Assistant Professorship (Danish Tenure Track) in Finance

Company:University of Southern Denmark

Location:Denmark / Odense


Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Assistant Professorship (Danish Tenure Track) in Finance

The Department of Business and Management, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for one or more vacant tenure-track assistant professorships within the area of Finance to be filled as soon as possible. We particularly seek candidates with strong theoretical research skills within asset pricing as well as corporate finance. Applicants should have completed their PhD in Finance or a related area prior to starting. We also encourage seasoned candidates with a strong research pipeline and teaching experience to apply.

Applicants for tenure-track assistant professor positions at SDU must be scholars with an internationally competitive research profile.

Job description

The Finance Group is an active research group and a central pillar at the department and expected to be actively supporting the development of the SDU Business School, which has been established recently. The department contains research areas with a strong tradition for high-quality research and teaching. The activities at the department are organized within seven groups: Accounting; Centre for Integrative Innovation Management; Consumption, Culture and Commerce; Finance; International Business & Entrepreneurship; Management of People, and Strategic Organization Design.

It is the aim of the department to conduct research of the highest international standard documented through 1) publications in internationally high-quality journals, 2) presentations at international conferences and 3) dissemination with high visibility and broad social impact.

Furthermore, the department emphasizes to offer high-quality research-based teaching using the most relevant teaching methods to enhance students’ learning.

The Finance Group is responsible for most undergraduate and all graduate finance courses at the five campuses at the University of Southern Denmark. The Finance Group is located in Odense; see for more information.

A successful applicant will be responsible for the teaching of courses in Finance and related areas and supervision of students at both the BSc and MSc levels. Furthermore, the applicant will be tasked with a range of obligations at the department, including:

  • Conduct and publish research at a high international level in areas of relevance
  • Perform research-related tasks such as taking active part in developing the research collectively by, e.g., joining common research projects, seeking external funding, and engaging in knowledge exchange activities with the surrounding society
  • Participate in relevant administrative tasks

It is important for the department that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to take part in the everyday academic and social environment of the Finance Group and at the department. Applicants must demonstrate a positive contribution to the general development of the Finance Group.

In general, the department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles, and thus applicants must present a clear academic profile. By academic profile is understood the combined quality of research, teaching and societal impact.

The faculty believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. Therefore, the department’s ambition is to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

For further information, please contact head of department, Dannie Kjeldgaard, e-mail or head of group, Christian Riis Flor, e-mail

The Danish tenure track employment

The Danish tenure-track employment is a focused assistant professorship with a guaranteed assessment for a position as an associate professor, not limited in time, within the tenure-track assistant professor’s area of study.

The applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships are assessed based the applicant's potential to reach the above-mentioned assessment criteria during the tenure-track period. The candidate will only be promoted to associate professor when an assessment committee confirms that the candidate has scholarly merits at a satisfying level.

The tenure-track assistant professor will be assigned a mentor upon employment. The department will further host annual performance- and development reviews to ensure the progress of the assistant professor’s development towards meeting the qualifications of an associate professorship. A formal midterm evaluation will be conducted by a committee consisting of the head of the department, the head of the Finance Group, and two external researchers with relevant qualifications, with the purpose of ensuring the focus of the assistant professor’s activities, as well as to create the basis for the planning of the remaining period.

The transition from assistant professor to associate professor

Within the 6th year of employment, the tenure-track assistant professor is expected to transition into an associate professor position, conditional on a positive assessment. The assessment is conducted by a formally approved assessment committee, consisting of a chairman appointed by the University of Southern Denmark and two external committee members (researchers with relevant qualifications within finance) approved by the dean, the academic council and the tenure-track committee of the university.

The assessment committee evaluates the tenure-track assistant professor based on the promotion guidelines of the department. The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at SDU expects the successful tenure-track assistant professor to have performed, progressed and achieved an acceptable record across the six scholarly dimensions: research, teaching, knowledge exchange, fundraising for research, community building and academic administration.

The Recruitment Process for assistant professorships

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent within Finance or a related area 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
  • An elaborated research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 4 years that describes:
    • the potential to perform high-quality research within the relevant research area
    • relationships to the aim and goals of the relevant research group
    • planned national and international collaborations to support the research plan
    • an indicative plan for seeking external funding to support the research plan, if necessary
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master’s and PhD degree)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a PDF for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf. This example can serve as a template, but the statement is for inspiration only. (Copy the link and insert into a new browser to open the example)
  • Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication, if such exist

Applicants applying for an assistant professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio may be found here.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications that are incomplete with regards to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified to be an assistant professor. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

The applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships are assessed based the applicant’s potential to reach the above-mentioned assessment criteria during the tenure-track period. The candidate will only be promoted to associate professor when an assessment committee confirms that the candidate has scholarly merits at a satisfying level.

Indicators of relevant scholarly merits could be documented through scholarly output independent of the PhD supervisor, high-quality publications, achievement of grants, or international research network.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns the person in question. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the head of department who will assemble an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants. Based on the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointment committee, the head of department determines which candidate(s) will be offered the position.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 31st of January 2022 using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked).

Read the guideline for the applicants

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

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