The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of
Copenhagen (UCPH) seeks excellent candidates for one or more associate
professorships in sociology and sociological methods.
The position is a permanent, full-time position and is available from 1st
May 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The Department of Sociology is an international department with an
ambitious and friendly atmosphere comprising at present 30 Faculty, 15 Post
Docs, 15 Ph.D. Students, and 10 administrative staff. We pursue problem-
oriented research and investigate topics such as social mobility, culture and
climate change, education, social movements, health and sociology of science.
We share a pronounced commitment to social theory – both classical and modern.
We value qualitative and quantitative methods highly and have in recent years
invested a significant amount of resources in the area of social data science.
The Department is located in the very center of the old city of Copenhagen and
shares a campus with the other departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences:
Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Psychology with whom we have
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the
scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting world-class
research and teaching. An associate professor also has administrative
responsibilities and is expected to develop the field in synergy with other
fields as well as to exercise academic leadership.
To fulfill the research requirements of the position the applicant chosen is
expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate
in the teaching and research activities of the Department.
General duties attached to the position as Associate Professor are:
Individual and group-based research, and research-based publishing,
meeting high international standards within the field of Sociology /
Teaching, supervision and examination of undergraduate, graduate and post-
graduate students in existing programmes of the Department of Sociology
Promoting the Department's academic reputation nationally as well as
Take an active interest in the employability of our graduate students
Initiating fund raising and coordinating funding activities
Contributing to the administrative responsibilities of the Department of
Sociology and Faculty wide tasks
Communicating research findings to the public in general and to the
stakeholders of the Department of Sociology and Faculty of Social Science
Active participation in regular research activities such as conferences,
workshops and seminars
Your Competencies and Opportunities
In order to be assessed qualified for an associate professor position at the
University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University's criteria of
Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of
Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact,
organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered
a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each
candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in
the job advertisement.
You can read more about the criteria UCPH criteria here: here.
Find more information for recognising merit for associate professors: here.
A successfull candidate is expected to have a thorough training in the field
of Sociology and an in-depth understanding of social theory. You have an
excellent track record in publishing in leading international journals in the
field. You have pronounced skills within sociological methods with a keen
interest to expand that knowledge further and to initiate and conduct research
that combine different sociological methods.
A successful candidate has strong interpersonal skills as well as an aptitude
for working collaboratively with colleagues in planning and delivering
teaching, in research projects and in the discharge of administrative duties.
Furthermore, the candidate must demonstrate a commitment to student learning,
supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience.
Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences
The Department of Sociology is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The
Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into
Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social
Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who
have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for
Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by
innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact
For more on the Faculty strategy, see:
https: // socialsciences.ku.dk/faculty/strategy/. You can read the Department's
strategy here: here.
Terms of Employment
Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within
employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by
applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are
related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs
of the Department concerned
The position is permanent, and therefore we strongly encourage the
appointed associate professor to acquire the proficiency in Danish
required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 3-6
years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language
Further information on qualification requirements as professor can be
found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish
Universities 2019: here
Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish
Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne)
The salary is DKK 40,549.87 per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the
pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an
The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can
be found here: https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic
excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working
environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply,
regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age,
disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment
at the University and the University's participation in the HRS4R HR
Excellence in Research, see https: // employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-
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: https: // ism.ku.dk/ .
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail:
email@example.com, please refer to ID number: 211-0045/21-2P #1.
Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Head of
Department Benedikte Brincker, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +45 35321415.
How to Apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now”
icon at the bottom of the page to apply.
Your application must be written in English and include the following
Certificates and Diplomas
Publications. The 6 most important publications, of which at least
three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding
the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded
as attachments and named from 1 to 6.
Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly
marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with
on the list to be assessed.
Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in
accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when
appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of
the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with
Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work
that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of
the applicant's contribution to the work must be clearly specified. The hiring
committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the
extent and nature of each individual's contribution.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET 22nd November
Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.