Postdoc at the Centre for Global Criminology, University of Copenhagen


The Centre for Global Criminology (CGC) is looking one or more postdocs with an ethnographic focus on crime and/or policing, commencing 1 January 2021. The candidate must hold a PhD in criminology, sociology or anthropology or similar disciplines, have experience with ethnographic methods and have an interest in carrying out fieldwork.

CGC studies global crime, criminalisation and illicit border- and boundary-crossing phenomena around the world. We work to develop in-depth methodological, empirical and analytical insights by using a cross-disciplinary and mixed-methods approach. The centre’s researchers come from a range of disciplines and work closely with international scholars within the field (see

The positions include two months’ of fieldwork and will run for a duration of 24 months.

Salary and conditions of employment
Salary and terms of appointment will be in accordance with an agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range of DKK 415.000 – 437.000 (EUR 55,000 – 57,900 app.). The University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.

An agreement between The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here:​​ and

Additional information
If you have any questions in relation to the positions, you are welcome to contact Professor Henrik Vigh ([email protected])

The application should be in English and must include the following enclosures:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages). 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with*.
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment and the PhD thesis (if applicable). The selected publications must be uploaded as attachments. Should any of the submitted publications consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Application procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Head of department subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant. 

The University of Copenhagen encourages everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR South City, e-mail: [email protected], please refer to ID 211-0516/20-2I

Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online not later than October 1, 2020, 23:59 Danish Time.

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-10-2020

Employment start: 01-01-2021

Department/Location: Department of Anthropology

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