Tenure-track assistant professorship in Rhetoric
University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities

Tenure-track assistant professorship in Rhetoric


The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Rhetoric to be filled by 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication (http://mcc.ku.dk) offers research-driven educational programmes in Film and Media Studies, Communication and IT, Philosophy, Education and Rhetoric. The Department focuses on the fundamental aspects of human cognition and communication as they are manifested in various institutions and media, and in various historical and social contexts.


The associate professorship will be affiliated with the Department’s Section of Rhetoric (http://mcc.ku.dk/research/rhetoric/)


Job content


The position involves research and research-based teaching in rhetoric as well as administration and management according to current standard requirements at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.


The assistant professor is expected to conduct excellent research and to contribute actively to the development of a collective research environment. The job description further includes development, planning and administration of the BA and MA programmes in Rhetoric as well as teaching within central areas in these programmes. At the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, teaching excellence has a high priority and we are striving for synergy between education and research. The assistant professor is expected to contribute actively to this agenda as well as to the general quality development of our educational programmes. 


The general expectation is that the appointed candidate will be able to teach in Danish and in English. 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 to interact in Danish with colleagues and students.


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: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/

Qualification requirements


The candidate should have a research and teaching profile in Rhetoric. The research and teaching in rhetoric at the Section of Rhetoric encompass historical, text critical, didactic and practical (oral and written) approaches in areas such as political, visual, aesthetic, digital, argumentative, journalistic and professional communication practices.


The vacant position is open for applicants who have documented experience with rhetorical analysis or rhetorical didactics and documented research experience in one or more areas of the broad field of rhetorical topics listed above.


The ideal candidate will have an excellent research record or outstanding research potential in, or with a clear relevance for, one or more of the areas in listed above. Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.


Experience in developing and improving teaching methods and development of curricula and study programs will be considered an advantage. Similarly, experience and competences in interdisciplinary collaboration will be considered an advantage. Finally, the ideal candidate has experience with securing, or a potential to secure, external funding in mono-disciplinary as well as cross-disciplinary settings.


The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).


Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:

  • 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 scholarly record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy

  • Teaching qualifications. See also our Educational Charter at http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/ 


  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, professional organizations, or the media

  • Documented administrative qualifications


Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.


Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.


For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff http://ufm.dk/lovstof/gaeldende-love-og-regler/uddannelsesinstitutioner/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf


For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Maja Horst, e-mail: horst@hum.ku.dk.




Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.


Please note that each field in the application form must contain a single file of max. 20Mb.


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


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

  • 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 conferences, etc.

  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).

  • 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 English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish will be assessed.


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


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 offered the opportunity to comment 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 from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail: vipadmin@hum.ku.dk.


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 32,000 (EUR 4,267) + 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 http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/pension/


A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/


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


See : http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm


and https://www.workindenmark.dk/


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


The closing date for applications is 15 June, 23:59 CEST, 2017.


Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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