Postdoctoral Position in Art History in Collaboration with KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces

University of Copenhagen



The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK), Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position to be filled by 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The main subjects covered by the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies are cultural production and art, cultural theory, cultural history, politics and cultural dissemination. The Department conducts research and runs higher education programs from BA to PhD level.

The research at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies addresses on the one hand the individual art forms within the disciplines Art History, Visual Culture, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture, Musicology, Dance Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies, and on the other hand the mutual interactions between the art forms and their interrelations with defining tendencies in culture and society.

Further information about IKK can be found at

Job Content
The three-year fixed-term position is a collaboration between KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces and the University of Copenhagen / IKK. It is financed by the New Carlsberg Foundation in order to strengthen the museum’s research. KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces defines the postdoc project:

“Building-related art: a dynamic discipline?” The postdoc will undertake an artistic and curatorial rethinking of artistic formats within building-related art and contribute to the future-oriented development and quality assurance of this discipline.

The postdoctoral position will result in an exhibition project at the museum and an accompanying publication. The project must be carried out in close collaboration with the museum. The postdoc will have a permanent office space at KØS with periodically stays at IKK.

Qualification Requirements
In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

Candidates with practical, curatorial and theoretical knowledge of building-related art and art in public spaces will be preferred.

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Mette Sandbye, email:

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

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

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

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • 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 how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

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 Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to 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 Mathilde Lyngkvist (HR), please refer to ID number 211-0164/19-2I.

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 34,079 (EUR 4,565) 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,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. Read more here : http://ism.ku.dk and

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

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