Associate Professor in Modern English Language

At the Department of Culture and Global Studies, The Faculty of Humanities, a position as Associate Professor in Modern English Language is available from 1 May or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The primary tasks of the position are research in English language and teaching in the linguistic dimension of the English studies programmes. The applicant must have solid knowledge of modern linguistic disciplines and modern English language. The applicant must be able to document research in modern English language at associate professorship level within one or several of the following areas: sociolinguistics, stylistics, discourse studies, cognitive linguistics, functional grammar, applied linguistics and/or translation studies. Researchers whose work focuses on English in an American context are particularly welcome to apply.

In terms of teaching, the position is primarily affiliated to the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in English, but it may also include teaching obligations in other programmes in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, and the Master’s Programme in Culture, Communication and Globalization.

In addition to the applicant's own research area(s), the position includes teaching and project supervision in discourse studies, sociolinguistics, stylistics, general linguistics, and core English language disciplines (such as grammar, phonetics, phonology, text revision, written presentation, and oral language proficiency). Applicants must specify in which of these areas they have teaching qualifications and experience. Applicants who are qualified to teach in other areas of the programmes mentioned above should specify this in their application.

As teaching, supervision and examination activities are conducted in English in the English programmes at Aalborg University, applicants must master English at a high academic level. Applicants must also be able to supervise and assess written and oral presentation as well as English proficiency. Experience with teaching English as a foreign language is considered helpful for the position, but not mandatory. It would be an advantage, but is not a prerequisite, if the applicant has experience with PBL (problem based learning). In any case, the new employee is expected to acquaint himself/herself with the principles of PBL.

In terms of personal qualities, the applicant is expected to have strong interpersonal skills and to be able to participate in team teaching as well as planning of teaching and research activities with colleagues. In addition, the applicant must be able to establish and maintain good relations with researchers with different cultural and political backgrounds.

The new employee will be affiliated to the Department's Research Group in Languages and Linguistics with the opportunity of affiliation to other research groups of his/her choice. Regular attendance at the Department is required. In addition, applicants must be prepared to participate actively in all aspects of the day-to-day activities in the Department and in the study programmes, including solving administrative tasks. For information about the research profile of the Department etc., please consult the Department's website at:

Associate professorship 
An appointment as associate professor is a permanent appointment which includes an obligation to carry out research and teaching activities. To some extent, additional tasks may be defined by the University.

Applicants for the associate professorship are required to possess research qualifications at such a level as can be attained through the successful completion of a term of employment as assistant professor, researcher, postdoc or other similar positions. Applicants must document research at an international level. In addition, applicants are assumed to have received supervision and pedagogical skills development and to have obtained a positive written assessment of their teaching qualifications.

The application must contain the following:

  • Your CV
  • A complete publication list specifying publication types (monographs, co-authored publications, journals, etc.). All attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment must be clearly indicated in the list. No more than ten publications may be attached.
  • In case you attach joint publications, a co-author statement must be enclosed specifying your contribution to the joint work. The co-author statement must be signed by at least one of the co-authors Template
  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications (Guide)
  • Copies of your degree certificates (including Master’s and PhD certificates) 

Applicants will be assessed by an expert assessment committee. Applicants may subsequently be invited to an interview and/or asked to give a trial lecture.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Any enquiries about the position may be addressed to Associate professor, Steen Ledet Christiansen, email, or Associate professor Rita Cancino, email 

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Lisbeth Palmelund at the Faculty Office via email: or telephone (+ 45) 9940 7553. Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English.

Expectations for a scientific employee can be found here.


Employment will be in accordance with the stipulations of the Danish Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (The Appointment Order), and the Danish Ministry of Finance's current circular on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and remuneration will be in accordance with the collective agreements for academics employed by the Danish state.

Vacancy number



Tue Nov 20 00:00:00 CET 2018

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Online application - some good advice

Online application - some good advice

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If you experience technical problems, we encourage you to try again. If the technical problems, contrary to expectation, cannot be solved, please contact the member of staff listed as the contact person in the job advertisement.