Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Anglophone Literature University of Copenhagen, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies Denmark

Tenure-track assistant professor in anglophone literature

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in anglophone literature with special focus on canonical texts to be filled by 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. We are seeking an applicant with a research profile of considerable breadth as well as specialised interests within the field of anglophone literature.  


More information about the department can be found here.  


Job content  

This position encompasses research, teaching and supervision in anglophone literature from the Middle Ages to the present.  

The appointee will  

  • teach survey courses of English literature, as well as other introductory literary courses.  

  • teach specialised electives at BA and MA level.  

  • supervise BA and MA theses.  

  • collaborate with departmental colleagues in research and teaching.  

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving research and teaching. The person appointed to the post will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching designed especially for assistant professors and will be expected to take part in departmental activities, including examining and administrative tasks.  


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.  


Applicants can read about the tenure-track program at the University of Copenhagen here.  


Qualification requirements  

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.  


The successful applicant should be able to document research at an international level in English-language literature.  


It is considered an advantage if the applicant can document an interest in canonical literature from Chaucer onwards. Applicants may be preferred who can demonstrate how to teach canonical literature in an interesting way.  


The duties of the position are evenly distributed between teaching and research (including relevant administration). Documented competence in both of these fields of activity will be weighed 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 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. See our Educational Charter here. 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.  

  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, and engagement with the wider public, the media and the wider public.  

  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications.  

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


Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally recognised 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 at Universities 2013.  


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 about the position, please contact Head of Department, Jørn Boisen, e-mail: jbois@hum.ku.dk  



Submit your application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.  


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 English and must include the following enclosures:  

  • Application letter/cover letter  

  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s e-mail address and telephone number)  

  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).  

  • List of referees/reference letters  

  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.  

  • 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.  

  •  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).  

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.  


Appointment procedure  

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be 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 informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.  


Further information about the application procedure is available from HR academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID10388.  


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 33,600 (EUR 4,5610) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements.  

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 here. 


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 what it is like working in Denmark before you apply for a position at the UCPH. See: http://ism.ku.dk/ , https://workingconditions.ku.dk/ and https://www.workindenmark.dk/ 


The Faculty of Humanities offers a start-up package. The package aims at giving a boost to especially your first years as a tenure-track assistant professor, more information can be found here.


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


The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 27 October 2018.  


Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.  

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