Two Assistant Professor Positions (Tenure-Track) in New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for two (2) tenure-track Assistant Professor Positions in New Testament Studies to be filled by 1 January, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate 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 tenure-track 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 Copenhagen University here: https://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.

The Section for Biblical Studies seeks to appoint two new faculty members at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track). For one position, we seek specialization in the field of emotions within early Christian writings; for the second position, the call is open to all aspects of New Testament and early Christian studies.

The ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • an active research agenda,
  • a high level of the implied language skills,
  • methodological sophistication and commitment to collaboration,
  • a potential for research leadership, including grant application, and
  • a capacity to teach courses related to the curriculum of New Testament Studies.

The positions involve commitment to take an active part in the faculty’s research environment and research-based teaching, including examination and supervision related to the theology programmes at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, open programmes, and any new areas of study. They also involve taking part in activities related to securing funding for and managing research projects, providing pedagogical supervision, and participating in academic assessments.

The candidates must be able to offer courses on New Testament Studies at all levels.

Department description
The department studies the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which are considered — to varying degrees — foundational, normative, and sacred. Our focus is on: 

  • the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and other formative documents of ancient Judaism (including, for example, Dead Sea Scrolls and Hellenistic Jewish sources),
  • the New Testament and other formative documents of early Christian studies (including, for example, ancient Jewish and non-canonical Christian sources),
  • the Qur'an and its earliest traditions and commentaries. 

Our research and teaching encompasses the various exegetical traditions, historical contexts, material cultures, and reception histories that emerge around each of these three collections of sacred writings.

Qualification requirements
The position requires scientific qualifications such as a PhD degree in the field of New Testament Studies, incl. studies in early Christian studies or other immediately adjacent fields.

In connection with the overall assessment of the individual applicant, emphasis is placed on the applicant’s research and teaching potential within the fields described above.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please read the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates.

More information about the UCPH criteria is available here

Find more information for recognising merit for assistant professors here

For more general information about the tenure-track programme, please consult:

HR Excellence in Research – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates.

Terms 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 38,500 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

Application
Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system. Click on the link provided below to be taken to the online application form.

The application must include the following enclosures:

  • Letter of Motivation/Cover letter (applicants are encouraged to consult UCPH criteria for recognising merit https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/)
  • CV, highlighting experience with research and teaching, including interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavors, as well as the relevant language skills.
  • Documentation of degrees/diplomas, etc.
  • Publication list (a complete list of publications)
  • Teaching portfolio. For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to consult the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publication plans and plans for applications for external funding. The research plan should include a presentation of the applicant’s envisaged contribution to the research in the Section.
  • Publications. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than two (2) may be monographs.
  • Co-author declarations. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However, please indicate the precise status of each publication.

If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant’s share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

Application procedure
The application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications must be uploaded electronically. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.

An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.

Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this 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 are 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.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. According to the University of Copenhagen’s “Action Plan for Career, Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management” there is to be at least one candidate of each gender before a position can be filled.

Information on the recruitment process please contact Head of Section Professor Jan Loop, jlo@teol.ku.dk, or Associate Professor in New Testament Studies Matthew Larsen, mdl@teol.ku.dk.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0218/24-2N #1. 

Application deadline
Applications must be submitted by 12 August, 23:59 [CEST]

Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.

If your application does not include all the required supporting documents, your application will be rejected and will not be considered by the assessment committee.

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Matthew David Larsen
E-mail: mdl@teol.ku.dk

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Jan Loop
E-mail: jlo@teol.ku.dk

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Application deadline: 12-08-2024
Employment start: 01-01-2025
Department/Location: Det Teologiske Fakultet
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