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Professorships in Demography

The Danish Centre for Population Research invites applications for one or more full professorships in demography. The selected candidates are expected to push and sustain demographic research in their Centre as the analytical and methodological cores for cross disciplinary population research.

The Centre is part of the University of Southern Denmark’s Faculty of Business and Social Sciences; it is the coordinating partner in an interfaculty research collaboration, which includes researchers in Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. Read more about the organization.

Research in their Centre mainly concerns questions arising within aging societies and its multidisciplinary dimensions with a focus on mortality. They seek to also include the dimensions of fertility and family dynamics, and potentially migration. They do both fundamental as well as applied research and provide policy relevant findings for Denmark and internationally.
The Centre is one of the leading teams in the world on demographic modelling and forecasting, much of which is financed by large external grants; the new Professors are expected to develop their own research agendas attracting external funding, and coordinate research within formal/mathematical and statistical/analytical respectively demography in their Centre.
Teaching initially will play a minor role, but their new colleagues are expected to contribute to new teaching programmes within the Centre in the future.

All professors in their group value and contribute to outreach, relevance to society, in particular Denmark, and institution building.


You – the applicant

Among the standard tasks of a full professorship, this position particularly emphasizes excellence in research, leadership, and innovativeness.

They are looking for an excellent, pathbreaking researcher with substantial experience in formal, or more broadly mathematical demography and/or advanced empirical modelling, and experience in interdisciplinary research, with bold and visionary research ideas that address big questions and the potential to successfully attract external funding.

You are strong in demographic modelling, development of theory and concepts, and the advancement of the methodological core of demographic research.

Working within an interdisciplinary network that includes biologists as long-standing and successful collaborators in major research projects, an advantage would be if you had experience with non-human biodemography.
As a highly international team, they especially value candidates with strong international experience and networks. 

As a candidate for a full professorship, you should have an outstanding record of innovativeness and interdisciplinarity, should have made substantial contributions to demographic research, should have substantial international experience and extensive networks, should have a range of teaching experience, should have helped academic organizations in various ways, and should have made some contributions and have considerable interest in making contributions to society.
Read more about their recruitment and promotion criteria here.


More information

Please contact Director, Professor Jes Søgaard, by e-mail, tel.: +45 6550 3810/+45 21476952 or Professor James Vaupel, (+45 6550 4082/+45 53853932).

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).


Application, salary, etc.

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

An application must include:

  • A motivation letter, especially highlighting the candidate’s innovativeness, excellence in research, interdisciplinarity, fund raising, research leadership, international experience and network, and contribution to the field of formal demography. 
  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • A teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy (please see below)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Seven to ten scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the applicant to be the most important for this position. Please note that one .pdf file must be attached for each publication
    • If the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration
  • A research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applicants applying for a 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 a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.
Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the committee will assess whether you are qualified to be a Professor.

The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete the job interviews, should such be conducted. Additionally, the appointments committee determines which candidate will be offered the position.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be conducted.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

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

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

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