Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in China Studies (Contemporary Chinese Culture) University of Copenhagen, Department of Multicultural and Regional Studies Denmark

Tenure-track assistant professorship in China Studies (contemporary Chinese culture)


The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in China Studies (contemporary Chinese culture) to be filled by August 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  


The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is concerned with those cultures, languages, religions and societies that lie outside Western Europe and North America. Information about the department may be found at http://tors.ku.dk/.  


China Studies is a language based area studies program with disciplinary focus within history, culture, politics, and society. It offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees. The focus is on modern Chinese language instruction, but classical Chinese is also taught.  


Job content  


The successful applicant will be expected to pursue and produce research in her/his own discipline as well as in cross-disciplinary projects. The candidate will also teach both Chinese language and content courses and to work in collaboration with the other members of the China Studies Group to further develop China Studies at the University of Copenhagen and contribute to its international recognition in research and teaching.  


It is anticipated that the candidate will take an active role in developing and implementing cross-disciplinary courses within the framework of the University of Copenhagen´s Asian Dynamics Initiative (see http://asiandynamics.ku.dk/english/about_adi/research_themes/) and contribute to the activities of the cross-university China initiative, ThinkChina.dk .  


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



Qualification requirements  

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Chinese/China studies or a relevant discipline and have a record of original research based on Chinese language materials focusing on contemporary Chinese culture in any of, or preferably a combination of several of the following fields: literature, film (motion pictures and/or documentaries), popular culture, art, new media, TV, or social media.  


Candidates must demonstrate native or near-native fluency in Chinese with excellent communication, reading and writing skills in both Chinese and English; possess the ability to teach Chinese language courses as well as content courses in their own field at all levels (BA and MA). Training and experience with multi-media and using technology in foreign language instruction is desired. Experience with teaching of classical Chinese will be considered an asset. Knowledge of other East Asian civilizations and/or a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching would be an advantage.  


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 scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.  

  • Teaching qualifications. Read more information here http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/   

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


         Read more about Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines here:  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  


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.  


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 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 Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail: it@hum.ku.dk.  




Please click on the “Apply now” icon on the page.  


The application must be written in 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 congresses, 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.  


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 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 from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail: hum-jur-teo@hrsc.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 34,000 (EUR 4,5685) + 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, read more here.  

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark here, and at UCPH here. International Staff Mobility can also provide you with more information here.  

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

The closing date for applications is 1 February 2018, 23:59 CET.  


Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.  

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