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Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion, Copenhagen University

Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion

(note deadline 1 September 2014)

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in the Sociology of Religion to be filled by 1 February 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies works with languages, cultures, religion and society, primarily in the world outside Western Europe and the US. Cross-cultural competences and knowledge of the complexity of the world are of vital importance in the globalised world – politically, economically, and culturally.

Job Content
The associate professorship is offered in the field of the Sociology of Religion. In assessing research qualifications emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s research and publications within the Sociology of Religion with special regard to religious topics in Denmark.

The applicant must demonstrate qualifications within both quantitative and qualitative research. Moreover, the research should document originality, innovative academic approaches as well as first-hand experience with the methods and theoretical approaches of the Sociology of Religion.

The successful applicant must teach courses at BA and MA levels on sociological theories and methods. Furthermore, the applicant must be able to teach topics such as religion and economy, religion and politics and civil religion as well as supervise papers and theses on various topics within the field. The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches. The successful applicant must also be able to supervise PhD students.

The position involves outreach activities.

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

For further information about the position please contact the Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail:

Qualification Requirements
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 applicant’s 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. In addition, applicants 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 research management
  • Participation in networks – national and international

For further details about the qualification requirements for associate professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail:

The application must be written in English and submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please note that each field in the application form can only contain 1 file of 20Mb max.

Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must include the following enclosures:
Application letter/cover letter
Appendix 1: CV
Appendix 2: Documentation of qualifications (examination
certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
Appendix 3: Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *
Appendix 4: 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.
Appendix 5: Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).
Appendix 6: Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least three of the selected works 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 1-5.

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 Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to be assessed.

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

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean will set up an expert assessment committee to evaluate applicants specifically in relation to the advertised position. The applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each candidate will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalised.

Applicants will be regularly informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the procedure is available from HR and Personnel Mette Christensen, mail:

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. See :, and

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST, 1 September 2014.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Please quote reference number 211-0157/14-4000 in your application