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Reannouncement: Postdoctoral position in legal research – property law 909368

A position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, is open for appointment as soon as possible. It is available for a period of 14 months. 

The research project

The postdoctoral position is established as part of the on-going research project "The impact of a Europeanisation of property law" carried out at the Research Group on Ownership and Property, the Department of Law, Aarhus BSS. 

Job description

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by being involved in dogmatic research as well as the other phases of the research process, including writing of articles and the ongoing development of the project. The focus is on the international impact, particularly in terms of publications.

The postdoctoral researcher will be tasked to study the model rules in the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) Book VIII "Acquisition and loss of ownership of goods" and the legal status that would result from an implementation of the rules, including a comparative study of the model rules in DCFR Book VIII and the property law rules of Germany. 

The postdoctoral researcher will provide support in organising workshops and an international conference, including the coordination and assessment of abstracts and discussion with journals and/or publishers regarding possible publication of conference papers. The postdoctoral researcher may undertake administrative tasks, as necessary. 

The position is research-oriented, but also involves teaching assignments in English. This means that the successful candidate is expected to provide a dedicated contribution to the department’s research and teaching environment. 

Your physical attendance at the department is required, and we expect active participation in the activities of the department. 

Your qualifications

The candidate must hold a PhD in law and must have experience within the area of property law. Experience with the property law rules of Germany is especially welcome. The successful candidate demonstrates a high level of English skills and is preferably proficient in German. Potential candidates may be asked to come to Aarhus for an interview. 

Who we are

The Department of Law is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS - and specifically the Department of Law – has achieved the distinguished AASCB and AMBA accreditations. 

With more than 60 academic staff members and 15-20 PhD fellows, we have a dynamic, ambitious and academically diverse research and teaching environment. In addition, we focus specifically on attracting national and international researchers and PhD fellows to the department. 

At the Department of Law, we teach and carry out high-level research within key fields of Danish, European and international law. In our research, we focus continuously on increasing the department’s national and international impact. We strive to extend upon and develop our core research fields, and we aim for our research to be at the vanguard of new judicial challenges in society and the business community. In our teaching, we strive to build bridges between theory and practice, amongst others by drawing on external teachers’ practical experience. 

For more information about the Department of Law, please visit:

Further information

For further information about the position and the department, please contact Head of Department Tine Sommer Tel.: +45 8716 4964, Email:

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Marie Hedegaard Fagerlund, Tel.: +45 8715 3551, Email:

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Place of work

The place of work will be Bartholins Allé 16, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Terms of employment
The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

• Application
• Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
• Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
• List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
• Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form can be used for the purpose
• Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


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