Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology of Sport | Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen

sociology-of-sportAt the Section of Human and Social Sciences at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (Copenhagen University) a position as assistant professor (tenure track) is available.

The position includes research and teaching in the sociology of sport. Ability to combine sociological and health research methods will be beneficial. Applicants from general sociology that want to specialize in sport sociology are also invited to apply.

The assistant professor of the sociology of sport will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community, which performs to the highest international level in research and publications and will be part of an interdisciplinary research environment which the newly merged department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports offers in the heart of Copenhagen. In addition, there will be rich opportunities for close working relations with other social science departments in Copenhagen.

Duties of the post

The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within the field:

  1. To carry out own research that also contributes and further develops the main sociological research areas of the section.
  2. To contribute to the provision and development of the Department’s masters programmes and supervision of post-graduate students as well as contributing to graduate and undergraduate teaching.
  3. To participate in international networks and contribute in inter- and cross-scientific research that amalgamates cultural studies and natural sciences perspectives within food and exercise.
  4. To obtain external funding.

The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high 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 considered. Out-reach qualifications of applicants including the ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

During your employment as tenure track assistant professor, you must participate in the formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors at the Faculty of Science to qualify for a permanent position.

Your performance will be evaluated after no more than six years of employment and, if the ‘final appraisal’ is positive, you will be employed as associate professor.

Qualifications required

The applicant is required to have a Ph.D. in sociology, human/social science of sport or related subjects and possess teaching and research experience at university level.

The applicant has to document research activities and publications in the field related to the post. The applicant has to demonstrate the potential to conduct research and to work in a team.

Desirable attributes of the candidate

  • An international acknowledgement for high quality research in sociology of sport, with a particular strength in research in one or more of the following broad fields: sociology of the body; sport policy; figurational sociology, globalization, health and welfare and/or social theory (change of social behavior)
  • Skills in cross-scientific collaboration
  • The ability to work effectively and collegially as part of a team
  • Teaching competence in higher education

The candidate must speak fluent English. Furthermore it is an advantage to speak Danish, since the position will include teaching duties in Danish within a few years.

Vision of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (http://nexs.ku.dk/english/)

The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences has recently been merged with the Department of Human Nutrition. The aim of the newly formed Department is to provide research and research-based education at the highest international level and to conduct research within physical activity and nutrition with the aim of strengthening the scientific basis for health promotion and curing illnesses.

The position is open from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. Duties include the successful applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows. The successful applicant must also teach, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfil other tasks requested by the Department. Information on the Department is presented at www.science.ku.dk/institutter, and enquiries about the position can be made to Prof Arne Astrup, Head of Department, tel. +45 353-32476 and ast@nexs.ku.dk.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 403,682 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,030). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY ONLINE below. Please note that the materials that should be considered in the assessment must be attached the application form you will find under APPLY ONLINE.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae (with applicants e-mail address & telephone number)
  • Diplomas
  • Description (max. 5 pages) of current and proposed research including its relation to other research at the Department
  • Description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications according to university guidelines – please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • The candidate must have an international research profile. Please describe and document:
    • International network and relations
    • Internationally based activities
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
  • Other relevant information:
    • Outreach activities, i.e. popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
  • Complete publication list
  • Reprints of the five selected papers

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 28 September 2014Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 4 December 2014.

Candidates who are invited to interviews/trial lectures will be asked for contact details of two professional references.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0299.

Apply for the position!

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