Full Professorship(s) in Entrepreneurship and Organization

Company:University of Southern Denmark

Location:Denmark / Kolding

Discipline:Entrepreneurship and Organization

Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Full professorship(s) in Entrepreneurship and Organization

Kolding, Denmark

Job Description

The Department of Business and Sustainability, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for one or more positions as full professor in Entrepreneurship and Organization as of September 1, 2024, or as agreed.

Who are your new colleagues?

Your colleagues are experienced academics with expertise in entrepreneurial and organizational issues in start-ups as well as mature firms, organizations and public institutions. Our research focuses on discovering, creating, evaluating, and organizing for new opportunities. We use qualitative and quantitative methods and have a long tradition of strong engagement with external partners in the private and public sector. Moreover, we are active in the public debate on issues related to our research, and the department nurtures the wider impact of the research results.

The Department of Business and Sustainability offers a dynamic and entrepreneurial work environment in which collaboration and team spirit are fundamental parts of the culture. Our department has activities in Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg with approx. 65 employees engaged in research and teaching in the fields of resource-economics, entrepreneurship, marketing, supply chain management, business networks, and organizational studies.

The department is a result of a merger of two former departments and has been in operations since January 1, 2024. We plan to re-configure our research organization by summer 2024, but you can consult the webpage of the current “Entrepreneurship & Organization” research group to get a sense of the work being done. Since the department is so young, you will have a unique possibility to be involved in shaping the direction our department within the framework of the overall strategy – Beyond the Obvious - of the Faculty of Business and Social Science.

What are we looking for?

The department is looking for applicants with the potential to decisively add to the department’s research agenda and bolstering our teaching portfolio – and who thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment that seeks to contribute to a broad academic dialogue.

As full professor, the successful applicant will be tasked with a range of obligations at the department:

  • Developing a research agenda that advances the overall strategic objectives of the department.
  • Conducting and publishing research at a high international level.
  • Attaining external funding for collective projects including junior researchers.
  • Offering academic leadership to develop and cultivate academic milieus that advance networks and create opportunities especially for junior colleagues.
  • Develop and deliver high quality teaching, supervision, and study administration within the department’s portfolio of study programs. Facilitation of didactical innovation and development of new educational activities.
  • Disseminate research results to relevant external actors and engage with external partners to shape relevant university activities and help research results impact society.
  • Performing research management-related tasks such as project leadership, supervision of assistant professors, post docs and PhD students, participation in assessment committees, and representing the department/university in boards, councils, etc.

For applicants to qualify for the positions, they must be able to document that they have:

  • A research profile of leading international standing and experience in developing research agendas within the field of entrepreneurship and organization. This includes a sustained and sizable research output in international outlets. Research quality is crucial, and some publications should be published by top field-journals.
  • A solid track-record of successful management of research projects or groups and successful applications for and completion of externally funded projects.
  • Strong presence in national and international networks and research associations – and a sizable academic service (e.g. conference planning, reviewing, committee work)
  • Ample experience and good results with teaching at all levels, including supervision at the PhD level. Proven ability to develop courses and contribute to strategic development of study programs.
  • Proven ability to engage in collaboration with stakeholders outside the university to create societal value.

For a more detailed description of the qualification criteria, please consult the department’s Scholarly Qualification Matrix.

It is important that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to taking part in the everyday professional and social environment at the department. Such engagement can be documented by e.g. past engagement in social and professional activities. Within a three-year period, applicants with no current Danish skills must master the language at a level which enables them to read Danish exam papers and administrative documents (free language courses will be offered).

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

Further information, please contact Head of Department, Christian Elmelund-Præstekær cel@sam.sdu.dk.

How to apply for this position?

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:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • Detailed CV including the required documentation of experience and possible periods of leave.
  • An elaborated research, funding, and publication plan (max 4 pages) for the next four to six years that describes:
    1. the potential to advance the applicant’s field (empirically and/or theoretically)
    2. the potential non-academic partners and/or collaborators
    3. possible national (also within the department) and international collaborations.
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree).
  • Teaching portfolio (see below)
  • 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. For co-authored publications, please briefly describe the extent of the co-authorship or your contribution to the publications (please do this for each coauthored 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.

All non-Danish and non-English 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.

Incomplete applications may be rejected without any substantial evaluation.

Shortlisting and personality profiles may be used in the assessment process.

Applicants’ qualifications 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. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, applicants will receive the part of the assessment that concerns themselves. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will form an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete one or more job interviews with especially promising applicants. Based on information from the entire recruitment process the Head of Department determines which applicant(s) will be offered a position.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than April 5, 2024. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF format. Documents should not contain a CPR number (civil registration number) – in this case, the CPR number must be crossed out.

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

The University of Southern Denmark wishes to reflect the surrounding community and therefore encourages everyone, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.


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