jeudi 15 décembre 2022

Poste en histoire culturelle de la psychiatrie

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in literature and/or cultural history and medical humanities

Call for applications

 The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, and the Centre for Culture and the Mind, invite applicants for a tenure-track assistant professorship in literature and/or cultural history and medical humanities, to be filled by 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job content
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 Department, 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 programme at the UCPH here:

The successful candidate’s research profile should be focused on the relationship between literature, psychiatry and culture, and on exploring literary engagements with the Centre’s core themes: ideas of the mind in different socio-cultural and political contexts, narratives and languages of mental health, the construction and influence of psychiatric concepts beyond the medical sphere, experiences of illness and illness narratives, cross-cultural conceptualisations of trauma and resilience, experiences of migration and cross-cultural encounters, etc. Engagement with postcolonial and decolonial literatures of health and illness is particularly encouraged. The candidate should have expertise in at least one of the following language and cultural areas: English-, German-, French-, Italian- or Spanish-speaking world, and an active interest in comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research and teaching.

The candidate will be expected to develop courses in medical humanities as part of the Centre’s own emerging teaching portfolio, as well as to teach more general courses in literature and/or cultural history at the BA and MA levels in the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies.

The position is partly funded by the DNRF Centre of Excellence, Centre for Culture and the Mind (CULTMIND).

The successful candidate will work closely with the Centre leader Ana Antic and join the Centre’s dynamic international and interdisciplinary research team.

The Centre for Culture and the Mind explores the puzzling relationship between cultural difference and the human psyche from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: historical, anthropological, psychiatric, sociological, literary and psychological. It zooms in on the core questions about the universality or otherwise of the human mind, which remain as difficult to answer today as they were a century ago.

The Centre proposes that the issue of culture-mind relationship lays at the core of many social, political and medical debates: within cross-cultural psychiatry/psychotherapy, in trauma studies, and in migration and refugee studies. It explores how the human mind and common humanity have been imagined in different cultural, sociopolitical and disciplinary contexts, examining the assumptions and forces which shaped such definitions. By analysing how different cross-cultural models of the psyche were formulated and critiqued, the Centre’s interdisciplinary team aims to develop a new framework for understanding cross-cultural interventions, which pushes beyond the binary of universalism and cultural relativism in order to arrive at a more nuanced model of interaction between socio-cultural contexts and ideas of the psyche.

The Centre consists of four interrelated thematic strands: cross-cultural research in human sciences; cross-cultural notions of trauma and resilience; cross-cultural therapeutics and creative mind; and cross-cultural encounters and population movements (migration).

Qualification requirements
The Assistant Professor will be a core member of the Centre’s leadership team. He or she will take part in the work of all four research strands and will be expected to contribute to coordinating the second and third strands in particular, in order to develop academic leadership skills and become an independent research leader by the end of the tenure-track period. He or she will also take part in mentoring and supervising postdocs and PhD students at the Centre, with the expectation that he or she will be able to supervise independently by the end of the six-year period.

In terms of research, the successful candidate is expected to work both independently and in collaboration with the research team. Within the Centre, the candidate will take part in broader intellectual and methodological discussions around the Centre’s goals and general directions, and will also be expected to design and work on original research projects. This position will offer the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to establish and develop his/her own research career, to establish strategic research collaborations and partnerships, and acquire requisite academic leadership skills.

He or she should hold a PhD degree in the field of literature or/and literary and cultural history with a focus on medical humanities.

For further information, including more details on the Centre for Culture and the Mind, please contact Centre Leader  Ana Antic at, or Head of Department Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen at

The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to university teaching.

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH

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 weighted 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.  
  • 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: Read more about our Educational Charter at  Educational Charter – University of Copenhagen ( and Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines at
  • 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.

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies aims to promote a parallel-language working and study environment. The working language of the Centre for Culture and the Mind, where the appointment will be based, is English. The candidate will be expected to have a high proficiency in academic English, and to be able to interact in English in a professional setting. Within a reasonable period of time (3-6 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are also 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 read the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here:
Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf (

Six overall criteria apply for assistant 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:

You can read more about the criteria for recognising merit for assistant professors here: 5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf (

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

  • Application letter/cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number).
  • 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).
  • 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.

The core application materials (CV, cover letter, research plan and teaching portfolio) should be submitted in English. The publications can be submitted in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish. The committee encourages applicants to submit at least one publication in English.

Appointment procedure 
After the application deadline, the Head of the Department 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 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: Please refer to ID number 211-0127/22-2N #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). The salary range starts at DKK 35,700, (EUR 4,800) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Faculty of Humanities offer a starting package for tenure-track assistant professors, please read more here:

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

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here: 
New to Denmark (
For international researchers at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (

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

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2023 at 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen


Ansøgningsfrist: 15-01-2023
Ansættelsesdato: 01-04-2023
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk

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