Academic Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Russian History & Politics (UCPH)

Deadline for Applications: August 1, 2016

Tenure-track assistant professorship in Russian History and Politics

Tenure-track assistant professorship in Russian History and Politics

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Russian History and Politics to be filled by 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About the Department: http://ccrs.ku.dk/about/

Job content

The tenure track is offered in the field of Russian history and politics. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of contemporary Russian/Soviet history, preferably with a research focus on foreign politics, regional security politics and/or East European perspectives.

It is particularly important that the applicant have a solid command of Russian and is thus able to conduct contextually well-grounded analyses. Moreover, the research should document originality and innovative academic approaches.

The successful applicant should be able to teach courses and lessons in Danish or English on the general history of Eastern Europe, Russian history, contemporary Russian and East European politics and society, methods and theories of history and political science, and to supervise B.A.- and MA-level students within these fields. The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to university teaching.

Applicants with further qualifications and competencies relevant to other of the Department’s programmes will be preferred.

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

The tenure-track assistant professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration, and also to secure funding for and manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, and participate in academic assessments.

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.

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 have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.

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:

  • 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. See also our Educational Charter at http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/
  • 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

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 teach in Danish as well as 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.

For more information, and to apply, click here.