Professorship in Archaeology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15 Feb 2023

The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a professorship in the field of Archaeology to be filled by 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Position description
The Saxo Institute seeks outstanding candidates to fill a position in Archaeology at full professorial level. Applicants must be able to document an extensive profile of research publications at an international level, as well as a proven track record of research innovation. While applicants who can contribute to the teaching demands of the Saxo Institute’s BA and MA programs will be particularly welcomed (see ), the position is also open to areas of specialization that would enhance and develop the Institute’s educational profile in new directions. Applicants with a strong public outreach profile and a keen interest in how archaeological practices influence contemporary perceptions of the past are also encouraged to apply.

In addition to teaching and research obligations at the Saxo Institute, the successful applicant will be expected to play a leading role in the UCPH School of Archaeology ( ). This is a newly established coordinating body designed to link the widely dispersed archaeological disciplines at UCPH, combining the talents and expertise of five departments to forge a shared identity, strengthen cross-faculty collaboration, and enhance the standing of the discipline both within and outside the university. The successful applicant will join the cross-faculty Steering Committee, consisting of representatives from the Humanities, Theology and Natural and Medical Sciences.

In the application letter, applicants should describe their vision for the future development of the archaeological disciplines at UCPH, including a strategy for strengthening the cohesion of diverse archaeological research traditions rooted in Humanities, Natural Science, and Social Science methods and approaches.

The Saxo Institute is dedicated to the study of human societies past and present, with degree programs ranging from History to Ethnology, Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classical Languages and Migration Studies. With some 1400 students and 120 academic staff, the Institute offers a variety of research and library facilities, servicing a vibrant community of tenured scholars, graduate students, visiting researchers and externally funded projects. The institute also hosts a range of leading research centres and externally funded research projects.

Read more about the Saxo Institute at:   

Qualification requirements
The professor is expected to take part in all the activities of the Institute, including examinations and administration as well as manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, and sit on academic assessment panels.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed between teaching and research related tasks (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Hence the assessment of applicants’ qualifications will assign equal weight to teaching, pedagogy and curriculum development, on the one hand, and research, research collaboration and research management on the other.

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH:

Six overall criteria apply for professorial appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) provide a framework for theoverall assessment of candidates. You can read more about the UCPH criteria here:

Find more information for recognising merit for professors here:

Within a period of 3-6 years, non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students.

Further details about the qualification requirements can be found in the ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here (in Danish):

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Institute, Professor Stuart Ward, e-mail:

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application can be written in Danish or English and must include the following:

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with a star*
  • 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.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching)  ( )
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of seven publications for assessment, of which at least five 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 labelled from 1 to 7.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, and German will be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available fromHR, email: . Please refer to ID number 211-0193/22-2K #1

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range for professors is DKK 54,000 per month, (EUR 7,200) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. Find more information at:

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2023 at 23:59 CET

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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