Tenure-track assistant professorship in transdisciplinary art studies

University of Copenhagen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies


Tenure-track assistant professorship in transdisciplinary art studies


The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a position as tenure-track assistant professor in transdisciplinary art studies to be filled by 1 February 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 and cultural dissemination. The Department conducts research and runs higher education programs from BA to PhD level. Further information about the department can be found at www.artsandculturalstudies.ku.dk


Job content

The tenure-track assistant professor will be affiliated to the New Carlsberg Foundation research centre “Art as Forum.” The candidate is expected to conduct individual research that addresses core research questions within the thematic framework of the centre, and will hold a central role in the planning and organisation of research and outreach activities in tandem with the centre director. More information about the centre can be found here


Teaching, examination, and student supervision will take place at BA and MA levels in one or more of the Department’s 6 study programs, dependent on the profile of the candidate. In general, the Department emphasizes that applicants should be capable of assuming research and teaching tasks across the different sections of the Department.


A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate post will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.  


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. 


Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH here: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/


Qualification requirements
The applicant should hold a PhD in the field of art studies (literature, art, history, aesthetics, performance studies, musicology, architecture, etc.) and have solid theoretical and analytic competences. The research plan should address central issues pertaining to the conceptualization and understanding of art and communality in historical, analytical and theoretical light in line with the research profile of the centre.


The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).


Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications: 

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. 

  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.  

  • Teaching qualifications. Read more information here: http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/ Read more about Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines here: http://uddannelseskvalitet.ku.dk/quality-assurance-of-study-programmes/university-guidelines/pedagogic-basis-and-guidelines/

  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics 

  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing academic staff at the UCPH http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/


Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact. 


Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.  


Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students. 


For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff http://ufm.dk/lovstof/gaeldende-love-og-regler/uddannelsesinstitutioner/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf


For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Mette Sandbye, e-mail: sandbye@hum.ku.dk


Please click on the “Apply now” icon on the page. 

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

  • Application letter/cover letter 

  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names))

  • 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 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). For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University Guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/

  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed 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 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 email. 


Further information about the application procedure is available from academic officer Mathilde Lyngkvist e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0054/19-2A .


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 4,570) 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 https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension


The Faculty of Humanities offers a special start-up package, read more here https://humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/


A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more here https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension


If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark. See https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GB, https://www.workindenmark.dk and https://ism.ku.dk


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

The closing date for applications is 5 November 2019, 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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