Postdoctoral Positions in Medieval Philosophy
University of Copenhagen Saxo-Institute
Denmark

Postdoctoral Positions in Medieval Philosophy

The Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen is pleased to announce a call for applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions in medieval philosophy. The positions are for a fixed term from January 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until December 31, 2023.

The postdoctoral researchers will work as members of the research project Exploring Twelfth-Century Philosophy: Alberic of Paris and his School, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project investigates the philosophical writings stemming from the milieu around the logician Alberic of Paris, who is still a relatively unknown figure in the history of philosophy, but according to contemporary sources was the most formidable rival of one of the greatest and most famous of all medieval philosophers, Peter Abelard. The project aims to identify, analyze and synthesize the core philosophical positions of Alberic and his school and to assess the role of this school of thought in the wider context of twelfth-century philosophy.

JOB DESCRIPTION

One of the two successful candidates will work on the medieval Latin source material and focus especially on select twelfth-century commentaries on Porphyry's Isagoge with the aim of establishing the distinctive views of Alberic and his followers as regards some of the main philosophical themes arising from this text (e.g. the nature and ontological status of universals).

The other of the two successful candidates will work on the medieval Latin source material and focus especially on select twelfth-century commentaries on Aristotle's De interpretatione with the aim of establishing the distinctive views of Alberic and his followers as regards some of the main philosophical themes arising from this text (e.g. the theory of meaning).

The candidates are expected to conduct research at a high international level and to publish the results of their research in high-ranking international journals and/or book series. The candidates are also expected to work closely together with the other members of the research team and to partake in organizing a number of research activities involving the project's substantial network of international scholars (e.g. workshops and conferences; research stays and trips to libraries; visits from visiting scholars; editing of a volume of conference proceedings).

QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible for the positions, the candidate must have research qualifications at least corresponding to those achieved through a successfully completed PhD in a field of study relevant to the project (philosophy, history of ideas, Latin philology, or similar). The PhD degree must have been obtained a maximum of 4 years before the application deadline (maternity, paternity and certain other forms of leave may be added to this). The candidate must also have documented experience in working with Latin philosophical texts in the original language, proven ability to present and publish research at a high international level, and excellent English communication skills. Previous experience in working with medieval manuscripts will be considered an asset. For further information about the position, please contact PI of the research project Associate professor Heine Hansen (hhansen@hum.ku.dk).

SALARY AND EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

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 34,899 (EUR 4,680) 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. If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here: http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk

Further information on qualification requirements as postdoc can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here: Bekendtgørelse om stillingsstruktur (in Danish) and Ministerial Order on Job Structure(in English).

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON 15 OCTOBER 2021, 23:59 CEST

CEST = Central European Summer Time

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page and fill in the application form. The application must be in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) specifying how your qualifications and experiences match the overall research project and which of the two subprojects mentioned you would prefer to work on
  • Curriculum vitae (with email and phone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates, PhD diploma, etc.)
  • Complete list of publications. Enclosed publications must be marked with *
  • 1-3 enclosed publications*.

*Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from no. 1 to 3.

Should any of the submitted publications 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 indicated. 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 Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, French and English can be expected to be assessed.

APPOINTMENT PROCEDURE

After the application deadline, the Head of the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen selects applicants for assessment on the advice of an 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 Pernille Lykke Paulsen (HR) hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0852/21-2I #1.

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

The closing date for applications is October 15, 2021 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: 15-10-2021
Employment start: 01-01-2022
Department/Location: Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixen Plads 8, 2300 Copenhagen, DK-Denmark

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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: 15-10-2021
Employment start: 01-01-2022
Department/Location: Saxo-Instituttet


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