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The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in Cross-Cultural Studies with specialization in Modern Iran and Central Asia to be filled by 1 February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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The associate professorship is offered in the field of Cross-Cultural studies, with special emphasis on modern Iran and Central Asia.
Teaching and supervision will cover both BA, MA and PhD levels.
The successful applicant must be capable of undertaking research, teaching, supervision, communication and administration in relation to the subject, and, when necessary, provide academic input in other study programs.

The applicant is expected to teach or co-teach courses with colleagues in one or more of the department’s general and cross-cultural courses.

The applicant is expected to establish co-operation with one or more of the department’s other areas of studies, such as religion studies and minority studies.

As generating job opportunities for candidates is a major challenge for the department the applicant should demonstrate understanding of contemporary society and stakeholders outside the academic world.

In addition to qualifications in research, teaching and communication, the evaluation of applications will also place emphasis on the applicants´ interest in working with colleagues to develop research and teaching in their subject area as practised at the University of Copenhagen. Please enclose documentation of plans for this (max. five pages) with your application.

The successful applicant must be able to supervise PhD students.

The position also involves outreach activities as well as a certain number of administrative duties.

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

Qualification requirements

The applicant must be able to document proficiency in modern Persian.
In assessing the applicant’s research qualifications, focus will be on research within cultural and social science studies of Iran’s or Central Asia’s modern history and contemporary conditions with a cross-cultural perspective. As urban studies is a topic of special interest at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies as well as at the faculty level, applicants with research in this area will be particularly welcomed.

When appointing a candidate to the post as Associate professor, we stress that the applicant must have research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successful employment as an Assistant professor.

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.

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy
  • Teaching qualifications, (including the ability to conduct teaching in both Danish and English.). See also Educational Charter at
  • Documentation of administrative qualifications
  • Research management
  • Participation in networks – national and international

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 details about the qualification requirements for associate professors, please refer to the job structure for academic staff:

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Ingolf Thuesen, email:


Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

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
  • CV
  • 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.
  • 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.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

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 e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, email:

Salary and conditions of employment

The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual 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.

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

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2015, 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark’s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 40,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology.

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