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Associate Professor in Development Studies and International Relations/Latin American Studies

At the Department of Politics and Society, the Faculty of Social Sciences, a vacant position as associate professor in development studies with Latin American specialization is open for appointment from February 1, 2020 or as soon as possible after this date.

Job description

The primary job responsibilities of the position are research and teaching within development studies and international relations. Applicants must document research and teaching qualifications at the level of associate professorship within one or several fields in the following areas:

  • Development studies and international relations with research/teaching profiles on environmental politics, global environmental governance and climate change and with an empirical focus on the Latin American region

  • Development studies and international relations with research/teaching dimensions on human rights and social-environmental conflicts

  • Development studies and international relations related to multilateral organizations and transnational NGOs, civil societies, non-state actors in global governance

  • Development studies and international relations related to project management and implementation in international development cooperation including concrete project assessment.

In terms of teaching, the position is attached to the masters program in Development and International Relations under the Board of Studies for International Affairs. Applicants are expected to teach in a number of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary areas crossing development studies, international relations, and international political economy including emerging areas brought about by globalization and transformation of the world order. The position may also include teaching and supervision assignments in other interdisciplinary study programs at the department of Politics and Society, which are thematically related to the areas of the job description mentioned above. 

It will be considered an advantage, but not a prerequisite, that applicants demonstrate their experiences with “problem based learning,” which is Aalborg University’s pedagogical model. Applicants who are qualified to teach within other areas of the programmes mentioned should state this in their application.

Research and teaching (lecture and supervision) activities with which this position is affiliated are fully conducted in English. Therefore, applicants must document language qualification by indicating his/her English abilities at a professional level. Although full command of the Spanish language is not a prerequisite condition for the position, the ability to speak read and teaching in Spanish at a professional level will be assessed favorably since many teachings and researches are connected with the Latin American region.

If the associate professor’s mother tongue is not Danish, the candidate is expected, within a two-year period, to acquire a command of Danish which will enable him/her to conduct teaching and supervision activities in Danish and to participate in administrative and development related activities at the department, and to cooperate with other academic environments.

In terms of personal qualities, the associate professor is expected to have strong interpersonal skills, and to be able to establish and maintain good relations with researchers and students with different cultural and political backgrounds.

The new employee will be attached to the research group: Development and International Relations.

Qualification requirements

It is presupposed that applicants for the position as associate professor have research qualifications corresponding to the level achieved from a successful employment period as an assistant professor/researcher, or achieved otherwise. The applicants must document scientific production at an international level. Furthermore, it is presupposed that the applicants have received supervision and pedagogical upgrading and a positive written evaluation of their teaching qualifications. Moreover it will be an advantage, but not a prerequisite, that applicants have experience with Problem Based Learning (PBL) which is Aalborg University's teaching philosophy.

Regular attendance at the department is required. In addition, the applicants must be prepared to participate actively in all aspects of the day-to-day activities in the department and in the study programmes.

The application must contain the following

• Motivated application.
• Current CV.
• Complete list of publications.
• List of publications that the applicant wishes to be considered. A maximum of 10 publications may be submitted.
• Co-author statements in relation to publications written with other authors must be enclosed with a declaration from each of the authors, stating the extent of the applicant's contribution to the total work. The declaration must be signed by the co-authors. Template co-author declaration, at the bottom of this page.
• Education (copies of documentation for degrees obtained).
• Documentation for teaching qualifications. Guide, at the bottom of this page.

The complete application with enclosures is to be submitted online by using the "apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


An expert assessment committee will assess all candidates.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Contact information

For additional information about the academic content of the position please contact the study board of International Affairs, contact person: Ane Bislev, Tel. +45 99 40 2859, email abislev@dps.aau.dk

Enquiries regarding application procedure may be directed to Magnus Bach Andreasen, Tel. +45 9940 3536, email: hr-hs@adm.aau.dk

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email hs-hr@adm.aau.dk


Appointment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science's Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Salary is in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State.

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Fri Nov 01 00:00:00 CET 2019

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