Two-Year Associate Professorship in English language
University of Copenhagen, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Two-year associate professorship in English language


The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a two-year associate professorship in English language to be filled by 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by money from the Giese foundation.


Job content

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies teaches and conducts research into language, literature and society in Western Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada, Latin America and parts of Africa. The Department is a dynamic environment with a high level of personal interaction and a wide range of functions. It currently employs approx. 120 members of staff.


The purpose of the temporary associate professorship is to strengthen the teaching of English language at UCPH, more specifically at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies. English language is to be understood in the broad sense of including language proficiency and applied linguistics as well as general linguistics and translation studies. The appointee will be expected to develop and conduct teaching activities (for example courses, seminars, workshops, webinars, e-learning resources etc.) within modern English language/linguistics, if possible as part of a combined teaching and research project.


The proposed teaching activities should supplement – not replace – the courses in English language that are already offered to students as part of the department’s regular BA and MA programmes. This should be understood either as activities that are not directly part of these programmes (i.e. as activities that do not earn ECTS) or as novel approaches to courses in the department’s programmes. Priority will be given to applicants whose teaching and research ideas (see below) will benefit not just the current students but also future students, for example through the development of new activities or novel teaching methods.


Qualification requirements

The successful applicant must document research in modern English language/linguistics. We particularly welcome applicants who take an applied or contrastive (Danish-English) approach to English language.


Applicants for associate professorships must have qualifications corresponding to at least the level attained on successful completion of an assistant professorship. They must be able to document the following:

• A minimum of four peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, at least one of them at level two; or a monograph as well as two articles, at least one of them at level two; or similar publications

• Advanced teaching qualifications: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme (or equivalent experience) and a teaching portfolio that documents varied pedagogical/didactic practice (both class instruction and individual or collective supervision) See also Educational Charter at

• Well thought-out plans outlining the proposed teaching and research projects. The research plans must include considerations concerning external dissemination. The teaching and development plans must include considerations concerning how the proposal will benefit the teaching of English language (for current and future students).

• Participation in relevant and strong Danish and international academic networks, preferably in both research and teaching.

• Good citizenship: interest in and commitment to the maintenance and enhancement of a collegiate community and an academic environment in which approaches to educational questions, the development of research and external contacts are based on solidarity.


All of the above-mentioned criteria must be met.


The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and development 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, pedagogy and didactics as in the field of research, research collaboration and research organization. Applicants with documentation of excellent teaching skills including experience with development of teaching and with experiences and reflections on how most effectively to integrate research and teaching activities will be given priority.


For further details about the qualification requirements for associate professors, please refer to the job structure for academic staff:

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Tina Lupton, e-mail:



Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

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
• CV
• Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
• Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *
• Project plan outlining both research and teaching/development activities. The plan should motivate how the proposed project and the proposed activities will benefit the teaching of English language and linguistics at UCPH.
• 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 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 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 e-mail.


Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail:


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 38,000 (EUR 5,067) + 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,


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


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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST, 24 June 2019.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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