Saturday, 11 February 2012

Assistant Professorship(s) in Ethnology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The SAXO Institute, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark invites applications for one or two positions as Assistant Professor in Ethnology. The position(s) is/are available from August 1, 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job content
An assistant professorship is a three-year, fixed-term academic position involving research and teaching. The successful applicant must have research qualifications on at least Ph.D. level. The person appointed to the post will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching devised especially for assistant professors, and is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

At the end of the three-year period, provided the appropriate funding is secured, a post as associate professor will be advertised for which the assistant professor may apply.

Qualification requirements
The temporary 3-year position is open for applicants qualified to perform research related to cultural history, cultural theory and / or cultural analysis. Applicants must document research in one or more of the following areas: museology and "use of history", climate / sustainability, Europe and globalization. Applicants with an international dimension in their research will be preferred.

Further emphasis will be placed on applicants´ ability to demonstrate originality as well as theoretical and methodological reflexivity. Furthermore, it is desirable that applicants have participated in or organized research collaboration, preferably as international cooperation.

Candidates will be responsible for course planning and teaching at bachelor and master level classes, including cultural theory; cultural analysis; European cultural history; museology; archive studies and/or fieldwork. Candidates are also expected to teach in English in the master program, Master of Applied Cultural Analysis (in collaboration with Lund University).

Successful candidates must participate in various activities on a daily basis in the Ethnology Section and at the SAXO Institute generally.

For further information about the position please contact Tine Damsholt, Temporated Appointed Director of Institute (

The following professional qualifications and personal competences are furthermore required:
Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and the academic output.

The applicant´s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the advertisement for the position.

Teaching qualifications.
Administrative qualifications.
Non-Danish speakers must acquire the necessary knowledge of Danish within a maximum of 2 years.

For further details about the qualification requirements, please refer to Circular no. 9427 of 13 June 2007 concerning the job structure for academic staff

The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please click on the "Apply online" icon at the bottom of the page.
Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

The application must include the following enclosures:
Application letter/cover letter
Appendix 1: CV
Appendix 2: Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
Appendix 3: Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *
Appendix 4: Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses etc.
Appendix 5: Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).
Appendix 6: Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment, of which at least two of the selected works must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and numbered from 1-3.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean will set up an expert assessment committee to evaluate applicants specifically in relation to the advertised position. The applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each candidate will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalised. Please refer to ministerial order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 concerning the appointment of academic staff at universities ministerial order

Further information about the procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, tel.: +45 35 32 80 87 or e-mail:

Salary and conditions of employment
The post will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

All applicants are encouraged to apply, irrespective of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59, 15 February 2012 CET.

Please quote reference number 211-0497/11-4550 in your application letter.

Deadline: 15-02-2012

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