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Syddansk Universitet

Syddansk Universitet

Indrykket 02-01-2019

Associate Professor in Library Science and Knowledge Communication

The Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Humanities, invites applications for a position as associate professor in Library Science and Knowledge Communication. The educational program is located at the university's campus in Kolding and the position is available from September 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Department of Design and Communication is a humanistic department with a strong interdisciplinary orientation which offers a broad range of study programs in the areas of communication, design, IT, information studies and tourism. Applicants are expected both to support and develop the department's bachelor program in Library Science and Knowledge Communication and to contribute to the inter- and transdisciplinary research atmosphere at the department.


The applicant is expected to have strong qualifications within at least 2 of the following 4 areas:


  • Public libraries

  • Libraries, information and society

  • Users and use studies

  • Media and genre studies



Applicants must document:


  • Substantial scientific and high-level research (documented, for instance, by peer-reviewed publications within the areas of documentation and information research or library science

  • Pedagogical skills and teaching experience

  • Practical experience from library, archive or documentation sector is not required but would be highly welcomed.



The position involves among other tasks:


  • Teaching, particularly in the department's BA program in Library Science, but also within related programs such as the BA program in Information Science, IT and Interaction Design and the Master program in Web Communication

  • Active participation in at least one of the department's research programmes (cf. http://www.sdu.dk/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/Idk/Forskning)  

  • Contributions to the development of both new research and study programmes within the fields of information, documentation and web communication

  • Initiation for and participation in applications for external funding.



Appointment as associate professor presupposes scientific qualifications corresponding to the requirements of this position at university level.

The applicant is expected to hold a PhD degree within a field relevant for the above-mentioned qualifications. For the associate professorship teaching skills and a pedagogical base knowledge are required matching the qualifications typically acquired during an assistant professorship including a practical course in higher education didactics (corresponding to the "adjunktpædagogikum" of the Danish University system/ professional postgraduate teacher training).


International staff is expected to be able to teach in Danish after a two-year period.


For further information, please contact Per Krogh Hansen, Head of Department, pkha@sdu.dk, tel. +45 6550 1451.


Application, salary and conditions of employment, etc.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.


If the successful applicant has not documented teaching experience corresponding to assistant professor level, the applicant will be employed on trial for the first 18 months.  Appointment to this position may also include teaching obligations regarding related degree programmes.


An application must include:


  • Application letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Diplomas/Certificates

  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)

  • List of publications indicating the publications attached

  • A maximum of 6 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.

  • If the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf



Applicants for an associate professorship at the Faculty of Humanities are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more here.


Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.  We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.


Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the committee will assess whether you are qualified to be an Assistant Professor. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.


When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants qualifications. 


If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.


Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.


Applications should be sent electronically via the link apply online, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information How to apply before applying.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.


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

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