CBS escalating research efforts

Skrevet af Ole Stenvinkel NilssonFelix Kasperek, translation - Foto: © Yudesign | - 11. februar 2013 - 15:260 kommentarer
CBS has been searching for academic talents – approximately 100 new lecturers and professors are to be recruited but so far, only 16 have been.

Since the end of 2010, CBS has been busy with employing new researchers, including 108 new lecturers and professors. But recruiting the right people is a slow process and many of CBS’ current professors and lecturers are approaching the age of retirement.

Unique expansion of CBS’ research staff
Over the course of 2011 and 2012, CBS has sought to expand the number of researchers employed in an unprecedented move in the history of Danish universities, including CBS’ 100 year history.

A total of 183 new scientific (VIP, from Danish VIdenskabligt Personale) positions have been distributed among CBS’ 15 departments over 4 rounds of hiring. Additionally, 45 new ph.d. stipends and 10 post.doc/research assistants has been included in the budget of 2012.

A number of the new positions are temporary adjunct positions, but 108 new permanent professor and associate professors will remain. This will be a quantitative boost, not just for CBS’ research but also for improving the relative amounts of permanent and part-time lecturers, a proportional relationship that under much political observation.

45 percent planned increase in number of researchers
At the end of 2010, CBS employed a total of 403 researchers (137 professors, 196 lecturers and 70 adjuncts). If CBS succeeds in filling all available positions with external candidates, it will increase the number of researchers to 586.

That’s the equivalent of a 45 percent increase. The number of permanent professors and associate professors employed will increase from 333 to 441, a total of 32 percent. However, nine of the openings from the first three rounds have been canceled for different reasons.

The growth is happening in all academic areas and the new positions are equally distributed among the different departments and centers.

Amount of researchers at CBS dropped in 2011

Unfortunately, the same nice development isn’t evident when looking at CBS’ key figures. When the first round was launched, on December 1st, 2010, CBS permanently employed 403 researchers.

One year later, December 1st 2011, the number had dropped to 397. The number of professors has dropped from 137 to 129 while the number of associate professors and adjuncts only rose by 1 each, to 197 and 71, respectively.

The fall was, among other things, due to offers of more attractive positions at other universities, which entails resignations or leaves of absence, typically the first step when changing jobs.

Recruiting is taking too long
The number of researchers employed per December 1st 2012 hasn’t been published yet. A preliminary count shows that, at the time of writing this, 42 new researchers have been employed, distributed on 9 professorships, 7 associate professorships and 26 temporary assistant professorships.

There’s a long way to go before reaching the target of 183 positions. Part of the reason it’s taking so long, is the substantial recruiting process.
It not unusual that it takes a year from posting the vacancy notice until the position is filled. That can, in part, be attributed to the fact that the assessment process is very time consuming and in part be attributed to the fact that additional time is needed before a candidate can be released from current contracts and, if need be, move to Denmark.

Need of generational shift increases pressure
At the same time, the clock is ticking at the other end: of the 136 professors employed at CBS per November 1st 2012, 46 of them – 34 percent – are 60 years old or older.

Associate professors boast a 19 percent ’60-or-older’ share. That’s why CBS faces a significant generational shift in the years to come. This too increases the pressure of bringing new researchers to CBS.

The planned development gives the opportunity for a unique rejuvenation and strengthening of the scientific staff’s international profile and diversity. But it has to be realized first.