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Postdoctoral Position in Irish Literature and Culture, School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University

Under the auspices of the Centre for Irish Studies at the Department of English, within the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, applications for a postdoctoral position in Irish Literature and Culture are invited from suitably qualified applicants with research interests relating to classical material. The postdoctoral position is made available through the research project Classical Influences and Irish Culture (CLIC), funded by the European Research Council.

The position is full-time and fixed-term for 18 months, to begin on 01/09/2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background. No knowledge of the Danish language is required for this position, and most Danes speak English.

The position
The Classical Influences and Irish Culture research project aims to investigate the sustained diachronic relevance of material from classical Greece and Rome to the formation of Irish identities from the medieval period to the present day. The project is structured around nine central themes: Language; Land; Migration; Troy; Satire; Platonism; Female Voices; Material Culture; and Global Influence. The successful applicant will be expected to produce research related to one or more of these themes. Applicants are encouraged to consult the project website to gain further insights into how their existing research may intersect with the project themes and complement the strengths of the current project team members.

The successful applicant will also contribute to populating the project database of Classical Allusions in Irish Literature with data related to their research. Training will be provided for data entry; no prior experience is required. The database prototype may be browsed via the project website.

Applicants should be prepared to work as part of a team, and to engage with other team members and invited experts in broad interdisciplinary terms that may or may not relate closely to their own primary field of expertise. All team members will be expected to attend the interdisciplinary events organised under the auspices of the project, and will have the opportunity of interacting with experts in various fields who are linked to the project as Research Affiliates or members of the Advisory Board.

The position comes with an attractive salary, in accordance with the terms below under Formalities, and associated benefits. Funding for conference and research travel will be available.

Applicant profile
Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field and will have a demonstrated capacity for conducting excellent research. The main tasks will consist of conducting research related to the project and disseminating this research by giving seminars, lectures and conference presentations as well as preparing peer-reviewed open access research publications. Applicants should indicate their anticipated publication trajectory in their research proposal (see Qualifications). In addition, the successful applicant will contribute to populating the project database as outlined above (The Project).

The main criteria for selection will be the quality of the applicant’s research, the excellence of their research proposal, and the proposal’s relevance to the project. The successful applicant will have a research profile that complements the existing areas of expertise among the current members of the research team.

Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:

  • An internationally oriented research profile within their field
  • An outstanding and innovative doctoral dissertation in an area related to and relevant for the project
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, in order to engage productively both within the research team and with external organisations and institutions

Furthermore, it may be considered an advantage if applicants can document:
  • A track record of research publications of a high international standard, commensurate with the length of the applicant’s academic career
  • An ability to conduct research on relevant material in non-English-language sources
  • Experience of participation in national and international research networks
  • Experience of working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions

Applicants are requested to submit a proposal for the research they plan to undertake within the stated framework of the research project (max. three pages), including a brief indication of a possible publication trajectory and up to five writing samples of existing completed work. Please note that applications which do not include uploaded writing samples will not be considered.

Work environment
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, and for the forging of productive collegial links within the project team, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis unless engaged in off-campus research or conference activities. In spite of the pandemic, the relatively favourable conditions in Denmark, at Aarhus University, and at the Department of English, have allowed the core project research team to operate on campus as planned and to conduct seminars in person, subject to certain regulations.

International applicants
International applicants are encouraged to see 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.

The project and the department
Prospective applicants are invited to view the CLIC project website and the Department of English website.

School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school, its research programmes, departments, and diverse activities on its website.

For further information about the position, and for any queries, please contact the project PI Isabelle Torrance
If you need help uploading your application or if you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Arts HR support: tel.: +4593522300 or by e-mail:

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

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

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.


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

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

Deadline: 31 January 2021


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