1 June 2012

Associate Professorship in Southeast Asian Studies/Thai

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS), Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for an Associate Professorship of Southeast Asian Studies/ Thai to be filled by 1 September 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies works with languages, cultures, religion and society, primarily in the world outside Western Europe and the US. Cross-cultural competences and knowledge of the complexity of the world are of vital importance in the globalised world - politically, economically, and culturally.

Job content


• Conducting original academic research on a subject in the history and society of Southeast Asia. The appointee may be from any academic discipline.

• Designing and teaching courses on the history and society of Southeast Asia on B.A. and M.A. levels. The appointee is also expected to give supervision to Ph.D. candidates.

• Teaching the Thai language on all levels and if possible, teaching Bahasa Indonesia or any other Southeast Asian language.

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking applicants are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach as well as interact with colleagues and students.


• To develop and teach courses on the B.A. and M.A. levels on the history and society of Southeast Asia relevant to the curriculum.

• To teach Thai language courses on all levels and to serve as the coordinator for the Thai language program.

• To give examinations in all courses taught.

• To participate fully in all international programs of the Southeast Asian Studies section, for example, teaching in the summer school on the campus of the National University of Singapore every other year.

• General administrative duties in the department and active engagement in socially-related activities such as dissemination of knowledge to the general public, participation in media interviews etc.

• To be prepared to participate in multidisciplinary courses organized by the department at large (please consult www.tors.ku.dk).

Qualification requirements

The associated 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 participate in academic assessment panels.

When appointing a candidate to the post as associate professor, we stress that the applicant must have research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successful employment as an assistant professor, including a PhD degree or equivalent in any field in Southeast Asian Studies.

The applicant for the associate professorship in Southeast Asian Studies/ Thai must show proof of native or near native competence in the Thai language, proof of native or near-native competence in English, and proof of competence in teaching Thai as a second language.

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following:

• Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research and the degree of originality and production

• The applicant’s 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, including the ability to conduct teaching in both Danish and English.

• Administrative qualifications

• Research management

• Participation in networks – national and international


The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.

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

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

Application letter/cover letter

Appendix 1: CV

Appendix 2: Documentation of qualifications (degree certificates/PhD diploma, 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 five publications for assessment, of which at least three 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 1-5.

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.

Salary and conditions of employment

The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad.

University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage all interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 28 June 2012.

Please quote reference number 211-0506/11-4550 in your application.