Associate professor "Church History" (Univ. Copenhagen)

Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen
15.08.2018 - 02.01.2018
Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

Faculty of Theology,
University of Copenhagen

Subject to necessary grant, the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, invites applicants for a permanent position as Associate Professor in Church History to be filled by August 15, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
The position will be located in the Section of Church History. The Section of Church History explores and analyses the history of the Christian church and theology from ancient time to today. This involves a wide range of sources and thus a multitude of methods such as historical genetics and historical criticism, cultural studies and reception history, art and architectural history, philological and hermeneutical text interpretations, literary theory, ritual studies, microhistorical perspectives and theory and history of music.

In considering applicants for the associate professorship, the main emphasis will be on each applicant’s ability to contribute thematically to research within the newly established Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies and its examination of the ways in which notions of privacy shape relations between individuals and society across diverse historical contexts, read more here (

Furthermore the ideal candidate should demonstrate an active research agenda within the fields of ancient and medieval church history, preferably with a focus upon the history of theology, and including a documented high level of the implied language skills (especially Latin).

The position involves commitment to take an active part in the Faculty’s research environment and research-based teaching, including examination and supervision related to the theology programmes at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, open programmes and any new areas of study. It also involves taking part in activities related to securing funding for and managing research projects, providing pedagogical supervision and participating in academic assessments.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant must at least have a PhD degree in the field of Church History or an adjacent field of study.

In connection with the overall assessment of the individual applicant, emphasis is placed on the applicant’s research and teaching potential within the fields described above.

Within a reasonable period of time (max 2 years), a non-Danish-speaking appointee will be required to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact in Danish with colleagues and students.

Terms of employment
The candidate will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In additional to the basic salary, you will receive an annual increment of DK 92.881,94 (as of 1 April 2017) and a total contribution to your pension fund, equal to 17,1 % of your salary and annual increment.

Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system. Click on the link provided below to be taken to the online application form.

The application must include the following enclosures:

-Letter of Motivation
-CV, highlighting experience with interdisciplinary and collaborative research, teaching and language skills.
-Documentation of degrees/diplomas, etc.
-Publication list. (a complete list of publications)
-Teaching portfolio. 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.
-Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publications plans and plans for applications for external funding. The research plan should include a presentation of the applicant’s envisaged contribution to the research programme of Centre for Privacy Studies.
-Publications. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than two (2) may be monographs.
-Co-athor declarations. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be submitted. However, please indicate the precise status of each publication.

Application procedure
The application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications MUST be uploaded electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.

We will not accept submitted scientific publications by ordinary post.

An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.

Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email.

Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan.

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 when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.

According to the University of Copenhagen’s “Action Plan for Career, Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management” ( there is to be at least one applicant of each gender before a position can be filled.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

For further information on the recruitment process please contact academic officer Rikke Dall, phone: +45 35 33 26 83, e-mail:

Application deadline
Applications must be submitted by 2 January 2018, 23:59 GMT+1

Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.


If your application does not include all the required supporting documents, your application will be rejected and will not be considered by the assessment committee.


Rikke Dall

Karen Blixens Vej 16, 2300 Koebenhavn S

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