Assistant Professorship in International Trade

Copenhagen University
July 10, 2024
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The Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites excellent candidates for an assistant professorship in International Trade.

The position is available from 1 September 2024 until 31 August 2028.

Introduction Local economies depend on the ease with which people and goods flow to and from its neighbors, but national borders constitute obstacles to these flows. In 2000, the Øresund Bridge physically connected Denmark and Sweden, creating a much more integrated Greater Copenhagen region. Since then, several events have disturbed its operation, e.g., strict border controls during the refugee crisis in 2015. We will exploit both the opening and these subsequent shocks to the ease of crossing as natural experiments to investigate how cross-border integration and disintegration impacts firm performance, aggregate welfare and inequality on both sides of the border.

We use linked register data from Denmark and Sweden with information about economic integration in the form of cross-border commuting and firm-to-firm trade flows. Directly observing these flows, rather than using aggregate data, enables the affiliated researchers to study heterogeneity across firm and worker types and identify potential winners and losers.

Duties and Responsibilities Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting world-class research and teaching. An assistant professor also has administrative responsibilities.

As assistant professor in International Trade your main tasks will be to contribute to the project outlined above. That is, the tasks include empirical analysis of how international trade affects firms and their workers using Danish and Swedish register data as well as structural estimation approaches.

You will also be expected to teach in International Trade.

Your Competencies and Opportunities In order to be assessed qualified for an assistant professor position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University's criteria of academic merit.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the criteria for recognizing merit for assistant professors here: Criteria for recognising merit – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

Key competencies include 1) research experience with Danish and Swedish register data for firm and workers and firm-level trade flows, 2) a track record of research within international trade including a promising portfolio of ongoing research, 3) participation in international networks within international trade, 4) experience with fund raising, 5) collaboration with relevant private and/or public organizations related to international trade and 6) teaching experience in international trade.

A successful candidate has strong interpersonal skills as well as an aptitude for working collaboratively with colleagues in planning and delivering teaching, in research projects and in the discharge of administrative duties.

Furthermore, the candidate must demonstrate a commitment to student learning, supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences The Department of Economics 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 Strategy for the Faculty of Social Science. You can read the Department's strategy here: Strategy Department of Economics

    Terms of Employment

  • Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the Department concerned.
  • As this is an assistant professor position, and therefore we strongly encourage the appointed assistant professor to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 3-6 years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language training
  • Further information on qualification requirements as assistant professor can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary range starts at DKK 38.500 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 Research, 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 Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: [email protected], please refer to ID number: 211-0437/24-2A

    Additional information about the position can be obtained from Jakob Roland Munch, e-mail: [email protected] , phone +45 35323019.

    How to Apply Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply.

    Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application Curriculum vitae

  • Certificates and Diplomas

  • Publications. The 6 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 6.
  • Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with on the list to be assessed.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
  • Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.
  • Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant's contribution to the work must be clearly specified. The hiring committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the extent and nature of each individual's contribution.

    The closing date for applications is 10 July 2024 CEST .

    Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.

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