Assistant or Associate Professorship in New Testament Studies

The School of Culture and Society invites applications for an assistant professorship or an associate professorship in New Testament Studies at the Department of Theology.

In the application, candidates must state explicitly whether they are applying for the position of associate or assistant professor.

If an assistant professor is appointed, the position will be a three-year, full-time training position involving research and teaching obligations and publications at PhD level (as a minimum). After three years, and subject to appropriate funding, an associate professorship in New Testament Studies will be announced in open competition.

If an associate professor is appointed, this will be a full-time permanent position.

The position is available from 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Department of Theology, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3 – 7, 8000 Aarhus C.

The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

The position
We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate with a strong research profile and research plan in New Testament Studies who will contribute to the development of the Department of Theology at Aarhus University and its core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The associate/assistant professor will be expected to develop collaborative research initiatives with other fields in theology and at the School of Culture and Society, and to develop projects with external financing.

The Department of Theology at Aarhus University offers a dynamic, collegial and internationally orientated research and teaching environment with good possibilities for career development, project funding and administrative support.

The successful applicant is expected to take active part in the work of the research group in New Testament Studies. This research group studies the origins and early texts of Christianity from various historical, literary and reception-theoretical perspectives. For further information on the research group, see https://nt.au.dk/.

Research
The School of Culture and Society emphasises the importance of high-quality research as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects, and the ability to attract external research funding. Accordingly, we are looking for a candidate with a strong research profile and track record in New Testament Studies.

In the application, applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development of New Testament Studies at Aarhus University with respect to research, teaching and external research funding.

The research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time that has been available to applicants. So we encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they have had without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity, illness etc.), enabling us to subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.

Education
Applicants for the assistant professorship should be prepared to teach and supervise students at BA and MA level, while applicants for the associate professorship should also be prepared to teach and supervise at PhD level.

The associate/assistant professor will be expected to contribute to the development and application of innovative teaching methods. The Department of Theology expects that the successful applicant will participate actively in the development of a dynamic teaching environment in dialogue with students and other professors. The position involves teaching duties in New Testament Studies as well as responsibility for the development of interdisciplinary teaching activities. This also includes (team) teaching of other topics within the Theology and the Diaconia Programmes (Curriculum). See http://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/theology/

If an assistant professor is appointed, the person concerned will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching devised especially for assistant professors.

We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students, so the ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to participatory teaching initiatives and student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.

Talent development
If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant is expected to contribute to talent development in New Testament Studies and Theology. He/she will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange and the public dissemination of knowledge as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts. Applicants should document prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications
At the time of employment, all applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in New Testament Studies or related fields.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must have teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme.

Applicants for the associate professorship must also be able to document competences corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship.

All applicants must furthermore be able to document:

  • An internationally oriented research profile in New Testament Studies or related areas.
  • A relevant international publication profile.
  • Knowledge of historical-critical and contextual approaches to the exegesis and theology of the New Testament.
  • Knowledge of fields within the humanities, theology or the social sciences that are relevant to New Testament Studies.
  • Knowledge of sources and cultures in the Greco-Roman world, including ancient Judaism.
  • Proficiency in languages relevant to New Testament Studies and related areas of research.
Applicants for the associate professorship should also document:
  • Experience of participation in collective research projects, national and international networks, or interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • Experience of attracting external research funding.
  • Successful teaching experience in areas of relevance to New Testament Studies and Theology, as well as proficiency in academic English in the classroom.
  • Experience of supervising student projects.
  • Experience of teaching development, supervision of students at all levels, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.
  • Experience of communication and knowledge exchange.
Applicants for the assistant professorship should at least be able to document an interest in the six areas of experience mentioned above in connection with the associate professorship.

Please note that only publications which are actually submitted alongside applications will be assessed: a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications which are not accompanied by such publications will not be assessed.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

In order to maintain and develop the department’s research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.

The application must be uploaded in English.

Language and further information
If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, she or he will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ulrik Nissen, email: afdelingsleder.teologi@cas.au.dk

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail: mbb@au.dk

Read more about The Department of Theology and School of Culture and Society at the full post here.

International applicants
International applicants are encouraged to check Family and work-life balance and Attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

FormalitiesIf nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.
Shortlists are prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Deadline: 14 December 2020

 


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