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Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy invites applications for a PhD position in responsible tax law at CBS LAW.

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Taxation strongly influences the society as a whole as well as its individual actors, such as businesses. In other words, if appropriately used, taxation is a strong tool in trying to push necessary societal transformations. In recent years, more demand has been put for research in responsible tax, which is the idea that tax, rather than pure compliance with law, also should be approached from the viewpoint of all stakeholders and the role it plays in society.

By announcing a PhD position in tax law, the Department wishes to strengthen its research capacity within this legal field. The candidate should have a relevant academic background in law, commercial law or auditing and should have strong analytical and legal dogmatic skills. It will be considered an advantage if the candidate already has knowledge on Danish tax law and the Danish language. We seek research proposals addressing one or several of the following themes:

  • Tax law as a tool to steer the green transformation
  • Tax law and corporate social responsibility (responsible tax)
  • Danish tax law
  • International tax law
  • Comparative tax law
  • EU tax law

CBS LAW is internationally recognised for the excellence in law scholarship and for an interdisciplinary, proactive and dynamic research perspective within law in Northern Europe. CBS LAW concentrates on providing unique research relevant for the Danish business community, public sector, and society in general and engages in research firmly grounded in business and societal problems. Our perspective is both Nordic, EU and global and is based not only on traditional law disciplines but also on a unique interface between law, management, entrepreneurship, economics and policymaking.

Further info about CBS LAW: https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/cbs-law. Information about the Department may be found at https://www.cbs.dk/mpp.

We invite applications in any area which fits the description above and can be supervised within it (by two members of faculty).

The three-year PhD program at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The program is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD program,


It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment. CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and businesses where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programs. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

The planned starting date for the positions is on 1 September 2021 but may be agreed upon individually.

For further information please contact: Director of CBS LAW, Professor wsr Andrej Savin, as.law@cbs.dk.

General information

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent to ½ year’s work (624 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting at circa DKK 24.480 (app. 3,284 euro) per month up to DKK 29.829,76 (app. 4,000 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85% of the base salary. The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

CBS welcomes applications that include an element of co-financing, which could for instance be in the shape of a partnership with one or several private or public organisations sharing an interest in the topic – in the spirit of the Danish Industrial PhD scheme. It should, however, be stressed that co-financing is not a requirement. Successful applications are solely selected based on the excellence and relevance of the proposals submitted and the qualifications and potential of the applicants.

The PhD student will be enrolled at CBS PhD School: https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes/cbs-phd-school

To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process).

An educational background in law is necessary
. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing a PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.


The application must include:

  • A project description (5 pages). This research proposal should contain:
    • a presentation of an original research question
    • a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology
    • a presentation of the suggested empirical material
    • a work-plan in form of a Gantt Chart
    • a very brief outline of how the project would fit in with the core areas of the Department
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A list of publications
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis)
  • Documentation of English language skills (if English is not mother tongue)

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two, possibly five or more applicants per scholarship. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline. Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

A committee of experts in the field in question will assess the applications. The assessment of the applicants will be based on the quality and relevance of the project, including an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to accomplish it. Following this assessment, the management of the Department will make a final selection of candidates. Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Program at http://uk.cbs.dk/phd.

Closing date

Application must be submitted no later than June 1, 2021 via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below. Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the Department are available at: http://www.cbs.dk.

Application deadline: 01 Jun 2021

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