The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for one
or more postdocs. The positions are part of the Center of Excellence on
Global Mobility Law.
The positions are available from 1 January 2023, and for the duration of 2
years with a possibility of a one-year extension.
The positions will be affiliated with a new Center of Excellence on Global
Mobility Law (MOBILE) at the Faculty of Law, funded by the Danish National
Research Foundation. The Center aims to undertake the first comprehensive
study of laws pertaining to human mobility as an emerging and societally
important field. To this end, MOBILE pioneers a novel approach, focused on
legal infrastructure and entanglement theory, to empirically study the complex
interactions of diverse legal regimes impacting human mobility, as well as the
interfaces between regional mobility law frameworks in both the Global South
and North. MOBILE's mission is to provide novel and broadly applicable
insights into how different types of law interact, how legal outcomes are
produced, and the intended and unintended effects of their enforcement in
shaping specific mobility patterns. The Center's research agenda is organized
around three cross-cutting work streams:
Structures (the composition and interconnectedness of legal
infrastructures in key regional systems of mobility, and their
relationship to specialised legal regimes such as air and sea travel);
Practices (the legal and political processes through which legal
infrastructures are enforced and contested; and how such practices
directly and indirectly structure mobility opportunities);
Change (how ongoing practices prompt normative change in legal
infrastructures, and the conditions under which socio-natural and
political events reconfigure mobility law).
In their letter of motivation and research plan, candidates are encouraged to
clearly indicate how their profile relates to one or several of the work
Candidates with pre-existing experience working on mobility law in the
following regions, European Union - EU; Economic Community of West African
States - ECOWAS; East African Community - EAC; Common Market of South America
- MERCOSUR; Association of South East Asian Nations - ASEAN; and Cooperation
Council of Arab States – GCC, are particularly welcome. So are candidates with
pre-existing experience working more generally on legal infrastructures, legal
entanglement theory, practice theory and legal evolution.
Laws related to mobility are found across highly diverse national, regional
and international legal regimes, e.g. security, labor, trade, tourism, public
health, refugees and human rights. Candidates are expected to have pre-
existing experience in one or more fields of law related to human mobility and
be willing to devote their research time to help establish global mobility law
as a cross-cutting and interdisciplinary field of study.
As a national Center of Excellence, MOBILE aims to create an enabling and
interdisciplinary environment for ambitious, highly creative and
scientifically daring research. For general information about what a Center of
Excellence is and entails, see: https: // dg.dk/en/what-is-a-center-of-
More information about the new Center of Excellence on Global Mobility Law can
be found here: https: // jura.ku.dk/english/news/2022/free-movement-new-centre-
About the positions
Candidates are expected to undertake research in line with MOBILE's overall
research strategy. This may cover projects aimed at analysing mobility law in
specific regions, cross-regional thematic projects studying how particular
aspects of mobility law is implemented and impact mobility opportunities, as
well as case studies on how mobility law evolves and responds to socio-
material and political ruptures.
Postdocs are further expected to take an active role in developing the Center
and to contribute to cross-cutting activities, e.g. organizing seminars,
publication series and summer schools.
The positions include research and reduced teaching and administrative
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the faculty's
research areas and education programmes by visiting the Faculty's website:
The Faculty actively supports the effort to learn Danish.
The position requires academic qualifications PhD, JSD or equivalent degree in
law, economics or social science. All applicants are expected to be able to
use English as the working language (written and spoken). Successful
candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high quality peer-
reviewed research publications.
In the overall assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicant's research
and teaching potential. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant's
ambition to develop and implement new research ideas, which may have an
international impact. Furthermore, the Faculty places emphasis on the
applicant's interest and preferably, prior experience, in working with other
researchers to conduct collective research and teaching activities and
welcomes the applicant's proven ability to make a valuable contribution in
Salary and terms of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with the agreement
between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In
addition to the basic salary you will receive an annual supplement per month
and a total contribution to your pension fund equal 17,1 % of your salary and
annual supplement is paid. It is possible to negotiate further salary
For further information, please see ‘Job Structure for Academic Staff at
Letter of motivation, appendices and the submitted research publications
(including papers, articles and books), must be written in English. The
application will be rejected if not all the required documents are submitted.
It is essential that you fill out all the mandatory fields in the electronic
application even though the info is already stated in your CV, application,
publication or other material you may find relevant to upload. The completed
fields will be screened during the shortlisting and assessment process and in
order to generate your final assessment, which we will send to you after the
assessment work is finalized.
The application MUST include the following nine (9) elements:
1. Letter of motivation (a one page document explaining the reasons for
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Research projec t. Applications should include a proposal for a
research project to be completed during the post-doctoral period. Proposals
should be no more than four pages long. The proposal should demonstrate the
capacity to develop a postdoctoral project, identifying the relevant
methodological tools to achieve the outlined project.
4. Diplomas, PhD or JSD diploma or alternatively a document showing that
the applicant submitted or will submit a dissertation
5. Publication list. (Complete, numbered list of publications)
6. Teaching portfolio , including documentation for teaching
qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching
visions within the research area. For more information regarding the teaching
portfolio, please see the related guidelines
7. Academic references , if available (please upload under “other
8. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant
wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than one (1) may
be a monograph. Applicants, who have written a PhD or JSD thesis or
equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis (if the thesis is written
in Danish, English, Swedish or Norwegian) and the written assessment of the
thesis as a part of submitted publications.
9. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author
declaration , which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be
submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However,
please indicate if this is the case.
In addition to the material which the applicant wishes to be included in the
assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material to assess
the applicant. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide such
supplementary material, should this be requested.
Upload letter of motivation, appendices and the research publications
electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above-mentioned
documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it
is essential that all required documents are enclosed.
Applications must be addressed to the Dean and uploaded electronically.
An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the
Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application
procedure on a regular basis via email.
Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment
on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the
basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the
recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the
post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as
set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio
and any research/development plan. All applicants are then immediately
notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert
Assessment Committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of
the committee and when the committee has completed its assessment, each
applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that
relates to the applicants themselves.
University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage all interested parties regardless
of personal background, gender or nationality to apply for the position.
Questions about the Center of Excellence on Global Mobility Law may be
addressed to Center Director, Professor Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, e-mail:
Further information about the recruitment process is available from HR,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to ID number 211-1152/22-2I .
The application deadline is September 29, 2022, 23:59 GMT+1.
Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.
If your application does not include all the required supporting documents
your application can be rejected and not be considered by the assessment
The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen.
The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within
the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups
with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 105
researchers and approx. 60 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative
staff members. In addition, approx. 400 part-time lecturers teach on the legal
programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty
website: https: // jura.ku.dk/english for more information.