Stelle: Postdoctoral position (University of Copenhagen)

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen:
Postdoctoral position (3-year) in radio aesthetics and transnational radio encounters
Start: 1 February, 2014
Deadline: 1 November 2013.

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in radio aesthetics and transnational radio encounters to be filled by 1 February 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies encompasses international research and education from undergraduate to PhD-level within the subjects of Dance Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture, Musicology, Theatre and Performance Studies and Visual Culture.

At the department we study and teach the histories of the individual art forms and artistic practices from antiquity to the present day. Furthermore we examine the mutual interaction between the different art forms, and their relations to defining tendencies in culture and society in an international perspective in a way, which contributes to the expansion and actualising of the traditional scholarly subjects of art and culture. For more information please visit

Job content
The postdoc will 2/3 of the time take part in the TRE-project, financed by HERA 2013-2016. TRE investigates how radio structures cultural encounters. Perhaps more than any other medium, radio has articulated modern ideas of culture, nationality and identity. Still, from its very beginning radio also has a history of transculturalism, documented in early short-wave practices, in transborder listening, in international services, community radio and in collaborations between broadcasters.

TRE looks for the aesthetic, institutional and material features of such transnational radio encounters and asks what sorts of cultural identities and interactions they support. Particularly, since archived radio material comes increasingly into circulation, the project explores how archival practices might take part in erasing, reflecting or even creating new transnational encounters. Combining historical and contemporary analyses TRE ultimately seeks to contribute to future broadcasting policy, research and archival practice as well as rights management across borders.

The 6 work packages are structured according to crosscutting themes of:

  • Aesthetics & Territoriality, investigating the intersections between auditory expression and feelings of belonging evoked by radio.
  • Infrastructures & Public Spheres, investigating how radio infrastructures structures public and counter-public spheres.
  • Archive & Cultural Memory, investigating how and where transnational encounters in and through radio have been archived and re-circulated, and how broadcasting archives have been used in transnational radio encounters.

The postdoc will take part in TRE IP3: “Transmitting across borders and institutions”. This work package focuses on collaborative radio transmissions between more than one national broadcasting company. Such co-transmissions have been a feature of broadcasting in Europe since the first decade of institutionalized radio broadcasting.

The project will establish an overview of the history of co-transmissions with a special focus on pan-European co-productions mediated by international organizations such as the (pre-war) International Broadcasting Union (IBU) or its post-war successor, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It will further conduct case studies of specific types of programming within this framework ex. city portraits, music contests or sport transmissions.

Applicants are encouraged to build one or more case studies on a specific type of program preferably in the interwar period, as well as to suggest approaches to establishing the overview mentioned above.
The IP is lead by Assistant Professor Jacob Kreutzfeldt.

1/3 of the position will include teaching and other department relevant work. During this time the postdoc is invited to follow the general course in university pedagogy for Assistant Professors, Adjunktpædagogikum.

Qualification requirements
In order to be considered for the position, applicants must hold a PhD degree or similar qualifications.

  • Experience in the fields of radio aesthetics, radio history and cultural heritage.
  • Research experience in digital or physical media archives.
  • Interest in methodological considerations in relation to digital research infrastructures.
  • Abilities to teach courses within the fields of modern culture and auditory culture.

The following professional qualifications and personal competences are furthermore required:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the advertisement for the position.
  • Documented teaching qualifications (including the ability to conduct teaching in English).
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  • Participation in networks – national and international

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students.
For further details about the qualification requirements for postdoctoral positions, please refer to Circular no. 9427 of 13 June 2007 concerning the job structure for academic staff (only in Danish)

For further information about the position, please contact Jacob Kreutzfeldt (

The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

The application must be written in Danish or English and include the following enclosures:

Application letter/cover letter
Appendix 1:
Appendix 2:
Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
Appendix 3:
Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with an asterisk
Appendix 4:
Research plan: a short description of previous research and an outline of one or two relevant cases within the research framework of TRE and IP3 (see above) / a plan of initiatives to be taken and sources to consult in order to describe relevant case studies. Please include accounts of involvement in relevant networks and organizations and ideas of collaborations to be developed.
Appendix 5:
Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (This field is compulsory in the application form and related to other position categories. You should only provide a brief description of your teaching experiences. Or you can upload references or recommendations etc.)
Appendix 6:
Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and numbered from 1-3.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean will set up an expert assessment committee to evaluate applicants in relation to the advertised position. The applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to him or her before the appointment is finalised.

Please refer to ministerial order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 concerning the appointment of academic staff at universities (only in Danish)

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.
Further information about the procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, tel.: +45 5129 8521 or e-mail:

Salary and conditions of employment
The post will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 1 November 2013.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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