Associate Professor of Innovation and Sustainability Transitions at Københavns Universitet

The Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Associate Professor within the field of Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. The position will be embedded in the Department’s unit for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management, and is expected to contribute to the general research domain covered by this unit. The position is expected to have its main emphasis on innovation and/or Sustainability Transitions, preferably in the context of natural resource-based sectors e.g. food, agriculture and/or energy. More specifically, the position will contribute to further expanding the unit’s existing research activities on topics such as socio-technical transitions, innovation and transition policy, innovation systems, and industrial restructuring.

We are looking for applicants with documented research experience, either qualitative or quantitative (or both) within relevant social science or interdisciplinary research field such as

  • Innovation studies
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Management and organizational studies
  • Economic geography
  • Policy studies

The associate professor’s duties will primarily include theoretical and empirical research, research-based teaching and public sector consultancy work. We are particularly interested in competent team players interested in contributing to the Department’s collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching activities within this field and unit.

This should involve a combination of basic and applied research, in which the assistant professor creates a track record of project applications for competitive funding to further expand his or her own research capacity while developing the unit’s research activities and reputation. The candidate should also be interested in contributing to the unit’s educational program and associated examination obligations and in acquiring formal pedagogical training. To a limited extent, the position may also include other duties.

The associate professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact

Applicants are also required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for associate 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 an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at .

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The position is open from 1 February 2023or as soon as possible thereafter.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Teis Hansen, (+45) 35 32 15 17, or Head of Department Bo Jellesmark Thorsen (+45) 353 31700,

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

Terms of employment

  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
  • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on
  • Academics in the State. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
  • The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 4 September 2022, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.
You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 9 January 2023.
Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0429/22-2E.

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