The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
Tenure-track assistant professorship in Japanese Studies
The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Japanese Studies to be filled on 15 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The position is funded for five years by a grant from the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and is subject to the approval of The Nippon Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. After the five-year period of external funding the position will be continued for the last year by The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, upon which the specific tasks covered by the post may be subject to change. Co-appointment with another UCPH department may be considered if relevant given the scientific profile of the candidate.
The position will be a cross-faculty ADI position with responsibilities at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies as well as a relevant department in Social Sciences depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Administratively the position will be hosted by the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, but daily responsibilities and teaching obligations will be evenly distributed between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the successful candidate is expected to be present and visible in both faculties.
ADI is a research priority area of the University of Copenhagen, anchored at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The new position will be anchored in both faculties, and will be concerned with the study of contemporary Japanese society and culture in supplement to and beyond the already existing Japanese Studies program. The position is aimed at showing the relevance of the study of contemporary Japan in relation with and/or in comparison with the East Asia region and other world regions, including Europe. In addition to a research focus that bridges humanities and social sciences, a priority for the position is to develop teaching courses to bridge the disciplines and share the knowledge of the two involved faculties.
The successful applicant will be expected to pursue and produce research on contemporary Japanese society and culture; the teaching courses should accommodate the interests of students at least from the Humanities (Japanese/Asian studies, potentially broader) as well as from the relevant disciplines in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Economics) that are ADI partners. The candidate must be able to clearly convey in speaking and writing the relevance of the contemporary study of Japan in a wider, regional and global context. In addition, the successful candidate will also be expected to communicate knowledge and research to the Danish public via for example ‘Kulturkurser’ (a collaboration between UCPH and the Investment Fund for Developing Countries) and the mass media. The candidate will collaborate with the other members of ADI as well as other relevant colleagues at the two faculties in terms of teaching as well as research and to contribute to the international recognition of the research and teaching of the University of Copenhagen.
A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the involved Departments, including examinations and administration.
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.
Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and have a record of original research based on Japanese language materials focusing on contemporary Japanese society and culture.
Candidates must demonstrate command of the Japanese language sufficient to conduct research using Japanese language material, written as well as oral.
The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be emphasized in the assessment process (see further below).
Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:
Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses.
- The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy
- Teaching qualifications: See also our Educational Charter
- Pedagogic basis and guidelines
- Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
- Documentation of possible administrative qualifications
Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.
Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.
Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students.
For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff.
For further information about the position, please contact Deputy Head of Department Lars Højer, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.
Please note that each field in the application form must contain a single file of max. 20Mb.
Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.
The application must be written in English and must include the following enclosures:
- Application letter/cover letter
- Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names))
- Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
- Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with a 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). 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.
- Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed 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.
After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of ton exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension
The closing date for applications is 12 February 2019 23:59 CET.
Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.