Postdoctoral fellowship in Public procurement law and Competition law

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Public procurement law and Competition law

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Public procurement law and Competition law, in the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 14, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral fellowship
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Public procurement law
    – Competition law
    – Economics
    – Social science
    SalaryDKK 412.000 / Year
    WorkplaceFaculty of Law
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period2 Years


    The position requires academic qualifications PhD, JSD or equivalent degree in law, economics or social science


    All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken). Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high quality peer-reviewed research publications

    About Research project

    The overall research project is aimed at analyzing the rules relating to Central Purchasing Bodies and explore new ways of conducting competitive procurement procedures. 

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    Central purchasing bodies conduct procurement procedures on behalf of other contracting authorities. Aggregated procurement can lead to better prices and quality for contracting authorities and ultimately for the tax payers. However, this type of purchasing have often preferences for contracts with a single supplier in order to lower transaction costs, and this puts economic operators in a position in which they need to work together in order to be able to bid for the agreement – and such cooperation can be seen as an anticompetitive agreement (Art. 101 TFEU). Other potential negative effects of aggregation are linked to excessive concentration of purchasing power and collusion, as well as a reduction of market access opportunities for SMEs. The project is divided into 4 work packages (WP1: CPB perspective, WP 2: Undertaking and market perspective, WP 3: User perspective, WP 4: Parallel agreements).

    The post.doc will become part of WP 2, which focus on competition, when contracting authorities use CPBs and create large- scale procurement. Aggregated procurement allows CPBs to exercise buyer power vis-à-vis economic operators, which may thwart the competitive process and lead to infringements of EU competition law due to abuse of a dominant purchasing position (Art 102 TFEU), or even of anticompetitive agreements (Art 101 TFEU). The focus of this research project will be competition on the supplier side, where the use of CPBs risks closing the market, in particular for SMEs, due to the difficulty of meeting the tender requirements for such large contracts. WP2 will consist of a 2 year position for a post.doc with the topic: Ensuring Supply Side Competition for CPBs agreements. The post.doc will analyse the current legal framework for utilizing joint bidding in CPBs procurement procedures, including the possibility for undertakings to enter into sub-contracts after the tender procedure. The output from the post.doc should be 4-5 articles targeted at recognised international journals.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Now mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application MUST include the following nine (9) elements:
    1. Letter of motivation (a one page document explaining the reasons for applying)

    2. Curriculum vitae

    3. Research project. Applications should include a proposal for a research project to be completed during the post-doctoral period. Proposals should be no more than four pages long. The proposal should demonstrate the capacity to develop a postdoctoral project, identifying the relevant methodological tools to achieve the outlined project. 

    4. Diplomas, PhD or JSD diploma or alternatively a document showing that the applicant submitted or will submit a dissertation  

    5. Publication list. (Complete, numbered list of publications)

    6. Teaching portfolio, including documentation for teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant’s teaching visions within the research area. For more information regarding the teaching portfolio, please see the related guidelines

    7. Academic references, if available (please upload under “other relevant material”)

    8. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than one (1) may be a monograph. Applicants, who have written a PhD or JSD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis (if the thesis is written in Danish, English, Swedish or Norwegian) and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications.

    9. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant’s share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

    In addition to the material which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material to assess the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material, should this be requested.


    The appointment is based on the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC).The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 412.000 – 434 (EUR 55,000 – 57,900 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. It is possible to negotiate further salary supplements. 


    Associate professor Carina Risvig Hamer

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    Postdoctoral position in public procurement law and competition law

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