Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Media Studies with Expertise in Social Media

The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a position as tenure-track assistant professor to be filled by August 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Communication is a new department at the University of Copenhagen, based on a merger of the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and the Department of Information Studies.  The department is home to approx. 75 faculty members, 40 PhD students, 20 postdocs, 40 part-time lecturers, 27 administrative staff, and 2200 students.  We generate approx. 30 mio DKK in external research funding every year.  We offer seven degree programs: Philosophy, Rhetoric, Educational Science, Film and Media Studies, Communication and IT, Information Studies, and Cognition & Communication.  Researchers are organised into eight research sections and two centres. 

Please read more about the Department of Communication at: https://comm.ku.dk

Job content

The candidate is expected to augment the department’s already strong international profile in one or more of the following areas of expertise: social media in cultural, political and/or societal perspectives, uses of social media in diverse contexts, the interplay between social media and other media forms and -platforms. It is expected that the candidate has already established a track record of research accomplishments within this field. It is also expected that the candidate will engage in applications for research funding.

Moreover, it will be considered an advantage that applicants have insight into Danish/Scandinavian media, media culture and media institutions.

It is expected that the candidate presents a teaching philosophy and portfolio that outlines possible courses which the candidate can teach in the department.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will 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 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

The duties of the position are evenly distributed between teaching and research. The candidate must document competences in both teaching and research.

Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and 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 considered. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

In the evaluation of the candidates’ qualifications emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • The candidate’s overall scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy
  • The candidate’s research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, will be assessed in terms 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 candidates’ teaching qualifications will be assessed with respect to the Faculty of Humanities’ Educational Charter (http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter) and Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines (http://uddannelseskvalitet.ku.dk/quality-assurance-of-study-programmes/university-guidelines/pedagogic-basis-and-guidelines/)
  • The candidates’ experiences and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing, and engagement with the wider public, incl. mass media and the world of politics
  • The candidates’ documentation of administrative qualifications, if applicable.

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/

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff 2019: https://retsinformation.dk/pdfPrint.aspx?id=212083 (only in Danish).

The general expectation is that the appointed candidate will be able to teach in Danish and in English and 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 information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jens-Erik Mai, e-mail: jemai@hum.ku.dk


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 portfolios 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, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure 

After the application deadline, on the advice of the Appointment Committee, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Head of Department 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 academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0051/20-2N.

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 34,365 (EUR 4,600) + 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 Monday April 20, 2020 at 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.



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Jens-Erik Mai
E-mail: jemai@hum.ku.dk


Ansøgningsfrist: 20-04-2020
Ansættelsesdato: 01-08-2020
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Kommunikation

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