Vacant Ph.D. fellowship at the Department of Law

Vacant Ph.D. fellowship at the Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark

Odense, Denmark


At the Department of Law, one or more Ph.D. fellowships will be available as of 1 January 2025 or by further agreement. The place of work is at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

The primary task in the positions is research and, as a result, to prepare a Ph.D. thesis within the three-year employment. As a Ph.D. fellow at the Department of Law, you will be part of a legal research environment anchored in The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.

You are expected to have academic qualifications corresponding to the level obtained by completing a relevant Master’s degree programme. If you have practical experience in subject areas relevant to the proposed research project, it is naturally an advantage, but it is neither required nor expected.

A Ph.D. is a research degree at the highest international level. You will become part of active learning environments, in Denmark as well as abroad, and you will obtain an extensive academic knowledge e.g. by participating in relevant Ph.D. courses. Furthermore, you will gain teaching experience since part of the program involves teaching certain courses at our law studies. You are expected to be able to teach in Danish and/or English.
As a Ph.D. fellow, you will become part of the good research environment at our department. We cherish our good working environment, and therefore you are expected to show commitment and visibility in relation to the department – internally as well as externally – and to contribute positively to the department’s working environment, everyday life and ongoing operation.

More information about our Ph.D. programme is available at the department’s website. On the website you will also find the department's qualifications criteriaThe program is provided by the Ph.D. School at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences who offer further information on their website.

The Department of Law has a cooperation agreement with Universita' Ca' Foscari in Venice. It means that we offer a so-called double PhD degree. You will find more information about the cooperation here.

Further information about the fellowships
For further information (regarding both the education and the application procedure), please contact Ph.D. coordinator, Professor Nina Dietz Legind at You are also welcome to contact the possible contact person for the subject area in question.   

The application must include the following:

•   Motivated application
•   Detailed Curriculum vitae (educational and work history should be specified by month and year)
•   Master’s degree certificate including all examination results
•   An application form (is available here)
•   A project description (max 5 pages of 2,400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc.). The guidelines for preparing a Ph.D. project proposal for the Department of Law are available here.
•   An abstract of the project description of no more than 250 words
•   Publications, if any – however, no more than two. If one of the attached publications is a master thesis, only the research question and conclusion should be attached, not the entire thesis.
•   Information on teaching experience or other forms of academic communication

Documents should not contain a CPR number - in that case the CPR number must be crossed out.

Please note, you can only upload two files. The first file should contain the motivated application. The second file should contain the CV and the rest of the material. The files must be in Adobe PDF format. The two files together must not exceed 10 MB in size

Documents which are not in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish must be translated into English. SDU may discard applications which are incomplete regarding the above-mentioned criteria without further notice.     

Suggestions for areas and topics 
The job posting is not limited to specific legal areas and themes, but the list below can serve as inspiration. The academic contact person is indicated in parentheses.

Media law (Sten Schaumburg-Müller, 
Sentencing and imprisonment (Linda Kjær Minke, 
Health law (Frederik Waage, 
Administrative law principles at the level of constitutional law (Frederik Waage, 
The Ombudsman in Danish constitutional and administrative law (Frederik Waage, 
Causality in Danish expropriation law (compensation for mink farming)  (Frederik Waage, 
Tax law and business concepts (Jane Ferniss, 
Tax law and the posting of workers (Jane Ferniss, 
Company law with a focus on small and medium size enterprises (Troels Michael Lilja, 
Consumer protection in contract law in light of new legislation (Troels Michael Lilja, 
Principles of contract law (Torsten Bjørn Larsen, 
Intellectual property rights applied to property law  (Torsten Bjørn Larsen, 
Weaker parties and the presumption of protection (Nina Dietz Legind, 
EU law and good governance in financial institutions (Niels Skovmand Rasmussen,, and Nina Dietz Legind, 
Composite legal issues in the field of banking and financial services (Niels Skovmand Rasmussen,, and Nina Dietz Legind,

Application procedure
The appointment takes place in accordance with the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations for academics in the Danish state with the associated circular on the protocol on job structure for academic staff at universities and the provisions for the position of PHD fellow as described herein.  

Employment as a paid PhD fellow takes place in accordance with the circular of 20 December 2021 on the collective agreement for academics in the state – appendix 5, protocol on PhD fellowships.  The scholarship runs for three years.

When the deadline for applications has expired, a number of applications are selected for an academic evaluation (shortlisting), based on an overall assessment of which of the applicants as regards both their qualifications and their project description match the strategies of the research groups and the department’s needs the best.

Subsequently, the chosen applicants will be assessed by a committee from the Ph.D. School. Once they have submitted their report, each of the applicants in concern will receive the evaluation concerning him/her. A number of applicants will then be invited to a job interview.

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

The Department of Law is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, which is comprised of six departments. The department currently has approximately 65 employees divided into four research groups (Private Law, Public Law, International Law and Law in Society) and a secretariat. Furthermore, the department has a research centre, Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice. The department works to ensure high quality and social relevance as regards both jurisprudent research, education and knowledge exchange.

The Department of Law offers the traditional law degree (the Bachelor’s programme and the Master’s programme) alongside a combined HA (jur)/MSc (Econ) course. In addition, the department is responsible for the teaching of other legal subjects offered at SDU, e.g. on the MSc in Business Economics and Auditing, on the engineering programmes and on the diploma programmes.


  • Job Identification1715
  • Job CategoryPH.D.
  • Posting Date05/15/2024, 09:19 AM
  • LocationsCampusvej 55, Odense M, 5230, DK
  • Apply Before08/05/2024, 11:59 PM
  • Job ScheduleFull time

SDU - Univerisity of Southern Denmark

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Deadline: 2024-08-05
Location: Denmark, Odense
Categories: Law, PhD,


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