Professorship in multilingualism and parallel language use in a university context, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen

The Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a professorship in multilingualism and parallel language use in a university context, with an expected start date of 1 December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job content
The Centre is seeking to appoint a professor with research qualifications and experience at the highest level in the field of multilingualism and parallel language use in a university context. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out fields of inquiry into how languages are used both by staff in their research, teaching and administration work and by students in education and learning contexts. Key research areas include language use at the University, language assessments of students and staff, language policy as a balance between national and international needs and interests, and university pedagogy, focusing on literacy, domain-specific language or the integration of language and subject teaching (in the form of English-Medium Instruction, Danish-Medium Instruction, Content and Language Integrated Learning, language as a supplementary skill, etc.). The Centre works with Danish, English and a number of other languages that are used at the University of Copenhagen, and these will be relevant to the professorship both as individual languages and in the general approach to multilingualism. In addition, the Centre participates in joint development projects across the University. The successful candidate will therefore have experience of developing linguistic themes in practice over and above their research work. The Centre combines research, teaching, consultancy and development in university languages, and an important aspect of this is the teamwork between different groups of employees both within and outside the Centre.

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.

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, pedagogy and didactics as in the field of research, research collaboration and research organization. Applicants with documentation of excellent teaching skills including experience with development of teaching and with experiences and reflections on how most effectively to integrate research and teaching activities will be given priority.

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

In addition, emphasis will be placed on the following professional and personal qualifications:
The successful candidate will have strong research qualifications in the area described above (in the job content). Applicants should therefore be able to document experience of applied linguistic research or sociolinguistic research in a university context. In addition, applicants must be familiar with the Danish or at least the Nordic education system, with a particular focus on higher education. The successful candidate will be interested in collaborating with other researchers and employees at the Centre and be willing to take part in joint language development and needs analysis projects across the Centre and the University as well as with external stakeholders from outside the university.

The Centre is seeking applicants who are interested in participating in and contributing to an interdisciplinary and multilingual workplace with a strong shared culture and who are interested in supporting the development and use of languages across the university. It is important that you have a flexible approach to tasks in a dynamic workplace where decisions often have to be made at short notice, so you will be expected to jump in and deal with a situation as it arises and to think creatively in order to come up with new and innovative solutions.

Six overall criteria apply for 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 UCPH criteria here:

Find more information for recognising merit for professors here:

The Centre has both Danish and English as working languages, and it is therefore expected that applicants master academic English in both formal and informal situations. In addition, non-Danish speakers are expected to be able to understand spoken and written Danish after a short period (6 months) and that they will be able to acquire the necessary speaking and writing skills in Danish after a further two years. The Centre can provide intensive language support and training in both Danish and English as required.

Further details about the qualification requirements for professors can be found in the ministerial Order on 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 (

For further information about the position, please contact Director, Professor, Anne Holmen, e-mail:

Please click “Apply now” below to submit the application online. All attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format.

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

  • Application letter/cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & 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 seven publications for assessment, of which at least three 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 7.

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 Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French will be assessed.

Appointment procedure
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 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 211-0165/22-2K #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 54,105 (EUR 7,270) + 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:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here: http://ism.ku.dk and

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

The closing date for applications is 31 May at 23:59 [CEST]

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


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Application deadline: 31-05-2022Employment start: 01-11-2022Department/Location: Center for Internationalisering og Parallelsproglighed

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