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Assistant professor in Economic History, The Department of Economics, University of Southern Denmark

10-03-2023 11:22

The Department of Economics at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark, invites applications for a three-year position as assistant professor. The starting date is flexible, but we hope to welcome our new colleague on 1 August 2023.

Deadline: 31 March 2023

Job description

The Department of Economics is an international department with a strong tradition for excellence in research and teaching within the various areas of economics. The research, teaching, and dissemination activities at the department are organized within four groups: Econometrics and Data Science; Economic History; Macroeconomics; and Microeconomics. A more elaborated description of the department and the groups can be found on the department website.

It is the aim of the department to conduct research of the highest international standard documented through 1) publications in internationally distinguished journals, 2) presentations at international conferences, 3) external funding from competitive programs and 4) dissemination with high visibility and broad societal impact.

The department emphasizes high-quality research-based teaching using the most relevant teaching methods to enhance students' learning and the department explicit articulate our view on studying economics at SDU, which can be read here.

The department is responsible for the undergraduate as well as the graduate programmes in Economics and Mathematics-Economics at campus Odense. Also, the department is responsible for economics courses at different campuses at the University of Southern Denmark with activities in Odense, Sønderborg, and Slagelse. The research activities (and the workplace) are situated in Odense.

It is important for the department that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to take part in the daily academic and social interaction of the research groups and at the department.

It is a requirement that the candidate is able to read and understand Danish.

The Historical Economics and Development Group

The assistant professor will be affiliated to the Historical Economics and Development Group. The Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG) focuses on research in Economic History with a strong quantitative focus. HEDG is internationally acknowledged as a leading research group and attracts substantial grants and media coverage, as well as publishing books and articles with top outlets.

Research project on social mobility and human capital in the Nordic countries

The candidate joins an international team of researchers and will be involved in a prestigious research project on social mobility and human capital in the Nordic countries funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (for more information see link), headed by Professor Gregory Clark, a world-renowned researcher in Economic History. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to high-quality research on social mobility and human capital and to undertake teaching and supervision within economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Data curation using machine learning will be an integrated part of the project hence knowledge and interest in working with deep learning and natural language processing will be an advantage.   

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Paul Richard Sharp, e-mail: pauls[at] or from Head of Department Lone Grønbæk Jørgensen, e-mail: lg[at]  For general questions regarding housing, taxes etc., the SDU’s International Staff Office can assist - see link.

Application, salary, etc.

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Information on teaching experience or other forms of knowledge communication
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. If your publications have been co-authored, please briefly describe the extent of the co-authorship or your contribution to the individual joint publication. You can do so by using this form or you can describe the co-authorship in such a way that the committee can assess the extent of your contribution
    • Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication if such exist 

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

The assessment committee evaluates the applications based on the appointment guidelines of the department. 

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

Applications that are incomplete regarding the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

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 the applicants

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


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