Tenure-track Assistant professorship in Functional-Cognitive Linguistics, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Functional-Cognitive Linguistics starting on June 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) provides the setting for education from BA- to PhD studies within linguistics and Indo-European studies, language psychology, language technology, Danish language and literature, communication, media, and gender studies.

At NorS we do research, dissemination, and teaching in the areas of Nordic cultural heritage and in modern sociolinguistic and technological approaches to language. We work with philological disciplines such as manuscript and literature studies, with name research, language change, dialects, computational cognitive modelling, and human language technology.

Description of the position
We are looking for a functional-cognitive linguist with a research interest in grammar and semantics, for instance within the areas of language typology, language change or language acquisition. The successful applicant will have experience with both qualitative and quantitative empirical analysis of language and will have demonstrated research at a high international level.

Teaching, supervision, and examination will, for the most parts, be associated with the Linguistics programme (with the specialization in Functional-Cognitive Linguistics). However, teaching within other programmes at the department may also occur. The successful applicant will be qualified to teach courses on subjects related to syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics at the Linguistics programme at both BA and MA level, including courses on typology, semantics, pragmatics, linguistic theories and methods, and, in due time, Danish grammar.  The successful applicant will also be able to take on supervision at the BA and MA level.  

Applicants must hold 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 between tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in 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:

  1. 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.
  2. The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.
  3. Teaching qualifications. See also our Educational Charter at: Educational Charter – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
  4. Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
  5. Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH: Uni_guideline_teaching_portfolio_appointing__1_.pdf (ku.dk)

The criteria can be found here: Criteria for recognising merit – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk) and here: The criteria for assistant professors

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

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: Tenure track at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

For further details about the qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professor, please read more in the job structure for academic at the Universities: Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013 (ufm.dk)

Assessment of applicants will consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research as well as documented teaching qualifications. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

Within a reasonable period (max. 3-6 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 information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Anne Jensen, e-mail: annejensen@hum.ku.dk

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English or a Scandinavian language and must include the following:

1. Application letter/cover letter

2. Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)

3. Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).

4. Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *

5. Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organizing research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.

6. Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organization 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: Job application portfolio – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

7. 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 endeavors, 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, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the head of department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are 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, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0194/23-2N #1

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 for Assistant Professor starts at DKK 36,400 – 38,300 (EUR 4,800) 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.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad: Tax – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. Find more information at For international researchers at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

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Workindenmark: Workindenmark

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, December 19, 2023.

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.


Application deadline: 19-12-2023
Employment start: 01-06-2024
Department/Location: Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab
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