Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in English and Translation Studies

Closing date: 6 February 2023

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a position as either tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor in English and Translation Studies to be filled by 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies is home to approx. 40 research staff members, 15 PhD students, 10 postdocs and 30 part time lecturers, 14 administrative staff, and 1200 students. The Department produces research of the highest international standard in language, literature and society related to Western Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada, Latin America and parts of Africa. The department offers 6 degree programmes: English Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies and a MA in International Business Communication.

The appointee will:

Conduct research within the field of English and Translation Studies.
Teach courses in Translation Studies, translation between English and Danish, and English linguistic disciplines at BA and MA level and, as Associate Professor, also at PhD level.
Undertake examinations and administrative tasks.
Supervise BA and MA students and, as Associate Professor, also PhD candidates.
Apply for external funding in order to develop and strengthen the field of research and the department’s research environment.
Collaborate with relevant stakeholders outside the University.
Applicants should indicate if they apply at the assistant professor or the associate professor level. Applicants who want to be considered for both levels, should submit two applications – one for the tenure-track position and one for the associate professor position.

Qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professors
The tenure-track position is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The tenure-track appointee will have to complete a teacher- training course designed especially for assistant professors if they have not already done so in a previous position.

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 tenured position as associate professor.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but experience with research-based teaching within the field of English and Translation Studies will be taken into account.

Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage: https://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/

Qualification requirements for associate professors:
The applicant for the associate professorship has research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved by satisfactory employment as an assistant professor or tenure-track assistant professor.

The applicant is expected to take part in managing research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors and participate in academic assessment panels.

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 applicants’ qualifications will assign equal weight to documented competences in the field of teaching and research.

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/

Requirements for positions at both levels:
Six overall criteria apply for tenure-track assistant professor/associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen and constitute the framework of reference for the overall assessment of candidates. In addition to these criteria, the candidates will be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

Emphasis will be placed on the following professional and personal qualifications:

The successful applicant must have a background in English Studies (e.g. a BA and/or MA in English language studies) and a PhD degree in a relevant subarea of the broader field of Translation Studies.

The successful applicant must document high-quality research in one of the subareas of the broader field of Translation Studies through publications in international peer-reviewed journals or book series.

The successful applicant would be expected to engage with the role that translation between Danish and English plays in and for Danish society – a context where most people have some understanding of both languages.
Competences in teaching translation between Danish and English is a requirement.

Previous experience from collective research projects and from working in an interdisciplinary environment will be an advantage.

Experience with research in digital areas of Translation Studies and the ability to teach various kinds of translation technology and translation tools will be an advantage, as will practical experience of the local and international translation industry (including the areas of subtitling, audio-captioning, literary translation etc.).

Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including documented ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.
You can read more about the UCPH criteria for the different job categories here: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf

According to the UCPH’s language policy, non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students within a reasonable period of time (3-6 years). Please note the additional requirement mentioned above that the appointee must already be able to teach translation between Danish and English.

Further details about the qualification requirements for university staff can be found in the ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen, e-mail: lvhansen@hum.ku.dk

Application
Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 10Mb.

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

The application must be written in English and must include the following:

Application letter/cover letter (maximum two pages).
Curriculum vitae.
Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with star*.
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) (https://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 (for tenure-track applicants) and three (for Associate professorship applicants) 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 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, German, French, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean 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.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number: 211-0159/22-2N #1

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). For assistant professors the salary range starts at DKK 35,600 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. For associate professors the salary range is DKK 41,400 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad. Please see: https://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH.
Find more information at: http://ism.ku.dk , http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

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

The closing date for applications is 6 February 2023, at 23:59 [CST]

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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