2 November 2021

CfA: Assistant Director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) is addressing a range of current and future challenges. We need an assistant director to work on implementing our new strategy and diversifying our sources of income. The position is available from 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Because of budgetary considerations, this is a temporary position until 31 December 2023.

About Us
Founded in 1968, NIAS is a well-established research centre, with a particular focus on social science and humanities research on contemporary Asia. NIAS has a broad Nordic mandate and a network of 24 partners around the region (known as the Nordic NIAS Council),but is administratively part of the University of Copenhagen. It receives core funding from Nordic Council of Ministers, via NordForsk.

NIAS runs a visitor programme, an academic press, an online library and a very popular podcast series. Research strengths include issues relating to climate and sustainability, digitalization, gender, democracy and human rights and geopolitics, with a particular focus on East and Southeast Asia.

NIAS is a small academic unit which has a collegial and inclusive working environment.

For further details, see https://nias.ku.dk

About the job (Tasks)

You will report to the Institute Director.

You will be responsible for:

  • Managing e-NIAS, the online operations of the Institute
  • Overseeing our SUPRA programme, under which graduate students and academics visit NIAS, either virtually or in person
  • Working closely with NIAS Press as our publishing operation transitions to a new business model
  • Collaborating with NIAS LINC, our platform of electronic resources, as we explore new modes of delivery for our partners
  • Co-ordinating the very successful Nordic Asia Podcast channel
  • Maintaining communications with our Nordic NIAS Council partners
  • Creating online and in-person events, including an annual conference
  • Overseeing NIAS social media channels and messaging, and communication with media outlets
  • Co-ordinating of grant, fellowship and funding applications
  • Liaising with Departmental and Faculty staff on financial and administrative matters
  • Managing the work of our student assistants
  • Promoting the smooth running of the Institute
  • Other duties as required by the Director

About you
As a person you have a positive mindset, are open towards changes and understand that collaboration is a key to success. Your work capacity is high and you are able to balance strategic developments with day-to-day business that requires hands-on action and delivery on time and to budget.

You are expected to share and develop the ambition to inspire academics, students, policy-maker, journalists and wider publics, in the Nordic region and beyond, with a greater understanding of contemporary Asia.

Your qualifications:


  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Proven problem-solving and planning capabilities,
  • A passion for conveying academic knowledge to diverse audiences
  • A mature level of judgment and decision-making in a changing, forward-thinking operating environment
  • Proven ability to manage multiple activities and responsibilities simultaneously
  • A high degree of patience, attention to detail, good humour and fortitude in managing relationships with various parties, including other university departments, and external partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to forge mutually-respectful and effective relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Sophisticated oral and written communication skills, a track record as an effective communicator; and credibility to serve as an effective spokesperson for NIAS
  • Facility with social media and online platforms
  • Aptitude for team leadership.


  • Linguistic facility in Danish or another Nordic language
  • An advanced degree in an Asia-relevant social science or humanities discipline
  • Knowledge of Asia, based upon academic study, linguistic abilities or experience of living or working in the region
  • Experience of academic research and publishing
  • Experience of academic administration


Terms of salary and employment

The employment and salary is made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Employment will be as an administrator or special consultant. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The working time are 37 hours per week on average.


How to apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include 

• Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying 

• CV 

• Diploma and transcripts of records 

Deadline for applications is 14 November 2021. 
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Click here to apply for the position.