Eight tenure track positions Assistant Professor - Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS)

1 Mar 2024 - 00:00

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS) seeks to fill eight tenure track positions at the Assistant Professor level. DIAS Assistant Professor tenure track positions run for up to six years, after which tenure will be offered subject to positive evaluations and reviews.

The successful candidate must have an international profile and a strong emerging record of research and funding excellence as well as novel ideas with a clear potential to expand our frontiers of knowledge.

DIAS is growing, and this call is in fact the first of five calls: DIAS will hire a minimum of five research fellows at the Assistant Professor level per year for the next five years (2024-2028). Thus, DIAS is looking to hire a total of 25-35 Assistant Professors. We consider this a unique opportunity to hire top talent, to offer exceptional opportunities for outstanding researchers, and to attract “rising stars” to our ambitious and interdisciplinary environment. 

The positions are joint positions at DIAS and a department at one of the five faculties at University of Southern Denmark (SDU). The candidate will thus have two affiliations—DIAS and the department—and is expected to contribute to both. Tenure will be offered in the department with continued affiliation with DIAS. 

In line with DIAS’s unique and ambitious research aims, DIAS Assistant Professors have reduced teaching obligations compared to a regular Assistant Professor position at SDU. Likely the Assistant Professor will also receive startup or seed funding from the department, though this is subject to negotiation in the hiring process. 

The starting date for the positions is August 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. 


DIAS aims to inspire groundbreaking ideas across the sciences and humanities. DIAS is particularly committed to the development and promotion of young researchers of exceptional talent. At present, DIAS is home to 17 DIAS Fellows from five faculties, and the applicant will join this group. DIAS also comprises eminent academics appointed as Chairs and Senior Fellows. DIAS offers an interdisciplinary research environment where the selected candidate will be able to interact with outstanding researchers from the five faculties at University of Southern Denmark as well as visiting researchers and fellows. DIAS expects the candidate to compete for prestigious and important funds, such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and ERC starting grants. DIAS and SDU offer research support services.

For more information about DIAS activities: https://www.sdu.dk/en/forskning/dias

Questions can be addressed to Director of DIAS, Sten Rynning, sry@sam.sdu.dk

The Faculty of Humanities is seeking to appoint one fellow within Human-centered IT in 2024. The research fields might include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Humanities 

  • Educational AI 

  • Human-centered AI 

  • Designing for learning CT 

  • IT-mediated Learning

  • Humanistic eScience 

  • Contact: Marianne Wolff Lundholt, Head of Department, Department of Design, Media and Educational Science, malu@sdu.dk 

  • Read more here: https://www.sdu.dk/en/humancenteredit 

To English-speaking applicants: Please make sure to enter the electronic application form via the English website to receive further information in English.

Application, salary, etc.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information about salary and taxation.

Teaching obligations will be reduced compared to a regular Assistant Professor position at SDU.

To qualify for the position as Assistant Professor you must have obtained a PhD degree by the application deadline.

An application must include:

  • A motivation letter

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae

  • A copy of important certificates/diplomas

  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as teaching portfolio

  • A complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position

  • Up to five of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication

  • Three letters of recommendation from established international researchers

  • A research and publication plan for the next three years, including a description of the synergy with the department activities as well as the potential for benefitting from the interdisciplinarity at DIAS

Application and all appendices must be in English. Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. 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 applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the faculty 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. You can find more information about shortlisting at SDU on our website Assessment of applicants for academic staff positions. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment. 

Applications should be sent electronically via the link "apply online". 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 Work 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.

SDU and DIAS wish our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. SDU was founded in 1966 and now has more than 27,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from abroad. It has more than 3,800 employees, and 115 different study programmes in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering. Its main campus is located in Odense, the third largest city in Denmark, but is present also in Kolding, Sønderborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen. 
DIAS hosts Chairs and fellows from the entire university but is located in Odense. 

Odense provides family-friendly living conditions with the perfect combination of a historic city centre with an urban feel and yet close proximity to beaches and recreational areas. Its location on the beautiful island of Funen is ideal with easy access by train or highway to the bigger cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen. As the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s famous fairytale author, the city is home to a vibrant and creative population that hosts numerous festivals and markets throughout the year.