Associate professor in Consumption, Culture and Commerce

Odense, Denmark


The research unit Consumption, Culture and Commerce (CCC) at the Department of Business & Management (DBM), University of Southern Denmark welcomes applications from highly qualified candidates for one or more exciting new positions as associate professor in Consumption, Culture and Commerce. The positions are located in Odense and are vacant from 1st January, 2025 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Who are your new colleagues?

Research at the CCC unit focuses on two over-arching themes: studies of consumer culture (e.g., consumption symbolism, globalization and glocalization processes) and socio-cultural perspectives on markets and marketing with emphasis on theory development and critique.

The unit oversees a B.Sc. degree in Market and Management Anthropology, hosts three M.Sc. profiles in Marketing, and delivers teaching in a number of other educational programmes.

DBM works both quantitatively and qualitatively to build bridges between applied and fundamental research. The Department houses seven vibrant research units (Strategic Organization Design, Centre for Integrative Innovation Management, Consumption, Culture & Commerce, Management of People, International Business & Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting) whose work is anchored in an understanding of the relations between markets, organizations and individuals. The Department encompasses a variety of areas from evolutionary organizational models, economics, to new exotic forms of consumption. It is our ambition to be international leaders in these areas and to achieve synergy between research, teaching and knowledge-sharing.
What are we looking for?

The successful candidate is ambitious and will have an international profile in the areas of relevance to the research unit. In particular, we search for candidates with a track-record in one or more specific sub-fields of marketing and consumer research: digitalization and platforms; media and mediated contexts; critical approaches to understanding markets; social change and market innovations; and, global perspectives on markets and consumer cultures.  A substantial record of research publications in highly recognized journals in one or more of the research areas mentioned above is expected, as well as the potential to make advances both empirically and theoretically. Further information can be obtained in the Department’s qualification guidelines. Since the research of the unit is oriented toward the type of marketing research labeled Consumer Culture Theory (CCT), candidates working in this or similar research fields are preferred.

The candidates must be able to demonstrate teaching experience at varied university levels and be able to deliver high quality teaching within topics such as consumption studies, marketing and branding, globalization, and qualitative research methods. Successful candidates will be engaged in teaching in the B.Sc. Marketing and Management Anthropology programme, and in our Business Administration programmes at the bachelor and master level. Candidates are expected to be able to teach courses based on CCT, anthropological, and sociological approaches to consumption and markets and to supervise bachelor and master theses in the area of consumer research and marketing.

Beyond the research publication record and teaching experience, successful candidates will be expected to contribute actively to the social and academic lives at the department as well as participate in the guidance of doctoral students and junior faculty. Also, we expect active and constructive participation in the university’s academic administration, and it is an advantage if the candidates have experience in applying for external research funding, and in establishing strong ties with the international research community. Furthermore, the right applicants should thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment that seeks to contribute to a broad academic dialogue.

The successful candidate should have a Ph. D. degree within social sciences or a cross-disciplinary PhD with a significant social science contribution.

If the successful candidates are not fluent in Danish, (s)he will be expected to learn Danish within a period of three years. Within this timeframe applicants are expected to master Danish at a level which enables them to correct Danish exam papers and read administrative documents. Within a five-year period, applicants must be able to document Danish language skills at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. Also, the department addresses social challenges and knowledge exchange with society through high-quality study programmes and genuine engagement with external partners and society at large.

Further information can be obtained from Head of Research, Professor Ian Woodward via e-mail [email protected] or phone +45 65 50 94 49.
How to apply for this position?

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent.

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 associate professor as described herein.

For more information on the department guidelines for qualification and recruitment please visit our web.

The application must include (all attachments must be in Adobe PDF format): 

  • Motivated application
  • Detailed CV where education and work history must be month and year specific.
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • A teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, teaching philosophy, and other forms of knowledge communication (please 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, if the publication has been co-authored, please briefly describe the extent of the co-authorship or your contribution to the individual joint 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. . If a publication is currently under review or accepted and is included for evaluation, documentation from the relevant journal (e.g. email correspondence, screen dumbs from publication systems etc.) must be added to the PDF.
  • A list of other qualifications relevant for the position
  • Research and publication plan for the next 3 years including fit with the research subjects mentioned above. Here, we would like to hear about your publication plans and pipeline, grant development plans, and about how you plan to consolidate or expand your  international networks. (Max 2 pages) .
  • List of referees.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English and documents should not contain a CPR number (civil registration number) – in this case, the CPR number must be crossed out.

Candidates applying for an associate 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.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the candidates to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the candidates will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns them. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete the job interviews, should such be conducted.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements may not be assessed by the committee.

Shortlisting and tests may be used as part of the assessment process.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

The application and CV must not exceed 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.