Research assistant position: Dynamics of Theology and Medicine in 18th Century Denmark-Norway

The Church History Section of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is offering a position as research assistant commencing 1 March 2023 or as early as possible thereafter.

The position is for one year.

The work is a part of the three-year (2022-2025) research programme “Managing Melancholy: Dynamics of Theology and Medicine in 18th Century Denmark-Norway,” (hereinafter MM) funded by the VELUX Foundation’s core group programme:

MM investigates dynamics between religious developments and awareness of mental (ill)health among ordinary people in the 18th century. We use digital tools (Transkribus) to investigate comprehensive sets of material from individual court cases and relevant administrative practice. Our approach is a transdisciplinary exploration of archival sources through a combination of mapping data, phenomenological psychiatric studies and church historical in-depth source driven analysis.

For more information on the MM project, see:

Applicants can familiarize themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the faculty before submitting their application. Further information can be found here:

Job content
An overall description of the available positision is to assist psychiatrist Ralf Hemmingsen in mapping the pre-medical psychiatric nomenclature and clinical gestalt appearing in select archival material from individual court cases and investigate the concepts and vocabulary used to signify mental states in court.

Moreover, the research assistant will contribute, in close cooperation with the rest of the MM research team, to establish data sets as well as the development of digital and analytical tools to perform transdisciplinary bottom-up investigations. This part of the MM project will involve regular working sessions with participation of all team members.

Finally, the research assistant will partake in the common endeavor of the MM team, contributing, by way of discussions and input, to all parts of the project, including sub-projects, which are the main responsibility of the other team members.

The research team of MM comprises the PI (Tine Reeh), co-PI (Ralf Hemmingsen), two postdocs, two PhD fellows and one assistant professor. The place of employment will be the Church History Section at the Faculty of Theology. We offer stimulating working conditions in a dynamic research environment.

Qualification requirements
The candidate will have a master’s degree (120 ECTS) in theology, history or an equivalent degree, and master written and spoken Danish, as well as English. Knowledge of medical and/or legal history as well as skills of reading German and Latin is an advantage. Experience working with archival material as well as reading 18th century German script/Kurrent (gotic handwriting) is not a prerequisite, but willingness and capacity to acquire both is a requirement.

Additional information about the position and project can be obtained from the Principal Investigator Tine Reeh, or Ralf Hemmingsen,

Further details about the qualification requirements for research assistants can be found in The Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities from 2019 here:

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of this page.

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

  • Motivation letter
  • Documentation for the master’s degree
  • Short Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address & telephone number).

If available, the following documents should also be submitted as appendices:

  • Master’s thesis
  • Master’s thesis assessment
  • List of publications, if any

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English can be expected to 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 appointment procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-0220/22-2O.

You can read about the recruitment process here.

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 30,500 (EUR 4,100) 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

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more here:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information about working in Denmark and at UCPH here:, and

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in applying, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 18 December 2022 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received after the deadline 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.


Application deadline: 18-12-2022
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Department/Location: Det Teologiske Fakultet
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