Professorships in Sociology

University of Copenhagen Department of Sociology


One or more professorships in Sociology

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) seeks excellent candidates for one or more professorships in Sociology.

The position is a permanent, full-time position and is available from 1st May 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Department of Sociology is an international department with an ambitious and friendly atmosphere comprising at present 30 faculty, 15 Post Docs, 15 Ph.D. Students, and 10 administrative staff. We pursue problem-oriented research and investigate topics such as social mobility, culture and climate change, education, social movements, health and sociology of science. We share a pronounced commitment to social theory – both classical and modern. We value qualitative and quantitative methods highly and have in recent years invested a significant amount of resources in the area of social data science. The Department is located in the very center of the old city of Copenhagen and shares a campus with the other departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Psychology with whom we have close collaborations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting world-class research and teaching. A professor also has administrative responsibilities and is expected to develop the field in synergy with other fields as well as to exercise academic leadership.

To fulfill the research requirements of the position the applicant chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department.

Duties and Responsibilities

General duties attached to the position as Professor are:

  • Personal research meeting high international standards, including responsibility for publishing, scientific communication and research-based teaching
  • Research management, initiation of research projects, supervision of Ph.D. students and international research collaboration
  • Teaching and associated examination in existing Department programmes
  • Promoting the Department’s academic reputation nationally as well as internationally
  • Initating fund raising and coordinating funding activities
  • Contributing to the administrative responsibilities of the Department of Sociology and Faculty wide tasks
  • Communicating research findings to the public in general and to the stakeholders of the Department of Sociology and Faculty of Social Science in particular
  • Active participation in regular research activities such as conferences, workshops and seminars

Your Competencies and Opportunities

In order to be assessed qualified for a professor position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University’s criteria of academic merit. See example at the end of the advertisement. 

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the criteria for recognising merit for professors here:

A successful candidate is an internationally recognised scholar in their field of expertise. Their research is influential internationally and contributes to the development of their own as well as adjacent research areas.

A successful candidate has strong interpersonal skills as well as an aptitude for working collaboratively with colleagues in planning and delivering teaching, in research projects and in the discharge of administrative duties.

Furthermore, the candidate must demonstrate solid teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level and a commitment to student learning, supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences

The Department of Sociology is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is an ambitious and friendly academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact 

For more on the Faculty strategy, see: You can read the Department’s strategy here:

Terms of Employment

  • Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the Department concerned.
  • The position is permanent, and therefore we strongly encourage the appointed professor to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 3-6 years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language training
  • Further information on qualification requirements as professor can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here:
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary is DKK 53,004.79 per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. 

The recruitment process

Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

An Equal Opportunity Workplace

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see

International applicant?

The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:

Contact information

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-0044/21-2P #1

Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department Benedikte Brincker, e-mail:, phone +45 35321415

How to Apply

Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply.

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates and Diplomas
  • Publications. The 10 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 10.
  • Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with * on the list to be assessed.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
  • Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.

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 specified. The hiring committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution

The closing date for applications is 23:59 [CET] 15 November 2021

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.


Criteria for appointment of professors at UCPH

You must meet these academic criteria in order to be assessed as qualified as professor at The University of Copenhagen.

The criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The assessment is based on these criteria guided by the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement and the material submitted by the applicant.

The assessment committee’s assessments will be given in text form as an overall assessment within six main criteria areas. The criteria will be viewed as a framework for an overall assessment of whether the candidate is qualified for the position in relation to the job advertisement rather than as absolute criteria, which the applicant must meet in each case.


Professors are internationally recognised researchers in their fields of expertise. Their research is influential and contributes to the development of their own subject area as well as more broadly.

  • An excellent research profile with leading international expertise in the subject area
  • An articulated vision and strategy for their subject area, also covering ties to adjacent areas
  • Significant influence on the subject area via many peer-reviewed publications across recognised journals and/or books or anthologies
  • Significant research impact through high research quality and/or many citations in recognised journals and/or books or anthologies
  • Participation in national and international scientific networks and conferences, including invitations to present research


Professors provide research-based teaching of the highest quality in one or more disciplines and contribute to developing, organising and evaluating courses on all levels.

  • Extensive teaching experience, including examination work and acting as opponent of PhD theses or doctoral theses
  • Experience of supervising bachelor students, master's degree students, PhD students and/or postdocs
  • A teaching portfolio that documents teaching experience and reflections on teaching skills
  • Ongoing development of pedagogical and didactic skills, including own and others’ practice in relation to teaching and supervision
  • Interest in including feedback from colleagues, students and others in the development of own teaching as well as mentoring of colleagues with the aim of developing their teaching practice

Societal impact

Professors interact with external partners and seek out new collaborations, communicate and generate knowledge that greatly benefits societal developments, e.g. by influencing the public debate within their field of research.

  • Considerable experience of communicating research to relevant stakeholders, including students
  • Frequent contributions to popular science communication
  • Strategic collaboration with private and/or public organisations and a significant network of external stakeholders

Organisational contribution

Professors take responsibility for developing an active academic environment, sit on assessment committees, councils, boards and committees at UCPH and contribute to enhancing the University’s brand.

  • Membership of the department's formal forums, working groups and assessment committees and interest in joining councils, boards and committees at UCPH.
  • A collegiate spirit and commitment to collaboration as well as strong relationship and conflict resolution skills
  • Development and management of interdisciplinary collaborations

External funding

Professors initiate grant application activities regarding research funds and obtain and manage funds.

  • Experience of applying for, obtaining and managing research funds


Professors develop the subject area in synergy with other subject areas and exercise academic leadership, including the development of and delegation of responsibilities to junior researchers.

  • Experience of developing own academic leadership skills
  • Experience of academic leadership tasks, e.g. research, course or programme management
  • Responsibility for and contribution to well-being, collaboration, equal treatment, diversity and a good working environment

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: 15-11-2021
Employment start: 01-05-2022
Department/Location: Sociologisk Institut

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