Tenure-track assistant/associate professorship in Computational Cognitive Modelling and Natural Language Processing - re-advertise

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant/associate professorship in computational cognitive modelling and natural language processing to be filled by February 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) provides the setting for international research and education from BA- to PhD studies within linguistics and language technology, literature, media, culture 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, computational cognitive modelling and human language technology.

The successful candidate will be attached to the Centre for Language Technology (CST), which is one of the research centres of the department. CST conducts research in different areas of language technology, such as natural language processing (NLP), language technology resources and the infrastructure around them, multimodal communication, computational cognitive modelling, and digital humanities. The Centre has a strong international profile, at the same time as pursuing the development of language technology methods and resources for the Danish language. CST has considerable experience managing international research projects, frequently attracts visiting researchers and has organised major conferences in the field. Together with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Copenhagen, it offers an international MSc programme in IT and Cognition. The programme, which currently admits about 30 students a year, consists of a range of courses in the areas of Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science.

Job content
The successful candidate will engage in cutting-edge research in computational cognitive modelling in collaboration with the CST researchers and is expected to contribute actively to the Centre’s research environment (see also https://cst.ku.dk/english/forskning/). It is an essential requirement that the candidate has expertise in machine learning/deep learning techniques and with the use of neurocognitive methods such as eye-tracking or EEG. It is an additional asset if the candidate has experience with cognitive and computational modelling of language phenomena.

The candidate will also be expected to strengthen the Centre’s project portfolio by applying for external funding, in particular to support projects at the interface between computational cognitive modelling and NLP.

The candidate will also contribute with teaching to the MSc in IT and Cognition. More specifically, s/he is expected to contribute to the Cognitive Science courses. More detail on the programme as a whole and the individual study units are provided at https://studies.ku.dk/masters/it-and-cognition/.

Qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professor
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 both of 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:

  • 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.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy
  • Teaching qualifications. See also our Educational Charter at https://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/
  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/

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: https://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.

For further details about the qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professor, please read more in the job structure for academic at the Universities: staff:  https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=140435 (only in Danish)

Qualification requirements for associate professor
Applicants for associate professorships must have qualifications corresponding to at least the level attained on successful completion of a tenure track assistant professorship. They must be able to document the following:

  • A minimum of four peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, at least one of them at level two; or a monograph as well as two articles, at least one of them at level two; or similar publications
  • Advanced teaching qualifications: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education programme (or equivalent experience) and a teaching portfolio that documents varied pedagogical/didactic practice (both class instruction and individual or collective supervision)
  • Well thought-out research and teaching plans. The research plans must include considerations concerning external dissemination activities and social impact. The teaching plans must include considerations concerning how the applicant intends to maintain and develop their pedagogical/didactic competencies.
  • Participation in relevant and strong Danish and international academic networks, preferably in both research and teaching.
  • Good citizenship: interest in and commitment to the maintenance and enhancement of a collegiate community and an academic environment in which approaches to educational questions, the development of research and external contacts are based on solidarity.

All of the above-mentioned criteria must be met. It is also an advantage if applicants have experience of obtaining external funding, alone or together with colleagues.

The criteria can be found here:https://humanities.ku.dk/about/vacancies/5668eng_Lektorkriterier_paa_HUM_KUendelig.pdf

For further details about the qualification requirements for associate professor, please read more in the job structure for academic at the Universities: staff  https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=140435 (only in Danish)

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 of time (max. 2 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 or Deputy Head of Department for research Bolette S. Pedersen, bspedersen@hum.ku.dk.

Application
Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

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

Please write in your application which position you are applying

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

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *
  • 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.
  • 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 : https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/
  • 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 and 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 211-0063/20-2N.

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 38.800 (EUR 5,206) 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 https://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/pension/

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, https://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/

The Faculty of Humanities offers a special start-up package, read more here https://humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. See: http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 15 October 2020.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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Application deadline: 15-10-2020
Employment start: 01-02-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab
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