10 December 2010

Postdoctoral position at NIAS

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The position is a 1½-year appointment. The appointment may be extended subject to sufficient funds. Expected date of appointment is 1 May 2011 or soon thereafter.


Postdoctoral positions require qualifications at PhD level.

The postdoctoral position is a fixed-term academic position. Normally, the position will be heavily weighted in favour of research. In addition, a certain amount of teaching may also be required. Other duties may, furthermore, have to be performed to a limited extent. The University determines the exact ration between the various responsibilities. The ratio may vary over time.

The position will not contribute to a broadening of pedagogical competencies. Therefore, the postdoctoral position may not alone qualify for appointment as associate professor/senior researcher.

The prerequisite qualifications are in agreement with the stipulations of the Danish Circular on Job structure for Institutions of Higher Education under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Job description

Successful candidates will have a well established research network in one of the Nordic countries and a strong Asia research profile.

With social science research at our core, we, at NIAS, work interdisciplinary and comparatively. We work closely with partners in Asia and have a clear focus on developing and strengthening cooperation and connections to the Nordic research community.

The research conducted at NIAS and the information disseminated in the upcoming period fall under the umbrella of our research programme Mapping the Mental Landscapes of Eurasia. Current Responses to Changing Environmental and Socio-Cultural Conditions. It is our vision that this research programme creates a focal point for the Institute and promotes our internal and external partnerships. Candidates working with projects and who have a network that would both suit and strengthen this programme are encouraged to submit an application.

At NIAS we strive for a balanced combination of a sharp academic focus and a healthy working environment. It is therefore a prerequisite that the successful candidate endeavours to have a close working relationship with the colleagues at the Institute.

The successful candidate will be employed in a temporary full-time position for 1½ years. Remuneration is in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by University of Copenhagen. Any extension of the contract will depend on the financial situation of the Institute at the end of the 1½-year employment period. It is a central task of all staff at NIAS to seek external funding in support of the Institute's activities.

Salary and conditions of employment

Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

Currently, the monthly salary for postdoctoral researchers begins around EUR 4,800 including supplement and pension. Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reduction, if they have not lived in Denmark within the last 3 years.


The application, documentation and marked publications should be submitted in 5 copies (publications only in 3 copies).

The application must be written in English and include in the following order:
• A full curriculum vitae - including full contact details (name, address, telephone & e-mail)
• A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application - maximum 3 - that you wish for the assessment committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*).
• An outline of the planned research (2 pages)
• A short description of previous research (1 page)
• A track record of fundraising and external funding of research projects
• Documentation of experience with participation in research networks
• Documentation of experience with mass media relations

The University welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences will announce the members of the assessment committee when the deadline for applications has expired. It should be noted that the assessment committee could require supplementary documentation for the assessment. If so, the applicant will be notified.

When the assessment committee has finished its evaluation, each applicant will receive the part of the committee's assessment that relates to him-/herself.

Applications should be marked ‘ref.no. 211-0002/10-2800' and sent to:

Att.: Rector
The Faculty of Social Sciences
Øster Farimagsgade 5
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

Deadline for applications including any and all material is 10 January 2011 at 12.00. Material received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

Electronic applications are not accepted. The application must be sent by regular mail and include a reply e-mail address.

About NIAS

NIAS -Nordic Institute for Asian Studies is an institute for area studies with Nordic roots, under the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Institute also has contractual obligations to the Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR). The Institute is primarily financed by NMR, the University of Copenhagen and 23 member institutions in the Nordic NIAS Council as well as through project funding from Nordic and international funding bodies.