Director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)

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We invite applications for the position as director of Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at Department of Political Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The position is available from 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Applications are sought from eminent candidates, on the level of associate professor, professor with special responsibility or full professor, who will be able to manage and develop the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies and to participate in and develop Asia related activities at the Faculty of Social Sciences and at the University of Copenhagen  
A successful applicant must possess significant managerial and strategic competences as well as the relevant academic competences.  
Managerial and strategic competences  

  • Experience with strategy development and implementation of strategies in a university context  
  • Experience with managing networks, information resources and policy-work, preferably in a university context  
  • Proven teambuilding and team-development competences  
  • Proven ability to motivate and manage the performance of researchers and professionals at the institute  
  • Proven communication and networking skills  
  • Proven ability and experience in attracting external funding  

 Academic Competences  

  • In-depth knowledge of regional studies in Asia in general as well a particular Asian country or region  
  • Knowledge of the Nordic region and its interrelationship with Asia  
  • A proven record of academic and policy impact  

These generic academic competences should be demonstrated on different levels depending on whether the applicant applies for an associate professorship, a professorship with special responsibilities or a full professorship.  
Applicants must submit a brief (no more than 3 pages) vision statement on how they will develop the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. The vision statement should include the top three strategic priorities for NIAS in the next 5 years, the institute’s integration into the University’s research environment on Asia as well as the University’s Asian Dynamics Initiative and a description of how these goals should be realized.  
The directorship is a five-year position, but a successful candidate will be employed on a permanent basis as a member of the Faculty of the Department of Political Science.

Job description  
The director is responsible to the NIAS board and the Head of the Political Science Department. The director is responsible for the daily management of the institute and its employees. The director is responsible for liaising with the institute’s stakeholders and partners in the Nordic region as well as with the Nordic Council of Ministers. The director also represent the institute in Nordic and international media. The director must set the strategic direction and supervise the continuous development of the Institute’s products. Furthermore, the director must in a proactive manner participate in and develop the Asian Dynamic Initiative and other Asian related activities at the University of Copenhagen as part of strengthening the future development of NIAS.  

Applications must be in English and must include the following information and documentation:  
A cover letter that indicates whether you wish to apply for the position at the level of associate professor, professor with special responsibilities or the full professor – and/or a priority between the three positions.  
A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous, present employment, and academic background, including a record of research and international  
research cooperation.  
A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – a maximum of 10 – that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider, should be marked with an asterisk (*). Please note that at the associate professor level only a maximum of 6 publications are required.  

Teaching portfolio in accordance with the Faculty’s rules:  

  • Documentation of experience with managing research and/or teaching  
  • Documentation of the ability to collaborate and share knowledge with society  
  • Vision statement  
  • A portfolio detailing competences in research-based think tank and policy-work.  

If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.  

Application procedure  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him-/herself. The recruitment process is presented at  
Further information about the application procedure is available from HR Søndre City, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 13121#1.  
The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  
Additional information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Tel: +45 2118 1048Ring op: +45 2118 1048, email:  
The deadline for applications, including enclosures, is 5 January 2019 (at 12 Noon, Danish Time)  

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  
Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.