Assistant/Associate Professorship in English Foreign Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy
University of Copenhagen Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies

Tenure-track Assistant Professorship or Associate Professorship in English Foreign Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a position as either tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor in English foreign language acquisition and language pedagogy to be filled by 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies is home to approx. 40 research staff members, 15 PhD students, 10 postdocs and 30 part time lecturers, 14 administrative staff, and 1200 students. The Department produces research of the highest international standard in language, literature and society related to Western Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada, Latin America and parts of Africa. The department offers 7-degree programmes: English Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies and International Business Communication.

The appointee will

  • Conduct research within English foreign language acquisition (FLA) and language pedagogy
  • Teach courses in FLA and foreign language pedagogy as well as other linguistic disciplines at BA and MA level and undertake examinations and administrative tasks. The Associate Professor will also be expected to teach at PhD level
  • Teach on the Master of Language Education ( and engage in other types of in-service training for language teachers
  • Supervise BA and MA students and, as Associate Professor, also PhD candidates
  • Apply for external funding in order to develop and strengthen the field of research and the department’s research environment
  • Collaborate with stakeholders from the Danish Upper Secondary School

Applicants should indicate if they apply at the assistant professor or the associate professor level.

Qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professors

The tenure-track position is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The tenure-track appointee will have to complete a teacher- training course designed especially for assistant professors.

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.

The applicant for the tenure-track assistant professor position must hold a Master’s degree in English and a PhD degree in a relevant field.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but experience with research-based teaching within the field of English foreign language acquisition and language pedagogy will be taken into account.

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

Qualification requirements for associate professors

The applicant for the associate professorship has research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved by satisfactory employment as an assistant professor or tenure-track assistant professor.

The applicant is expected to take part in managing research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors and participate in academic assessment panels.The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge- sharing). Hence the assessment of applicants’ qualifications will assign equal weight to documented competences in the field of teaching and research.

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

Requirements for positions at both levels

Six overall criteria apply for tenure-track assistant professor / associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen and constitute the framework of reference for the overall assessment of candidates. In addition to these criteria, the candidates will be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

Emphasis will be placed on the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • The successful applicant must document high-quality research in the area of English foreign language acquisition and language pedagogy through publications in international peer-reviewed journals or book series.
  • A research background in foreign language acquisition and teaching at secondary and/or tertiary level, English for academic purposes, or content and language integrated learning is an advantage.
  • The successful applicant should be able to understand the role of English and the English degree programme in the Danish educational system as well as the role that English as a foreign or second language plays in Danish society. An interest in and experience with dissemination to society at large will be an advantage.
  • Previous experience from collective research projects and from working in an interdisciplinary environment will be an advantage. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

You can read more about the UCPH criteria for the different job categories here:

According to the UCPH’s language policy, non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students within a reasonable period of time (3-6 years),

Further details about the qualification requirements for university staff can be found in the ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen, e-mail:


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 10Mb.

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

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

  • Application letter/cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with star*.
  • 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) ( application-portfolio/)
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two (for tenure-track applicants) and three (for Associate professorship applicants) 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 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 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.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: Please refer to ID number: 211-0410/22-2E #1

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). For assistant professors the salary range starts at DKK 35,600 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. For associate professors the salary range is DKK 41,400 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad. Please see:

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

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

The closing date for applications is 9 August 2022, at 23:59 [CEST]

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.


Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen


Application deadline: 09-08-2022
Employment start: 01-01-2023
Department/Location: Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk

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