Professor of Event Communication and Performance Design

The Department of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as professor of Event communication and Performance Design, to be filled from November 1st, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is intended to strengthen the Department’s existing position in event-based communication and performance design. The interdisciplinary research area draws on communication studies, performance studies and cultural studies, has analysis and design of cultural performances as its object of study, and is characterized by practice-oriented and design-based research. Within this broad area we are looking for applicants with a strong research and teaching record in such areas as the use and consumption of culture, cultural institutions as societal stakeholders, participant design, and event communication. 

DCA is an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment, characterized by diversity with respect to theory, method, and area of study in research and education. The department produces knowledge that contributes to critical research and reflexive practice in relation to development and change in society, including public institutions, private organizations, NGOs, and cultural and media institutions. Read more here.

Responsibilities and tasks
The professor is expected to maintain a significant record of publications as well as to make an important contribution to the academic culture in the department as it pertains to research, teaching, dissemination, and other tasks. The professor’s work primarily includes research and research-based teaching and supervision in one of our BA programmes as well as at least one of our MA-programmes. 
In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position involves sharing knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in public debate. Furthermore, the professor is expected to attract research grants, manage research projects, provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors, take a leading role in research groups and development of new teaching activities, and actively engage in external fundraising and other activities to increase funds for the Department as well as take active part in academic assessments and other tasks requested by the Department.

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Have established themself as a leading expert in their field
  • Accomplish research and engage in research cooperation, meeting high international standards
  • Actively contribute to boost the international recognition of the research of the Department
  • Actively engage in large-scale external fundraising to increase funds for PhDs, post docs etc. at the Department
  • Actively participate in research management (including initiating and leading research projects/programmes)
  • Develop and nurture research networks nationally and internationally
  • Play an active role in developing the educational programmes of the Department
  • Actively contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department and to Roskilde University-wide tasks
  • Actively participate in the Department’s communication with the broader public
  • Take leading responsibility for the long-term well-being of the department and the University at large
  • Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at DCA, and
  • Promote Roskilde University’s academic reputation

Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree. Applicants must have qualifications equivalent to several years of research and tertiary teaching at associate professor level. The applicant is expected to proactively take initiative in their own work and to have good cooperative skills, be visible and actively contributing to organising the daily activities in the department. Both professional and social competencies will be prioritised in the efforts to create an inspiring daily working environment. Experiences with problem-oriented project supervision and teaching at university level is an advantage.

Ability to teach in Danish is a great asset and selected applicants who do not speak Danish (or Swedish or Norwegian) will be requested to acquire the necessary skills in Danish within the first two years of service, to ensure that they can participate satisfactorily in teaching activities as well as in academic and administrative activities at the University. At the time of appointment, selected applicants must master English for academic purposes. 

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to (see also ‘Faculty Expectations’ at Roskilde University):

  • Relevance of research expertise for the position
  • Scientific production and research potential at a high international level
  • Documented research profile with a substantial number of international publications in the best journals/publishing houses in the field
  • Documented experience in attracting and managing external project funding from national or international funding bodies
  • Experience in successfully supervising PhD candidates
  • Documented ability to create, promote and utilise research results
  • Experience in teaching and education development and management
  • The ability to create an engaged and interactive learning environment that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their profiles.

For further information about the position, please contact Dean of Humanities Ida Willig on tel. (+45) 4674 3751 / or Associate Dean for Education Sune Lægaard (+45) 4674 3769 /

Terms of employment
The employment is full time, 37 hours per week, and you will refer to Dean of Humanities, Ida Willig.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. 

Commencing salary will be minimum DKK 663.408,92 kr. per year (1st April 2023 level) plus pension contribution (17,1 %). 

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to
Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:
1. Cover letter 
2. CV 
3. Documentation of education 
4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here
5. A complete list of publications 
6. A maximum of 7 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment 

  • If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here

7. Documentation of additional research qualifications, including 

  • experience in research management or other managerial functions 
  • track record in fundraising 

Please submit your application no later than 15 May 2023. 
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Roskilde University’s foremost task is to engage in experimental and innovative forms of learning, research and problem-solving that contribute to progress in society. We educate skilled, interdisciplinary graduates and produce scientific results of the highest quality through transparency, engagement and knowledge-sharing.
Roskilde University has approx. 6.500 students, 900 employees and an annual turnover of DKK 800 million.