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Full professorships and professorships with special responsibilities in anthropology 968997

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or two full professorships and a five-year professorship with special responsibilities (abbreviated to MSO professorship in Danish) within the field of anthropology. While the full professorships are permanent positions, the MSO professorship is a five-year position with the possibility of extension for up to three years. On expiry of this period, the MSO professor will be offered employment and remuneration as an associate professor.

The positions are available from 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The positions are being offered within the broad field of social/cultural anthropology, as we are seeking to attract top-level applicants who can contribute to the further development of the thriving research and educational environments at the university’s Department of Anthropology by either strengthening the department’s existing research foci (see below) or expanding its profile in new directions.

Place of employment: Moesgaard, Moesgård allé, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.

Applicants must be able to document extensive research experience and leadership within the field of social/cultural anthropology. There are no set regional or thematic limitations for either position. We are seeking applicants with excellent and well-documented core anthropological research credentials, including experience and expertise gained through long-term ethnographic fieldwork, an outstanding publication record and a documented ability to attract external funding and nurture international collaboration.

The positions
The full professor(s) will be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department, both nationally and internationally. A distinct plus will be a strong devotion to, and experience of, talent development and the nurturing of young scholars, as well as experience of capacity building with international partner institutions. In their letter of application, applicants for the full professorship(s) must outline how they envision themselves accomplishing these tasks in relation to the department’s and the school’s existing profile.

The MSO professor will be expected to possess similar qualifications, albeit with less emphasis on the talent development dimension and acknowledging their shorter track record, bearing in mind that this position is intended for particularly talented researchers who are asked to (or propose to) carry out specific projects or develop particularly promising and innovative areas of research within a designated time frame. In their letter of application, applicants for the MSO professorship must formulate a distinct vision for their research focus/field. This should include a description of their goals and a plan for how they plan to achieve them within the time period.

Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision at all levels of the degree programmes in anthropology (Bachelor, Master and PhD), and will be expected to have considerable teaching and supervision experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to contribute to other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society.

Talent development
The department values its large and growing population of PhD students and other junior researchers highly, and wishes to sustain this focus on emerging research. The successful applicant(s) will be expected to have an eye for the attraction and the development of junior researchers, and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and postdocs as well as the creation and teaching of PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will engage in knowledge exchange with society in general, as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange, including the attraction of external knowledge exchange funding/strategic research funding and proactive efforts in relation to potential stakeholders in the world of research/knowledge.

Applicants must hold a PhD or its equivalent in anthropology. They must also be able to document the following:

  • Academic publications at the highest international level, including research innovation in the field of anthropology
  • Solid ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of anthropology
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
  • A commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses.

At the Department of Anthropology, Bachelor’s courses are taught in Danish, while most Master’s programmes are taught in English. Applicants must be able to teach in English at university level. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

Applicants must indicate clearly which of the positions they are applying for.

Applications must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Bjarke Paarup, Head of the School of Culture and Society, (

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, (

The Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology, one of seven departments at the School of Culture and Society, is among the largest and strongest academic environments within its field in Europe. Its scientific staff consists of around 20 tenured full and associate professors, more than ten assistant professors and post-doctoral fellows, and a cohort of between 30 and 40 PhD students. More than 500 Bachelor’s and Master’s students are enrolled in the department’s teaching programmes. The department has a strong international profile, attracting visiting researchers, fellows and students from across the world. The department is thus very much a site of emergent research and upcoming talent, and the new professor(s) will be expected to engage with and lead initiatives involving and catering for junior scholars.

The department’s research profile is extremely broad, focusing on core anthropological problems and issues in all varieties of human societies and social settings. Regionally, the department’s expertise extends throughout most geographical areas of the world. Its researchers are engaged on all continents, although the department’s traditional strengths in Southern and South-East Asia, as well as in Eastern and Southern Africa, are still visible – combined with a strong ethnographic commitment to Denmark and Danish society. Thematically, the department is no less diverse, with a history of research clusters within the anthropology of politics, religion, modernity and medicine having been reinforced, in recent years, by new research foci such as land and border conflicts, migration and mobility, urbanism and planning, environmental and multi-species ethnography, heritage and memory, as well as visual anthropology and new experimental methodologies.

The department’s teaching programmes offer first-rate training in theory, data collection and analysis combined with a strong emphasis on learning through fieldwork practice and other ways of engaging with the world, including corporate and governmental contexts. We offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in anthropology as well as an interdisciplinary, English-language Master’s programme in human security, supplementary (minor) programmes in anthropology and sociology for graduates of other Bachelor’s degree programmes, and a Danish-language, part-time Master’s degree programme in health anthropology designed for healthcare professionals. As part of their Master’s degree programme in anthropology, students choose a track specialisation in general, visual or medical anthropology, preparing them for field studies and thesis writing within these areas. Likewise, our human security students engage with international partners such as NGOs in analysing and addressing real-life challenges across the globe. Our close relationship with the adjacent Moesgaard Museum and its staff – some of whom hold positions shared between the university and the museum – provides students with opportunities for creating exhibitions or otherwise engaging in research communication with the general public. We include graduate students in the department’s research activities and seminars, for instance by inviting them to conduct fieldwork and write their theses in relation to large, ongoing projects.

The School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society, the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:
  • From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
  • From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
  • From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
  • From local questions to global challenges

The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For more details about the school, please see (

Deadline: 1 May 2018.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order) (
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines (
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production. Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be 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: (

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 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, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. 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.

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