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Associate Professorship(s) in Social Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for one or more positions as Associate Professor in Social Anthropology. The position(s) is/are available from August 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen is one of Europe's largest anthropological research institutions, with a research and teaching staff of about 30, approximately 600 students at the BA and MA levels and approximately 30 PhD students. In addition to the BA and MSc in Anthropology, the department also contributes to two cross disciplinary MSc programs in Global Development and Global Health.


The Department of Anthropology has a strong international research profile and a vibrant and dynamic research and teaching environment. The new Associate Professor(s) is/are expected to contribute actively to this.




Appointment as Associate Professor requires research and teaching qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as assistant professor or equivalent.


  • Applicants should have a PhD or an equivalent degree in social anthropology; have solid teaching and supervision competencies at university level as well as an excellent publication record. Furthermore, extensive fieldwork-based research, demonstrating a variety of research methods and forms of analysis, is required, as fieldwork is the cornerstone of the department's teaching and research. The applicant must be able to engage in an interdisciplinary research and teaching environment. We are interested in strengthening our broad research and teaching profile and the position(s) is/are open to all applicants with a firm foundation in social anthropology. The Department strives to nurture a pluralistic research and teaching profile at the cutting edge of international developments in the discipline. We particularly welcome applicants with expertise within (but not exclusively) the following themes/regions: mobility and migration, nature and environmental/climate change, economic anthropology, the Middle East, North- and South America. 



Job description
General duties attached to the position as Associate Professor include:


General duties attached to the position as Associate Professor are:

  • Research within the field of social anthropology
  • Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate, post-graduate  and Ph.D students
  • Administrative tasks related to the position as associate professor
  • Knowledge sharing with the rest of the society
  • Research and teaching management
  • Fundraising



For additional information about associate professorships, see: “Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013”, which is found at: http://ufm.dk/lovstof/gaeldende-love-og-regler/uddannelsesinstitutioner/filer/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf

(Associate Professorships, see 3.1.A).


Conditions of employment

Terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary as Associate Professor is currently DDK 449,700 (EUR 60,500 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to the pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited from abroad, see http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/taxes/



Applications must be written in English and must include the following information and documentation:


  • A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background, including a record of research and international
    research cooperation.

  • A complete and numbered list of publications.

  • The publications enclosed in the application:

    maximum 6 publications– that the applicant wishes the assessment committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Documentation of experience with leadership and managing research and teaching.

  • Teaching portfolio in accordance with the Faculty’s rules: http://socialsciences.ku.dk/faculty/publications/teaching_portfolio/

  • Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society at large.


    If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of joint work, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual publication must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.


    Application procedure

    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk


    The terms of reference of the appointment process include that interviews may be held.


    The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in the positions to apply, regardless of personal background. 

    Additional information can be obtained from the Head of Department, Helle Samuelsen, phone (+ 45) 35 32 78 77, e-mail: H.Samuelsen@anthro.ku.dk . Information about the Department can be found at http://anthropology.ku.dk


    The deadline for applications, including enclosures is 13. April 2017, at 12:00 PM Danish time.


    Please note:

  • Only one document can be uploaded per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that the documents are scanned and collected in one file.

  • Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

  • Applications sent by regular mail will not be accepted.


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.


Helle Samuelsen


Ansøgningsfrist: 13-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Fast ansættelse
Ansættelsesdato: 01-08-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Anthropology

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