Tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Polish Studies
University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Tenure-track assistant professorship in Polish Studies (contemporary Polish culture)

The Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Polish Studies (contemporary Polish culture) to be filled on 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is concerned with cultures, languages, religions and societies outside of Western Europe and North America. Information about the department may be found at https://ccrs.ku.dk/.

Polish Studies is part of a language-based area studies programme in East European Studies, with specializations in Russian, Polish or Balkan studies. The programme offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees, and the disciplinary focus is within history, culture, literature and contemporary society.

Job content
The tenure-track assistant professorship is offered in the field of Polish culture.

The successful applicant should be able to teach courses and lessons in Danish or English on the general history of Eastern Europe, Polish cultural history, contemporary East European and Polish culture, methods and theories of cultural analysis, and to supervise BA- and MA-level students within these fields.

Applicants with further qualifications and competencies relevant to other of the Department’s programmes will be preferred, e.g. Cross-Cultural Studies and Comparative Cultural Studies.

The position also involves outreach activities and documented experience within various outreach genres will be considered an advantage.

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

Qualification requirements
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Polish studies or similar and have a record of original research based on Polish language materials focusing on contemporary Polish culture in any of – or preferably a combination of several of – the following fields: literature, film, popular culture, art, new media, TV, or social media.

In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published on contemporary Polish culture. Moreover, the research should document theoretical solidity and preferably innovative academic approaches. Documented research on current issues in Polish culture will be considered an advantage.

It is particularly important that the applicant masters Polish as a research language.

The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to university teaching.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on 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:

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.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. 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 be able to interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff http://ufm.dk/lovstof/gaeldende-love-og-regler/uddannelsesinstitutioner/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail: it@hum.ku.dk.

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

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

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names))
  • 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 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). For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University Guidelines for teaching portfpolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/
  • 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. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. 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 Dean 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.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by email.

Further information about the application procedure is available from academic officer Mathilde Lyngkvist, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0037/19-2N.

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 34,079 (EUR 4,570) + 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/salary-tax-pension/pension/

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

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/tax/

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

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

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2019 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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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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Ingolf Thuesen
E-mail: it@hum.ku.dk

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Application deadline: 28-11-2019
Employment start: 01-08-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale Studier


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