Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in English and Danish as teaching and research languages at the University

Updated: about 2 hours ago
Deadline: 10 May 2020

The Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP), Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor in English and Danish as a teaching and research language at the university, to start on 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About CIP
CIP is a research, resource and training centre for language skills development in English and Danish for staff and students at the University of Copenhagen. As a research centre, CIP conducts research into parallel language use and how it is applied across all faculties in relation to the university’s core services. As a language training centre, CIP offers tailor-made skills development courses in English and Danish for staff and students at the University of Copenhagen, as well as carrying out certification of lecturers' English skills for teaching. In order to tailor the courses as much to participants’ needs as possible, CIP develops and administers needs analyses and diagnostic tests.  Staff from CIP also teach on some courses at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies (Engerom), the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) and the PhD school at the Faculty of Humanities. They may also teach at other PhD schools or on other courses by agreement.

Please read more about CIP: here .

Job content
The job will involve research, teaching, development work and project work. Priority will therefore be given to applicants who can document competencies and experience in these areas.

The majority of CIP's tailor-made courses are aimed at the university's Danish and international academic, technical and administrative staff, as well as students, who need to develop their English or Danish competencies in order to be able to work or study in Danish or English as a second language. These courses are based on the participants' language skills and linguistic needs, including their linguistic level and educational background, and their teaching-, publication- and/or work situation.

The successful candidate will therefore be expected to work with this method of planning courses aimed at both employees and students at the University. In addition, they will be expected to carry out language teaching at the language departments in accordance with the applicable curricula.    

CIP also participates in various joint national and international projects, focusing on evaluating, developing and researching into language policy, teaching languages used at the university, linguistics, etc. In line with this, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute with relevant experience and theoretical knowledge related to ongoing collaborative initiatives as well as setting up and running their own projects and development tasks.

CIP carries out research across a broad range of areas, and research projects will be planned according to the successful candidate’s skills and interest, the funding available, and in agreement with the Centre Director.    

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate post will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor. 

Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage: here .

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant will be able to document his/her research into the English and Danish languages, with a particular focus on language use and language skills in relevant academic genres. The applicant will be expected to teach at both BA and MA level and work together with other lecturers, incorporating the latest research and knowledge in the field. It will be an advantage if the applicant can document experience with and/or interest in developing his/her own teaching, e.g. through feedback from colleagues, students, etc.

Applicants must have theoretical knowledge of foreign language acquisition, including language teaching and learning, as well as strategies for using English for teaching purposes at the University (EMI, CLIL, etc.). In addition, applicants must possess some knowledge of academic Danish.

Applicants will also be expected to enter into dynamic partnerships with external project stakeholders and partners. Applicants who have experience of these kinds of projects will therefore be preferred. In addition, applicants should be prepared to work on attracting external funding for research and development work, preferably with stakeholders from outside the university or across the educational sector.

The position of tenure track assistant professor requires research qualifications that as a minimum correspond to satisfactorily completing a PhD programme in a relevant subject. The position is also conditional on the successful applicant following and completing the teaching and learning in higher education programme.

The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.  

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy
  • Teaching qualifications: Read more about our Educational Charter at http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/  and Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines at http://uddannelseskvalitet.ku.dk/quality-assurance-of-study-programmes/university-guidelines/pedagogic-basis-and-guidelines/
  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff 2019: h ttps://retsinformation.dk/pdfPrint.aspx?id=212083   (only in Danish).

The general expectation is that the appointed candidate will be able to teach in Danish and in English and within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students.

For further information, please contact Centre Director Anne Holmen, email [email protected] .


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The application should contain the following attachments:

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names))
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • 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). For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University Guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.

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, German or French will be accepted.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, on the advice of the Appointment Committee, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Head of Department 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.Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by email.

Further information about the application procedure is available Rusan Elmazi (HR), email: [email protected] , Please refer to ID number: 211-0053/20-2N.

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 starts at DKK 34,365 (EUR 4,600) + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension/ .

The Faculty of Humanities offers a special start-up package, read more here humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/tax/ .

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. See: nyidanmark workindenmark  and ism.ku.dk .

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

The closing date for applications is 10 May 2020 at 23:59 CEST.

Applications and supplementary material received after this date 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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