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211-0574 Professor of History of Science

The Niels Bohr Archive and the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark invite applications for a new permanent position in history of science at full professor level.

We seek a professor to design and develop a new research centre for the history of science located at the Niels Bohr Archive and who will conduct innovative historical research projects involving the Niels Bohr Archive‘s rich archival collections (which are constantly being supplemented).

The professor is expected to collaborate closely with the Director of the Niels Bohr Archive in developing the Archive, its activities and its resources. The professor will be appointed in a university position the Department of Science Education and will be affiliated with the section’s research group on history and philosophy of science and science studies.

Applicants must document an outstanding, international publication record in the history of 20th century science, as well as a strong record in acquiring external funding, in developing and running a successful research unit, and in supervising junior scholars. Knowledge of the development of twentieth century physics is required.

Duties include fund raising for the center, research management such as supervision of research fellows and other staff as well as the professor’s own research. In addition, the professor may offer courses and thesis supervision to students at the University of Copenhagen.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

The University has allocated resources for recruiting a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student, in the expectation that the new professor shall work actively to obtain supplementary funding for the centre, including support for additional PhD students and postdocs, as well as for visiting professors, workshops, conferences, etc.

The Niels Bohr Archive is an independent organization overseen by the University of Copenhagen. It holds extensive archival material documenting the life and work of Niels Bohr, the institute he founded and the tradition created at the institute. The Archive has established itself as a centre for documenting the history of modern physics and its social and philosophical implications. It is currently working to expand its archival and research activities.

The Department of Science Education forms part of the Faculty of Science and covers research in history and philosophy of science and science studies, science and mathematics education, and higher education. The Department offers courses to students at the Faculty of Science and at the University of Copenhagen in general, and it collaborates closely with other departments at the Faculty of Science as well as with relevant departments at other faculties at UCPH.

Further information on the Niels Bohr Archive can be found at; further information on the Department of Science Education can be found at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Hanne Andersen at , phone +45 93565245 or to the chairman of the Board of Directors for the NBA, Vilhelm Bohr at , phone +14438504026.

The position is open from January 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Commencing salary is currently DKK 605.528 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 103.545)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW.

Please include
- Curriculum vitae including information about external funding, project management and supervision of junior researchers
- Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
- Research plan – description of current and future research plans
- A description (~5 pages) of the applicant’s visions for a research center in history of science at the University of Copenhagen, including its relation to the Niels Bohr Archive as well as to the research group on history and philosophy of science and science studies at the Department of Science Education.
- Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
- Complete publication list
- Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for application is 12 August 2018 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 7 December 2018.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0574.

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