Associate professorship in Practical Theology and Dogmatics linked to the Carnal-project on Ecological Ethics at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) seeks excellent candidates for an associate professorship in Practical Theology and Dogmatics linked to the Carnal-project on Ecological Ethics.

Position Details:

  • Duration: 2-year position
  • Start Date: 1 October 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
  • End Date: 30 September 2026
  • Location: Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

Job description
The position involves 50 % research obligations on the theme “Meat shame in an ecologized ethics: Phenomenological and empirical perspectives”, and 50% teaching and administration obligations at the section of Systematic Theology within the fields of Practical Theology and Dogmatics. 

The research will be conducted as part of as part of the research project CARNAL: Eco-Ethical Articulations of Body, Meat, and Flesh. More information about the project is available here https://veluxfoundations.dk/da/kernegruppebevillinger-2023

The central objective of the research project is to develop new conceptualizations of the relation between humanity and nature in times of ecological crises. CARNAL expands the ethical tradition of self-care and care for other humans into an ecologized ethics of care. We focus on everyday dilemmas and options for change in the areas of consumption, biodiversity, and everyday human interactions in ecological networks. CARNAL is placed at the Faculty of Theology, and its methodology aims to coordinate the fields of Anthropology and Theology.

Developing existing shame theories within the specificities of the green transition, the research project concerns social forms of meat shame at Danish folk high schools with distinct food policies. Ethical concerns may include animal welfare, the climate crisis, and the difficulty of changing habits in everyday life.  

Candidates are expected to have a background in Theology with documented competencies in teaching as well academic work on shame theories.

The candidate must be fluent in speech and writing in one of the Scandinavian languages.

Find more information for recognising merit for associate professors here:  

5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf (ku.dk)

Qualification requirements
Applicants are expected to have a PhD in theology.

Experience with individual and collaborative research applications must also be included in the application, as well as a description of the research projects the applicant wishes to develop as part of their employment.

Moreover, the applicant is expected to prove his/her competence in teaching in Practical Theology and Dogmatics linked to the Carnal-project on Ecological Ethics at the Faculty of Theology on the level of associate professors. Documentation must take the form of a pedagogical competence profile and diploma of training in university teaching, alongside proof of experience in planning and developing courses as well as supervision.

Finally, the applicant should have experience from academic counsels and boards and other efforts to strengthen the collegiate and student environment respectively.

The associate professor is expected to divide their efforts equally between teaching and research (including administration and communication). Competence in both areas is therefore essential (more information below).

Applicants are encouraged to read the university’s guidelines for pedagogical competence profiles here: https://uddannelseskvalitet.ku.dk/quality-assurance-of-study-programmes/development-initiatives/teaching-competencies/pedagogical-competence-profile/

  • Personal and professional qualifications
  • Active and original research qualifications that meet the requirements of the position.
  • Clear, diverse and well-documented experience in teaching and supervision, including the ability to teach in Danish.
  • Active and conscious effort to participate in the communal life at the university.

The University of Copenhagen has six general criteria for the employment of associate professors. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are frameworks for the assessment of the individual applicant. Furthermore, each applicant will be assessed according to the requirements stated above.

Read more about the university’s six criteria here or here.

Within a reasonable period of time (3-6 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students.

Read more about the requirements to associate professors in the notice on employment of scientific staff here.

Application
Applications must be submitted electronically via the “Apply online” link in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 10Mb.

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

The application, which must be written in Danish or English, should include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Documentation of degrees, diplomas, etc.
  • A complete and numbered list of publications. Enclosed works (max. 5) should be marked with a star *
  • Visionary and strategic research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years. Included must also be a statement of earlier efforts regarding research applications, research leadership, organisational activities, establishment of research-network etc.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching) (https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/)
  • Pedagogical competence profile providing proof of experience and competence in teaching and communication.
  • Publications. The applicant can choose up to five publications to be assessed alongside the application. A minimum three of the five must have been published within the last five years from the application deadline. The date of publication should be marked on the publication list. The chosen publications must be uploaded as enclosed documents and numbered 1-5.

If a publication has several authors or is a product of collaboration, it must be clearly marked in the document which parts the applicant has been responsible for. The faculty can, in certain cases, ask for a declaration from co-authors on the applicant’s contribution to the work.

Only material written in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, French or German will be taken into consideration.

Application procedure
Following the application deadline, the Dean will select applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants will be selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment-needs of the Faculty as described in the advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan. 

All applicants will be 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 when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.

Further information on the Faculty, see Faculty of Theology – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Niels Henrik Gregersen, phone: +45 2089 1158, e-mail: nhg@teol.ku.dk

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, refer to ID number 211-0584/24-2E #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 starts at DKK [42,200], (EUR5,600,) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad. Please see: https://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. Find more information at:
http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position, regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2024, at 23:59 CEST.

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.

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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.

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Application deadline: 15-04-2024
Employment start: 01-10-2024
Department/Location: Det Teologiske Fakultet
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