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Open-rank Academic Position(S) in Social, Developmental and Integration Psychology

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The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), invites applications for at least one full-time open-rank position (i.e., Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor/ Full Professor) in Social, Developmental, and Integration Psychology.

The position is available from 1 November 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The call includes the following types of positions:

  • Assistant Professor/Tenure-Track Assistant Professor: The position as Assistant Professor is a fixed-term teaching and research position of four years with the possibility of one or two years’ extension. The position as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor offers the candidate a contract of six years that can result in a tenured associate professorship (contingent on positive evaluation).
  • Associate Professor/ associate professor on the promotion programme: The position as associate professor is a permanent position with research and teaching obligations. Particularly talented associate professors can enter into a promotion programme that can lead to employment as a professor within a maximum of 8 years after appointment.
  • Full Professor: The position is a permanent position with research and teaching obligations.


The hired candidate(s) will join a group of faculty members teaching into the Master’s in Social, Developmental and Integration Psychology, as well as into related fields in the undergraduate and master’s programmes, and will also contribute to research in the Department. Information about the overall Masters programme can be found here, with the target programme described under Module 400:

Candidates appointed at the tenure track level would support delivery of the established Master’s programme under the guidance of more senior staff. Candidates appointed at the Associate and Full Professor level would be expected to be willing to take over coordination of the programme and develop this further.

Candidates whose work critically examines connections between individual psychological outcomes and institutional, community, societal, political and cultural settings, and whose research has the potential to inform practice in the Danish context are especially welcome to apply, as are candidates with strong potential for collaborations with other research groups in the Department and across the Faculty and University more widely. We also welcome applicants with a strong background in research methods — especially those with a background in qualitative or mixed methods – and capacity to teach contemporary research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

The Department

The Department for Psychology at the University of Copenhagen is organized around 4 main research clusters: Personality, Educational, Work and Organizational Psychology; Humanistic Psychology; Clinical and Health Psychology, and Cognitive and Neuro Psychology.

Education at the Department is directed towards the psychological profession and is characterized by a high level of critical engagement with theoretical, methodological, and applied contents. Our education also connects to other scientific disciplines and the department takes part in several interdisciplinary academic programmes.

Research at the Department is of high international and ethical standards and is characterized by a fundamental curiosity to shed light on various phenomena from a psychological perspective. Our research takes advantage of a strong synergistic interaction between basic and applied psychological research and knowledge, as well as of interdisciplinary approaches.

For further information about the Department, please see:

For a more detailed presentation of our current departmental strategy, please see:

For a summary of our Departmental Code of Conduct, please see:

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities of the posts include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting high quality basic or applied research, delivering excellent teaching and support to students across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and fulfilling additional roles and responsibilities depending on the level of appointment.

We expect applicants to conduct and develop their own research in synergy with the ongoing work within the Department, and to contribute to implementing the current departmental strategy and helping to define our ongoing shared goals and aspirations.

Your Competencies and Opportunities:

To apply for the position, candidates must hold a PhD degree in Psychology, or a neighboring field, an active research programme of relevance to Social, Developmental and Integration Psychology. Additional required qualifications and experiences are commensurate with rank.

Candidates must have an emerging (Assistant Professor) or established (Associate and Full Professor) track record of successful research and research-based teaching within the field, as well as experience with supervision of junior researchers for Associate and Full Professor appointments.

It is essential that candidates have strong collaborative skills and are willing to take on organizational citizenship or leadership roles (commensurate with rank) within the Department of Psychology.

The Department of Psychology views teaching as an integral part of employment at the department. Therefore, candidates should be able to demonstrate experience with teaching and teaching planning and coordination. Associate and Full Professor appointments would be expected to have undergone a formal education in teaching and learning in higher education.

Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal skills as well as an aptitude for working collaboratively with colleagues in planning and delivering teaching, in research projects and in the discharge of administrative duties.

Furthermore, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to student learning, supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience.

Merit criteria and career progression:

Six general criteria apply to the employment of assistant professors, associate professors and professors at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and management) are considered as a framework for an overall assessment of the applicant. In addition, each applicant must be assessed according to the specific requirements set out in the advertisement.

Information about the criteria for recognizing merit at Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels can be found here:

Employment as an assistant professor requires academic qualifications that at PhD level. The assistant professorship is an educational position where the main tasks are research (including publication / academic dissemination duties) and research-based teaching (with related examination duties). Assistant professors must complete a university pedagogical programme and a written assessment of the teaching qualifications must be provided no later than three months before the termination of employment.The position as assistant professor may be filled as part of a tenure track programme under which the employee after a maximum of six years transfers to employment as an associate professor. Such transfer requires that the employee is assessed and found to be academically qualified for the level of associate professor. The department will continuously follow up on the assistant professor’s development in relation to the set criteria.More information about the tenure-track Assistant Professor programme for promotion to Associate Professor can be found here: as an associate professor requires research and teaching qualifications at the level that can be achieved through the satisfactory completion of a period of employment as an assistant professor. An associate professor must be able to participate in the department’s general administration and examinations as well as in assessment committees.

The position as associate professor on the promotion programme:

The University of Copenhagen offers particularly talented associate professors employment with the possibility to enter into a promotion programme that can lead to employment as a professor. To be employed as an associate professor on the promotion programme, the candidate must both qualify to work as an associate professor now and demonstrate the potential to transition into a position as a professor at the end of the programme. Both will be assessed based on the UCHP criteria for merit. An associate professor is usually on the promotion programme for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 8 years. During the programme, there will be annual interviews with the head of department to assess if the associate professor is “on track”. The programme ends with a final assessment before transitioning to professorship.

Learn more about the UCPH promotion programme here.

Employment as a professor requires a documented high degree of original academic production at an international level and experience from teaching at different levels, including tests / exams, course / study  programme management as well as contributions to the development of teaching activities and teaching material. A professor is expected to participate in all activities of the department, including examinations and administration as well as manage research projects, guidance and supervision as well as assessment committees.

Further information on qualification requirements as assistant professor, associate professor and professor can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 2019 here:

Contact information
Additional information about the position can be obtained from:

Head of Department, professor Vibeke Jenny Koushede. E-mail: [email protected]; Tlf.: +4535320511

Professor Signe Vangkilde. E-mail: [email protected]; Tlf.: +4535324885

Professor Thomas Morton. E-mail: [email protected]; Tlf.: +4535326356

Terms of appointment

Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne). In addition to the salary a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme is paid. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. 

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:
Non-Danish speaking employees are strongly encourage to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 3-6 years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language training

An Equal Opportunity Workplace

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see

How to Apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply.

The application material must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP files and files that exceeds 20 MB cannot be uploaded.

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application (max. 3 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates and Diplomas
  • Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with * on the list to be assessed.
  • Publications. Applicants who apply for a position at the assistant or associate professor level can submit a maximum of 6 publications. Applicants who apply for a position at the professor level can submit a maximum of 10 publications. The 6/10 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 6/1 to 10.
  • Research plan that includes a brief description of previous research as well as a plan for the next few years.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
  • Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly specified. The hiring committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.


The indication must be as accurate as possible. If, at the assistant professor level, you are applying for both the fixed-term assistant professorship and the tenure-track assistant professorship, it must be stated that you are applying for both. If, at the associate professor level, you are applying for both a regular associate professorship and an associate professorship on the promotion program, it must be stated that you are applying for both. If you are applying for several different positions or positions at several levels, please indicate 1st and 2nd priority.

The recruitment process

Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: [email protected], please refer to ID number: 211-0175/22-2K

The closing date for applications is 15 August 2022 at 23:59 [*CEST/CET]

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.

*(Centraleuropean summertime=CEST/CET = normal time)

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