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Director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)

We invite applications for the position as director of Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at Department of Political Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The position is available from 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
 
Applications are sought from eminent candidates, on the level of associate professor, professor with special responsibility or full professor, who will be able to manage and develop the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies and to participate in and develop Asia related activities at the Faculty of Social Sciences and at the University of Copenhagen  
 
A successful applicant must possess significant managerial and strategic competences as well as the relevant academic competences.  
 
Managerial and strategic competences  
- Experience with strategy development and implementation of strategies in a university context  
- Experience with managing networks, information resources and policy-work, preferably in a university context  
- Proven teambuilding and team-development competences  
- Proven ability to motivate and manage the performance of researchers and professionals at the institute  
- Proven communication and networking skills  
- Proven ability and experience in attracting external funding  
 
Academic Competences  
- In-depth knowledge of regional studies in Asia in general as well a particular Asian country or region  
- Knowledge of the Nordic region and its interrelationship with Asia  
- A proven record of academic and policy impact  
 
These generic academic competences should be demonstrated on different levels depending on whether the applicant applies for an associate professorship, a professorship with special responsibilities or a full professorship.  
 
Applicants must submit a brief (no more than 3 pages) vision statement on how they will develop the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. The vision statement should include the top three strategic priorities for NIAS in the next 5 years, the institute’s integration into the University’s research environment on Asia as well as the University’s Asian Dynamics Initiative and a description of how these goals should be realized.  
 
The directorship is a five-year position, but a successful candidate will be employed on a permanent basis as a member of the Faculty of the Department of Political Science.  
  
Associate Professor Qualifications  
Essential Qualifications  
• Appointment as Associate Professor requires research and teaching qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment at the level of assistant professor or equivalent.
• A proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced by an international reputation in Asian studies or other fields relevant to the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies as well as a track record of publishing in top journals and/or a highly influential publication record with leading book publishers.  
• A commitment to share insights and knowledge in the public debate, to take societal responsibility, and a track record of making a conceptual, instrumental, as well as capacity building impact in Denmark as well as in an international context.  
• A significant track record of excellence in teaching in Asia related topics or one or more of the main areas covered by the Department.  
• A clear, well-developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that will result in further world-leading publications as well as a commitment to innovate teaching.  
• Track record of engagement in the wider academic community and the commitment to contribute to a vibrant work environment.  
• The ability and willingness to attract external research funding.  
• An experience with or commitment to teaching which gives students real-life competences as well as the ability to critically reflect on the world and its problems  
 
Professor/Professor with special responsibilities Qualifications  
Essential Qualifications  
• A proven record of outstanding research, as evidenced by an recognized international reputation in Asian studies or other fields relevant to the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and demonstrated by a considerable number of existing high-quality publications, which constitute a significant contribution to the field. Publications should be published on a continuous basis in top-ranked journals and/or a highly influential publication record with leading book publishers.  
• A commitment to share insights and knowledge in the public debate, to take societal responsibility, and a track record of making a conceptual, instrumental, as well as capacity building impact in Denmark as well as in an international context.  
• A clear, well-developed strategy for sustained high quality research that results in world-leading publications and which develops the field.  
• A significant track record of excellence in teaching in Asia related topics or one or more of the main areas covered by the Department.  
• A track record of engagement in the wider academic community and the commitment to contribute to a vibrant work environment.  
• Proven ability to provide leadership of research groups as well as ability to operate in leadership roles at the Departmental, Faculty and University levels.  
• The ability and willingness to attract external funding on a larger scale and to lead research projects.• Experience as an editor of journals, membership of the board of professional associations or other academic public goods.  
 
Job description  
The director is responsible to the NIAS board and the Head of the Political Science Department. The director is responsible for the daily management of the institute and its employees. The director is responsible for liaising with the institute’s stakeholders and partners in the Nordic region as well as with the Nordic Council of Ministers. The director also represent the institute in Nordic and international media. The director must set the strategic direction and supervise the continuous development of the Institute’s products. Furthermore, the director must in a proactive manner participate in and develop the Asian Dynamic Initiative and other Asian related activities at the University of Copenhagen as part of strengthening the future development of NIAS.  
 
About the Institute  
Celebrating its 50 anniversary in 2018, the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies is a university research and information infrastructure centre focusing on the societal, political, economic and cultural transformations in modern Asia in their historical context. The NIAS library provides important scholarly infrastructure for study of Asian issues in the Nordic countries. NIAS Press publishes a number of scholarly publications each year. The Institute also constitutes the organisational framework for the FUDAN Institute at the University of Copenhagen and the institute is closely integrated in the Asian academic community in the University of Copenhagen. As an integrated part of the Department of Political Science the Institute takes part in teaching and research activities at the Department and across UCPH departments. For more information about the Institute, please go to http://nias.ku.dk/.
 
About the Asia Dynamic Initiative  
Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) is a cross-faculty Asia focus at the University of Copenhagen. ADI aims at coordinating existing research and teaching on Asia as well as creating a common platform for new, interdisciplinary Asian studies and research. The overall purpose of the initiative is to strengthen and develop research and teaching on Asia. ADI organizes interdisciplinary research activities, courses, seminars and workshops covering social, economic, political, cultural, and religious complexities in Asia. https://asiandynamics.ku.dk/  
 
About the Department  
The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies is closely integrated into the Department of Political Science and the director is expected to be actively engaged in the management of the Department as well as the research and teaching activities of the Department. The Department of Political Science has 2,000 students in its BA and MA programmes in Political Science as well as the MA in Social Sciences and MA in Security Risk Management programmes. The Department consists of 55 faculty, 14 post.docs and 38 PhD students, and there are 21 administrative staff. The Department is one of the top-ranked European political science departments. For more on the Department and its field of research, please consult our webpage: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/  
 
Applications  
Applications must be in English and must include the following information and documentation:  
• A cover letter that indicates whether you wish to apply for the position at the level of associate professor, professor with special responsibilities or the full professor – and/or a priority between the three positions.  
• A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous, present employment, and academic background, including a record of research and international  
research cooperation.  
• A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – a maximum of 10 – that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider, should be marked with an asterisk (*). Please note that at the associate professor level only a maximum of 6 publications are required.  
• Teaching portfolio in accordance with the Faculty’s rules:  
https://socialsciences.ku.dk/faculty/publications/teaching_portfolio/  
• Documentation of experience with managing research and/or teaching  
• Documentation of the ability to collaborate and share knowledge with society  
• Vision statement  
• A portfolio detailing competences in research-based think tank and policy-work.  
 
If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.  
 
Conditions of employment  
Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary is currently DKK 461,868 (EUR 62,000 app.) at the associate professor level and DKK 605.528 (EUR 81,300 app.) at the professor level. In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, see https://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/taxes/  
Please note that a position as professor with special responsibilities is offered as a 5-year professorship with special responsibilities, with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years. On expiry of the professorship period, the appointee is offered employment and remuneration as Associate Professor.  
 
Especially about the Director supplement: A special duty supplement will be available for the position and will be paid for a period of 5 years. The special duty supplement will be in the range of 60,000 DKK p.a. depending on qualifications. The period as director and the special duty supplement can be prolonged if the funding for Nordic Institute for Asian Studies is available after 5 years.
 
Application procedure  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him-/herself. The recruitment process is presented at http://employment.ku.dk.  
 
Further information about the application procedure is available from HR Søndre City, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 13121#1.  
 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  
 
Information  
Additional information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Tel: +45 2118 1048, email: institutleder@ifs.ku.dk.  
 
The deadline for applications, including enclosures, is 5 January 2019 (at 12 Noon, Danish Time)  
Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  
Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kontakt

Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen
E-mail: mvr@ifs.ku.dk

Info

Ansøgningsfrist: 05-01-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-04-2019
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Statskundskab

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