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Associate professorship in European History c. 1500-1750

Associate professorship in European History c. 1500-1750

The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in European History c. 1500-1750 to be filled by 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Saxo Institute provides education and research within the fields of Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology, Ethnology, History and Greek and Latin.

Job content

Applicants must have produced research in one or several fields within European History c. 1500-1750. Emphasis will be placed on research in the history of one or several of Europe's main language areas. The applicants must document a high theoretical or methodological level in the study of important fields of social development such as religion, science, or the transmission of knowledge.

The successful applicant must be able to teach a broad topical, chronological and geographical segment of European history c. 1500-1750. In addition, the applicant must be able to teach the department's general theoretical, methodological and practical history courses.

We want to employ a person who has a talent for and an interest in cooperation and coordination among colleagues in connection with research, teaching and administration. Applicants are encouraged to account for the experience they may have with cooperation, organization and leadership inside as well as outside of academia.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in the activities of the institute and to be willing to engage in interdisciplinary and cross institutional cooperation.

The associate 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.

Qualification requirements

When appointing a candidate to the post as associate professor, we stress that the applicant must have research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successful employment as an assistant professor.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching 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. In addition, applicants with experiences and reflections on how most effectively to integrate research and teaching activities will be given priority.

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy

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


  • Documentation of administrative qualifications
  • Documentation of research management
  • Participation in networks – national and international


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 associate professors, please refer to the job structure for academic staff: http://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/education-institutions

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Anders Holm Rasmussen, e-mail: aholm@hum.ku.dk.


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 *
  • 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 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: vipadmin@hum.ku.dk

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 http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/pension/

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/

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

See : http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 15 May 2017.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.





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.


Anders Holm Rasmussen
E-mail: aholm@hum.ku.dk


Application deadline: 15-05-2017
Employment type: Fast ansættelse
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Department/Location: SAXO-Institute

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