph.D. fellow will become part of active learning environments, in Denmark as well as abroad, and he or she will obtain an extensive academic knowledge e.g. by participating in relevant Ph.D. courses. Furthermore, the Ph.D. fellow will gain teaching experience since part of the program involves teaching certain courses. The Ph.D. fellow is expected to be able to teach in Danish and/or English.

The Ph.D. fellow will become part of the good research environment at our department. We wish that our new colleague will show commitment and visibility and contribute to the department’s positive work environment and the continuous operation of the department.

More information about the Department of Law is available at the department’s website. The Ph.D. program is provided by the Ph.D. School at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences who offer further information on their website.
Further information about the fellowships
For further information, please contact:

Ph.D. coordinator, Professor Nina Dietz Legind
e-mail: (Out of office from 15 July until 7 August 2022).

Application, salary, etc.
Your employment as a Salaried PhD Research Fellow is governed by the agreement of 10 November 2015 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on PhD Research Fellows. The scholarship runs for three years.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Motivated applicaton
  • A certified copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results
  • An application form (is available here)
  • A project description (max 5 pages of 2,400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc.). The guidelines for preparing a Ph.D. project proposal for the Department of Law are available here.
  • An abstract for the above project description of no more than 250 words
  • Publications, if any – however, no more than two. If one of the attached publications is a master thesis, only the research question and conclusion should be attached, not the entire thesis.
  • Information on teaching experience or other forms of academic communication

Documents which are not in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish must be translated into English. SDU may discard applications which are incomplete regarding the above-mentioned criteria without further notice.

Application procedure
When the deadline for applications has expired, a number of applications are selected for an academic evaluation (shortlisting), based on an overall assessment of which of the applicants as regards both their qualifications and their project description match the strategies of the research groups and the department’s needs the best.

Subsequently, the chosen applicants will be assessed by a committee from the Ph.D. School. Once they have submitted their report, each of the applicants in concern will receive the evaluation concerning him/her. A number of applicants will then be invited to a job interview.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Read the guideline for applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The Department of Law is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, which is comprised of six departments. The department currently has more than 60 employees divided into four research groups (Private Law, Public Law, International Law and Law in Society) and a secretariat. Furthermore, the department has recently launched a new research centre, Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice. The department works to ensure high quality and social relevance as regards both jurisprudent research, education and knowledge exchange.

The Department of Law offers the traditional law degree alongside a combined HA (jur)/MSc (Econ) course. In addition, the department is responsible for the teaching of other legal subjects offered at SDU, e.g. on the MSc in Business Economics and Auditing and the diploma programmes.

You can only apply for the position through our website

Your application must be registered in our system on the 15/08/2022 at 23.59.59 CET at the latest.

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