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Postdoctoral Position in European Union Law 1020630

The vacancy is an open call for the appointment as soon as possible, or on an agreeable date with the successful candidate. The initial contract is a one-year full-time position, but may be available for a period of up to two years.

The Postdoctoral Fellow in European Union law position is established as part of the research project ‘In times of crisis: Access to justice in the European Union’, being led by the Principal Investigator (PI), Graham Butler, Associate Professor at the Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, supported by a grant awarded from the Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF).

Research project
Access to justice and judicial remedies for individuals and other legal entities invoking European Union law is increasingly coming under greater scrutiny. Both the widening and deepening of Union law has meant that differentiated standards of judicial review have existed over time, and in different policy fields that have Union law components. With the EU being the only supranational system of providing access to justice for individuals through judicial remedy at the time of its creation, the Union and its Court has thus had to self-explore the concept of access to justice, and construe locus standi as being narrow, broad, or somewhere in between.

Ensuring remedies are available to different types of legal actors through judicial review is a long-standing problem in the EU judicial architecture, which has involved the judiciaries of Court of Justice of the European Union, and of national courts within EU Member States. With progression in how legal actors intervene and perform in the present age, Union law is covering an ever-greater number of areas, with each field having its own set of unique characteristics that demand new ways of ensuring judicial protection. By exploring access to justice issues in the widened and deepened field of EU law, this research project, under the direction of the PI, Graham Butler, will assess, analyse, and critique the most pressing issues on access to justice in the EU legal order.

Job description
The task of the postdoctoral researcher will be to prepare and support the publication of a number of articles and other academic contributions on access to justice in European Union law within the scope of the project under the leadership of the PI, Graham Butler. They will contribute to the development of the project in European Union law, by, inter alia, preparing, undertaking, and supporting the project’s academic research, including, coordinating the research project’s activities, contributing to the dissemination of the project, and other associated tasks.

The research project has a significant emphasis on publishing its results in international peer-reviewed journals. The applicant’s interest in partaking in such research will be key. The position is research oriented, but may also involves teaching assignments and other administrative tasks, as necessary. This means that the successful candidate is expected to provide a dedicated contribution to the Department’s wider research and teaching agenda. Other obligations related to the project may be added to the successful candidate’s job description as stipulated by the Department of Law.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD in law, or be able to demonstrate proof of being about to complete it. Candidates with a strong publication record of accomplishment/publication record, or with experience in the management of research projects, are particularly encouraged to apply. Research output and communication abilities are of particular relevance in the assessment of applicants. Thus, experience with publishing research in well-known international journals will be an advantage.

The successful candidate should be capable of working under the direction of the PI, contributing to developing the research agenda and the activities of the project. Strong proficiency working in English is required, and non-native English speakers should be in a position to document their proficiency.

An assessment committee will assess the candidates who apply for the position. In assessing the applications for the Postdoctoral Fellow in European Union law, special emphasis will be placed on the compatibility of the candidate with the PI, and their academic ability to fulfil the output aims of the project within the given timeframe. When the committee has submitted its assessment, the applicants will only receive their relevant part of the assessment. Potential candidates may be asked to travel to Aarhus for an interview.

Department of Law
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, we have a dynamic, ambitious and academically diverse research and teaching environment. In addition, we focus specifically on attracting international researchers to the Department. We teach and carry out high-level research within key fields of national, European Union, and international law from a European context. In our research, we focus continuously on increasing the department’s international impact, particularly in terms of publications. We strive to extend upon and develop our core research fields, but we also aim for our research to be at the vanguard of new challenges in society.

Further information
Information enquiries may be made to the PI, Graham Butler, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University,

If you need help uploading your application please do not hesitate to contact Marie Louise Lund Pedersen,, +45 87152516.

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Place of work
The work address will be the Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 16, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

All applications should be addressed to the PI. 

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:

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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