Tenure-track assistant professorship in History of Religions – Religions in Historical Time, University of Copenhagen (Danemark) — LIMITE : 01/10/2015

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in History of Religions to be filled by 1 August 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the Department: http://ccrs.ku.dk/about/

Job content

The tenure track is offered in the field of the History of Religions. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of religion in its historical context: for instance modes of religious expression in text, image and practice and their roles in processes of historical change. As Islamic Studies are currently well represented at the department applicants should preferably demonstrate other areas of competence.

It is particularly important that the applicant have a command of the language(s) relevant to his/her particular research and is thus able to conduct contextually well-grounded analyses. Moreover the research should document originality, innovative academic approaches as well as familiarity with the methods and theoretical reflections of the discipline of Religious Studies.

The successful applicant should be able to teach the modules History of Religions 1 and 2,ToRS Common Course – Science and Theory of Science and Individually Studied Area within the B.A. curriculum as well as modules within the M.A. curriculum (with the exception of Philosophy of Religion). The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of these courses.

The successful applicant must be able to supervise PhD students.

The position also involves outreach activities as well as a certain number of administrative duties.

The tenure-track assistant professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration, and also to manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors and participate in academic assessment panels.

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 at this homepage: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.

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. See also our Educational Charter at http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/
  • 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

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 Ingolf Thuesen, email: i-leder.tors@hum.ku.dk.

Application

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 contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of 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 e-mail address and telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • List of referees/reference letters
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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 email.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, email: vipadmin@hum.ku.dk.

Salary and conditions of employment

The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis. Compensation packages comprising a relocation bonus for international scholars and a special tax scheme Erreur ! Référence de lien hypertexte non valide.

As a tenure-track assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities you are offered a Start-up Package. See more at http://humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on what it is like working in Denmark before you apply for a position at the UCPH. See:Erreur ! Référence de lien hypertexte non valide.http://workingconditions.ku.dk/ and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

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

The closing date for applications is 1 October 2015, 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


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