Associate professor in contemporary anglophone literature
University of Southern Denmark, Department for the Study of Culture

Associate professor in contemporary anglophone literature


The Department for the Study of Culture in the faculty of the Humanities at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, invites applications for a full-time tenured associate professorship in contemporary anglophone literature with an emphasis on the uses and social dimensions of literature, starting January 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The position entails research, teaching in anglophone literature in the English study programme and associated study programmes as well as supervision and administration. 

Successful applicants must have a PhD in the field of contemporary anglophone literary studies ideally with an emphasis on the social uses of literature; a track record of excellent peer reviewed publications (published or accepted for publication) in relevant and high ranked international outlets; a realistic approximate 5-year-plan for future, original path-breaking research within the field of the uses and social dimensions of literature as well as plans to secure external funding for such a project; documented and proven excellence in teaching in anglophone literature across periods, as well as participation in developing actual literature teaching both at BA and MA level and knowledge and ambitions to contribute to research in university didactics; documented efforts at achieving and new ideas and ambitions for seeking societal impact of research and teaching. 

The ideal candidate is both strong as individual scholar and has a track record of participating in and adding value to research groups and environments. 

If the successful applicant has not documented teaching experience corresponding to assistant professor level, the applicant will be employed on trial for the first 18 months. Appointment to this position may also include teaching obligations in regard to related degree programmes. 

Further information is available from the Head of Department Per Krogh Hansen at phone +45 6550 1451, email: or Professor Peter Simonsen at phone +45 6550 3409, email:  

Application, salary and conditions of employment, etc. The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).

An application must include: 

  • Application letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Diplomas/Certificates (MA and PhD degree)

  • Research plan

  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)

  • List of publications indicating the publications attached

  • A maximum of 6 of the most relevant publications (PhD dissertation, published as well as accepted and forthcoming work) since 2010. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.

    • If the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf

Applicants for an associate professorship at the Faculty of Humanities are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more here. 


Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.  We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.


Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.


The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.


If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.


Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be assessed.


Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying. 


We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU. 

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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