University of Copenhagen, Professorship in French Vacancy

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University, Denmark, invites applications for a full professorship in French to be filled 1st of August, 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants with a research background in one or more of the following areas of French and/or Francophone Studies will be preferred: cultural history, modern literature or modern thought.

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies teaches and conducts research into language, literature and society in Western Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada, Latin America and parts of Africa. The Department is a dynamic environment with a high level of personal interaction and a wide range of functions. It currently employs approx. 150 members of staff.

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The position involves research, teaching, supervision, communication and administrative duties. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at the BA, MA and PhD levels, and to the development of the research field through his or her own research and by organising and leading research projects and networks.

The successful applicant is expected to be well-versed in French and/or Francophone literature and culture, preferably based on a multidisciplinary research perspective. As per the Department´s research strategy, preference will be given to applicants whose work touches on neighbouring subject areas and who have interdisciplinary experience. A particular interest in French theory and thought is desirable.


Applicants must be able to document research and teaching qualifications at the highest international level in one or more areas relevant to the professorship. Accordingly, they are expected to have made a significant contribution to their field through major international publications.

Applicants are also expected to have an active, international research profile and wide-ranging experience of organising and managing research projects and establishing networks. The successful applicant will be expected to assume responsibility for major external funding applications.

Applicants must have experience of supervision of Master´s and PhD students and of working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Applicants must document complete fluency in written and spoken French. Knowledge of the other languages taught at the department will be an advantage, as the successful applicant will be encouraged to take part in interdisciplinary collaboration in the Department.

To take part in daily communication and administrative duties at the department, non-Danish speakers must acquire the necessary Danish language skills within a maximum of two years.

For further information about the position please contact the acting Head of Department, Dorte Albrechtsen, e-mail:

Qualification requirements

The professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration and also manage research projects, provide pedagogic supervision, supervise assistant professors and sit on academic assessment panels.

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 and the degree of     originality and production

•             The applicants scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy as well as academic relevance in relation to the advertisement for the position

•             Teaching qualifications

•             Administrative qualifications

•             Research management

•             Participation in networks – national and international

For further information about the qualifications required for professorships, please refer to Circular no. 9427 of 13 June 2007 concerning the Job Structure for Academic Staff, Memorandum in English


Applications must be written in English and submitted online in PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

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, 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 seven publications for assessment, of which at least five 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 1-7.

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. Please refer to ministerial order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 concerning the appointment of academic staff at universities ministerial order

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 Officer Mette Christensen, tel.: +45 35 32 80 87 or e-mail:

Salary and conditions of employment

The post will be filled according to agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations. The approximate annual pensionable salary is currently DKK 570,000. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, see

All applicants are encouraged to apply, irrespective of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 1 February 2012, 23:59 CET.

Please quote reference number 211-0482/11-4550 in your application.

Apply online

Deadline: 01-02-2012

Publisher: Faculty of Humanities



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