Assistant Professor of Psychology of Language
University of Copenhagen Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistic

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Psychology of Language

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship to be filled by January, 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) provides the setting for international research and education from BA- to PhD studies within linguistics and language technology, literature, media, culture and gender studies. At NorS we do research, dissemination and teaching in the areas of Nordic cultural heritage and in modern sociolinguistic and technological approaches to language. We work with a range of disciplines such as manuscript and literature studies, name research, language change, language psychology, computational cognitive modelling and human language technology. Read more about the department at:

Job content

The position entails teaching and research tasks related to psychology of language. This also includes communication and administration. Additionally, the position will involve the making of contributions to the development of psychology of language field, both in terms of research and education.

The applicant must document detailed knowledge about psychology of language as defined by the integration of linguistic and psychological perspectives. The applicant must also document considerable research – and if possible also teaching - experience within psychology of language. Particularly welcome are applications which present research plans that display judicious ways to help solve urgent societal problems and also present teaching plans that aim to support students’ acquisition of relevant professional competences. 

Teaching, guidance, and examination tasks will foremost be affiliated with the master’s programme psychology of language. However, teaching tasks across the different educational programmes of the department may occur. 

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:

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold 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 duties of the position are evenly distributed between 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 qualification

  • Strong international publications 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. See also our Educational Charter at
  • 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
  • Good collegial and social competences
  • Excellent language proficiency, written and oral.

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

For further details about the qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professor, please read more in the job structure for academic at the Universities: staff: (only in Danish).
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, Anne Jensen, e-mail:


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.
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Please write in your application which position you are applying
The application must be written in 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 *
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organizing research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Documentation of teaching and dissemination experience
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organization 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 :
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least three 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 named 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 endeavors, 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, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the head of department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are 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 e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, att: Mette Christensen, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 211-0063/20-2N.

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 38,800 (EUR 5,206) per month + 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:

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

The Faculty of Humanities offers a special start-up package, read more here

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

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST, August 1st 2020.

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.


Application deadline: 01-08-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab

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