Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Copenhagen (History)

The Saxo Institute, in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is inviting applications for one postdoctoral fellowship in history starting on 1 January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This is a fixed-term position for 24 months.

Job content
The postdoctoral fellowship is part of the research project Radical Pietism in Northern Europe: Social Protest on the Verge of Modernity, 1690-1750, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and headed by Associate Professor Juliane Engelhardt. A description of the overall aim of the project can be read here:

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for a sub-project that focuses how radical Pietists translated their conversion into distinct vestimentary, corporal, and emotional styles. The postdoctoral fellow will thus analyze radical Pietist practices in their context exploring alternative ways of achieving influence in the public sphere among people who possessed neither formal power, nor strong bookish training.

Applicants from all relevant fields of research, such as cultural history, sociology, history of ideas, art history and religious history, are encouraged to apply.

The applicant is expected to provide an outline in the application as to how they will approach the topic and conduct the project.

Applicants, who wish further information about the position and the research project, should contact Principal Investigator Juliane Engelhardt,, phone +45 31244274

Qualification requirements
Appointment as a postdoc presumes research qualifications on at least PhD level. The degree should be obtained no earlier than 22 September 2018.

For more about postdoc positions and qualification requirements, see the Ministry of Education and Research’s Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Applicants must possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high level. The ability to read German is a further requirement. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to live in Denmark during the scholarship. They will furthermore be offered a workplace at the Saxo Institute and be expected to participate in the intellectual life of Institute and the larger UCPH community.

All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Word format, via the link “Apply for the position” at the bottom of the page.

Applications may be written in English and must include the following attachments:

  1. Project description and a personal statement (two-three pages)
  2. CV (max. two pages)
  3. Documentation of qualifications (exam certificates, PhD diploma and PhD assessment, if any) 
  4. Complete publication list (attached publications must be marked with an asterisk). The list must be structured systematically and divided into the following categories:
  • Peer-reviewed publications:
    • Monographs and anthologies
    • Articles in journals
    • Book chapters/anthology contributions, etc.
  • Non-peer-reviewed publications:
    • Publications disseminating research findings, etc.

Applicants can attach a maximum of three publications. The publication dates must be clearly marked on the list. The selected publications must be uploaded as attachments and numbered 1–3. 

  1. A research plan that includes a brief description of previous research, and current research areas, and also accounts for experience with research organisation, research collaborations, international relations and any external/intersectoral collaborations (max. three pages).
  2. Documentation of teaching competencies/teaching portfolio (see the UCPH guidelines for teaching portfolios here) and other work on the dissemination of research.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French will be evaluated.

Assessment criteria
Applicants will primarily be assessed in relation to their research qualifications, including their publications, ability to conduct independent research and participate in research collaborations. In addition, the applicant’s research plan and research potential will be assessed in relation to the overall project described above.

Teaching qualifications are not a requirement, but if the postdoc wishes to teach, then documented teaching experience can be included in the overall assessment. 

The recruitment process 
Once the deadline for applications has expired, the head of department will consider advice from the appointment committee and select applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified whether they have been shortlisted. The Dean will then set up an expert assessment committee to consider the applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. They will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced.

Further information about the application procedure can be found on the University of Copenhagen’s website: and from HR,
Please state ID number 211-1549/23-2I #1 on request

Remuneration and terms of employment 
The appointment is for a fixed term of 24 months and will be made in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). In addition, a total pension contribution of 17.1% of salary and pensionable supplements will be allocated. It will be possible to negotiate further supplements on the basis of qualifications.

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: For international researchers at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (

We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2024, 23:59 CET
Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered.




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Ansøgningsfrist: 01-10-2024
Ansættelsesdato: 01-01-2025
Afdeling/Sted: The Saxo Institute
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