Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Histories of Migration

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Histories of Migration

The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professorship in International Migration Studies to be filled by 1 January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Position description
The Saxo Institute seeks an outstanding researcher to fill a position in International Migration Studies at assistant professorial level, to be based at the Institute’s interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS). We seek a strong candidate with a dynamic profile in the broad, international field of migration studies, who can document an impressive track record of humanities and/or social science research on questions relating to the global instrumentalities of moving populations and mobility practices in and across specific historical contexts. Experience with methodologically innovative (for instance methods in digital history or similar), interdisciplinary research and a capacity to research the histories of migration will be considered an advantage.

Applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • the histories of migration across imperial, colonial and/or settler legacies that are shaping the present
  • the effects of war, natural disasters and displacement on forced migration patterns and the policy response of international organizations, past and present
  • migration, sovereignty, and state practices of border enforcement.
  • humanitarian agencies, refugee advocacy and the role of NGOs in a historical perspective.

For the six-year tenure-track period the successful applicant must document an original and compelling research plan, which complements and strengthens the research profile of AMIS and the Saxo Institute. The candidate will be expected to play an active role in AMIS’ and the institute’s teaching and research activities and contribute to their strategic development. In particular, we are looking for an applicant with an excellent international publishing record and an active outreach profile, demonstrating a capacity for working across various sectors with knowledge of different stakeholders and third sector collaboration and with a keen interest in further developing research-based education. Documented experience in research-based teaching, cultivating international research networks, involvement in collaborative research initiatives, and grant applications will be a distinct advantage. The tenure track assistant professorship will be connected primarily to the Master of Arts programme in Advanced Migration Studies, which is an ambitious two-year international programme combining humanities and social science approaches to migration. However, a capacity or potential to contribute to one or more of the Saxo Institute’s other BA and MA degree programmes (offering courses and supervision in, for example, the fields of history, ethnology or applied cultural analysis) would be an additional advantage.

The position involves a portfolio of tasks that requires a regular presence at the center and the institute, except for research leaves during the six-year tenure-track period (one semester every three years, see below).

The Saxo Institute is dedicated to the study of human societies past and present, with degree programs ranging from History to Ethnology, Archeology, Classical Languages and Migration Studies. With some 1400 students and a staff of 100 employees, the Institute offers a variety of research and library facilities, servicing a vibrant community of tenured scholars, project and visiting researchers and graduate students. The institute hosts a range of leading research centres and externally funded research projects.

About Tenure-track
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 take part in all the activities of the Institute, including administrative tasks.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year tenure-track period, 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)
5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf (ku.dk)

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree in a field relevant to international migration studies and the histories of migration. Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen, as follows:

  • An internationally recognised research profile in the broad, international field of migration studies, demonstrating intellectual innovation and originality
  • Relevant teaching experience, including examination work and course development
  • Experience of communicating research to relevant stakeholders and external partners to enhance societal impact
  • Evidence of an organisational contribution to previous academic environments
  • Experience of applying for external research funds
  • Evidence of potential to develop a position of leadership in the field

The above criteria are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates, and should therefore be addressed directly in the application. You can read more about the UCPH criteria here: Criteria for recognising merit – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

The AMIS graduate program is an international MA taught entirely in English, and thus a high level of English language proficiency is a requirement of the position. Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please read the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here: Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf (ku.dk)

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Professor Casper Sylvest, e-mail: casy@hum.ku.dk.
For information about the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, contact AMIS director, Dr. Marie Sandberg, e-mail: sandberg@hum.ku.dk

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

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

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of at least two academic referees)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with star*.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching). See the University guidelines for compiling a teaching portfolio at UCPH: Job application portfolio – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two 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 listed 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 endeavours, 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, French, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure 
After the application deadline, the Head of the Department 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.

Two rounds of interviews are planned of which the second is expected to be at UCPH's Southern Campus.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, email: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0203/24-2N #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 starts at DKK 35,600 + 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 read more here: Pension – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more at this homepage: 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 here: New to Denmark (nyidanmark.dk)Workindenmark and For international researchers at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

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

The closing date for applications is 5 April 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.


Application deadline: 05-04-2024
Employment start: 01-01-2025
Department/Location: Saxo-Instituttet - Arkæologi, Etnologi, Historie og Græsk og Latin

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