Associate Professorship in Advanced Migration Studies
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Humanities

Part-time Associate professorship in Advanced Migration Studies

The Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a part-time associate professorship in Advanced Migration Studies to be filled by 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job content

The Saxo Institute seeks an outstanding researcher to fill a part-time position (50%) in Advanced Migration Studies at associate professorial level, to be based at the Institute’s Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS). We seek a strong candidate with a dynamic profile in the field of international migration studies, who can document an impressive track record of social science and/or humanities research on questions relating to moving populations and mobile practices and/or the geopolitics and management of migration and borders. Experience with research on migration and asylum in Denmark or the Nordic context will be considered an advantage. The successful applicant must document an original and compelling research plan, which complement and strengthen the research profile of AMIS. The candidate will be expected to play an active role in furthering AMIS’ profile and strategic plan. In particular, we are looking for an applicant with an excellent international record, demonstrating a capacity for working across various sectors with knowledge of different stakeholders and third sector collaboration. Documented experience in cultivating international research networks, involvement in collaborative research initiatives, and grant applications will be a distinct advantage. The associate professorship will be connected primarily to the international Master of Arts programme in Advanced Migration Studies, but the successful applicant must also be qualified in teaching in one or more of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the Saxo Institute.

The Saxo Institute is dedicated to the study of human societies past and present, with degree programs ranging from History to Ethnology, Archaeology, 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, graduate students, visiting researchers and externally funded projects. The institute also hosts a range of leading research centres and externally funded research projects.

Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) is an interdisciplinary centre for migration research established in 2013 as a strategic research priority at the Faculty of Humanities. The center’s research focuses on moving populations and mobility practices including irregularised and forced migration. AMIS promotes excellent research on a broad range of issues related to migration, combining a diversity of social science and humanities approaches, including history, ethnology, religion, philosophy, sociolinguistics, literary studies and the arts, and has a strong expertise in qualitative methods and ethnography.

Qualification requirements

In connection with the appointment of the position of associate professor, we emphasise that the applicant has research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved by satisfactory employment as an associate professor. The successful applicant must have completed a PhD degree within a field relevant for advanced migration studies. The candidate is expected to have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research in the form of publications in renowned, peer-reviewed journals and/or books and edited volumes.

The applicant is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the department, including examinations and administration, and to manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors and participate in academic assessment panels.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Hence the assessment of applicants’ qualifications will assign equal weight to documented competences in the field of teaching, pedagogy and didactics as in the field of research, research collaboration and research organization. Applicants with documentation of excellent teaching skills including experience with development of teaching and with experiences and reflections on how most effectively to integrate research and teaching activities will be given priority.

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH

In addition, emphasis will be placed on the following professional 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: Read more about our Educational Charter at and Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines at
  • 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.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the criteria UCPH criteria here:

Find more information for recognising merit for associate professors here:

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.

Further details about the qualification requirements for associate professor can be found in the ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here:

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Professor David Bloch, e-mail:, and for specific information about the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, contact Head of the centre, Associate Professor Marie Sandberg, email:


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

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

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

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

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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) (
  • 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 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 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.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: Please refer to ID number  211-0323/21-2E. 

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 position is part-time. The salary range starts at DKK 20,054, (EUR 2,696) + 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,

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:, and

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

The closing date for applications is 14 May 2021, 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.


David Bloch


Marie Sandberg


Application deadline: 14-05-2021
Employment start: 01-01-2022
Department/Location: Saxo-instituttet - Arkælogi, Etnologi, Historie og Latin og Græsk

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