Postdoctoral Position in Ethics and Situational Crime Prevention with ROSKILDE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Communication and Arts (DCA) at Roskilde University invites applications for a postdoc position from September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The postdoc is a full-time position of 36 months. 24 months of complete research and 12 months of teaching. The purpose of the position is to study the ethical arguments

The project

The postdoc is part of the research project Situational and Ethical Crime Prevention (SITE): Ethics and reducing crime through the management and design of our environment funded by the Independent Research Fund of Denmark. The postdoctoral position is located at Roskilde University, and the successful candidate will be associated with the research group Criminal Justice Ethics, chaired by Jesper Ryberg in the Department of Communication and the Arts. The successful candidate will work closely with the project leader, Professor Thomas Søbirk Petersen, the research group as well as other external partners.

The objective of the postdoctoral part of the SITE project is to focus on a type of situational crime prevention (SCP) and to identify, clarify and systematically reconstruct and critically evaluate the arguments for and against crime. use of SCP practices that seek to exclude certain people from certain spaces. Examples of such practices are gated communities, or the exclusion from public spaces or housing of profile-based potential suspects, such as people with criminal records. Among the ethical challenges that we believe will be developed and critically discussed are, for example: (A) Whether denying access to people who have not committed a crime can be considered morally problematic because potential offenders or ex-offenders do not deserve to be treated as real offenders. (B) Banning minorities or people with criminal backgrounds, for example, from public spaces can also be seen as contrary to the right to freedom of movement. Or (C) by not allowing people to enter certain public spaces, it can be argued that one circumvents people’s agency by leaving them no opportunity to demonstrate that they will behave properly if access is allowed to them. The project will use John Rawls’ “reflective balance” methodology (Rawls 1999). The material analyzed (i.e. arguments for or against the use of CPD) will come primarily from international research literature conducted by academics in criminology, law and criminal justice ethics. Up-to-date political reports of government and NGO views on the use of PCD should also be taken into account. As part of the project, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds. In addition, the project offers the opportunity to actively participate in communication and public awareness. Finally, there will be opportunities to attend international conferences and workshops as well as participate in media and methods training.


Applicants should hold a doctorate or equivalent in the philosophical discipline of applied ethics.

The ideal candidate is an excellent researcher within the branch of moral philosophy called applied ethics. The ideal candidate should be familiar with current developments in the situational crime prevention literature.

The candidate must also:

  • Know the methodology of reflexive balance
  • Has published at least 3-4 articles in international journals.

Responsibilities and Tasks

The ideal candidate must be enterprising and have good communication skills, be visible and involved in the daily activities of the department, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department and with all partners. of the SITES project.

The candidate is expected:

  • Publish independently and collaboratively with the principal investigator in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
  • Plan and contribute to panels at relevant international and national conferences or workshops.
  • Plan and participate in research seminars and network meetings.
  • Contribute to the popular dissemination of research results
  • Be an active and present colleague within the Department of Communication and the Arts


When evaluating applicants, consideration will be given to:

  • scientific and prospective research production (including an individual research plan based on the existing project to be submitted with the application)
  • ability to work closely with research partners
  • ability to contribute to the development of internal and external cooperation of the department

We expect job interviews to take place in week 35 of 2022.


For more information on the postdoc position and for a full academic description of the project, please

contact PI Thomas Søbirk Petersen at tel. (+45) 23830238 or e-mail: [email protected]

Terms of employment

The job is full-time, 37 hours a week, and reports to acting dean Ida Willig.

The position will be filled in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and the job structure for academic staff at universities.

Application procedure

After the application deadline, the Dean will shortlist the candidates to be assessed with the assistance of the recruitment committee, including the chair of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline, all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

Pre-selected candidates will be informed of the composition of the evaluation committee and each candidate will have the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later – on their evaluation.

Once the recruitment process is complete, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position, go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Documentation of education

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)

5. A complete list of publications

6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you wish to include in the evaluation

If any of the publications you wish to include in the review are the result of a joint effort, then the extent and nature of your contribution to each individual work should be clarified in a co-author statement (find the model here)

Please submit your application no later than July 27, 2022.

Material received after this date will not be considered.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, regardless of their personal background. for and against the exclusion of people in certain neighborhoods in order to prevent delinquency.

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