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1-2 Associate or Assistant Professorships in Anthropology, Aarhus University

Opslået 10. jan

Ansøgningsfrist 7. feb

Forventet start 1. aug

  • Institut for Kultur og Samfund - Afdeling for Antropologi Moesgård Allé 20 8270 Højbjerg

  • Fuldtidsstilling ID: 2566

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The Department of Anthropology, part of the larger School of Culture and Society, invites applications for 1-2 positions as associate or assistant professor(s) of anthropology. The positions will commence on 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Applicants must state explicitly whether they are applying for an assistant professorship or an associate professorship. An associate professorship is a permanent full-time position involving research and teaching at the BA, MA and PhD levels. An assistant professorship is a three-year training position involving research and teaching at the BA and MA level, and includes an obligatory course in university teaching for assistant professors. Following the assistant professorship period, an associate professorship within the same academic field will be announced in open competition.
Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Anthropology, Moesgaard Allé, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.
The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.
Job description
We are looking for one or two colleagues who are eager and able to contribute to the continuing development of the department’s thriving research and educational environments. We are interested in strengthening two specific research areas and invite applicants to describe their profiles and possible contributions in relation to one or both of these:
  • Business, organisational and/or design anthropology.
    We are looking for a colleague who is able to challenge conventions and develop new avenues of research within this broad field. This may include creating new alliances with companies, municipalities and other non-university partners, and could involve a fundamental reconsideration of key notions such as “business”, “outreach” or “design”, and of possible ways of meeting the university’s wider societal obligations. Close cooperation with the department’s existing external relations unit MANTRA will be expected (see https://cas.au.dk/om-instituttet/afdelinger/antropologi/mantra/). Linguistic ability in Danish or another Scandinavian language will be a distinct advantage for applicants within this field.
  • Visual anthropology, digital ethnography and collaborative methodologies.
    Applicants within this specialisation may be able to demonstrate expertise in classical tools within the field of visual anthropology, such as film-making and photography. However, we are particularly interested in applicants who aim to explore and push the boundaries of “the visual”, for instance via research in/through the use of social media and other emergent technologies. In a longer-term perspective, we see this as a key position for a necessary rethinking of the methodologies of the discipline of anthropology and of how we can teach ethnographic methods in worlds saturated by virtual and technological communities.
The ideal applicant(s) will have excellent and well-documented core anthropological research credentials, including experience and expertise gained through long-term ethnographic fieldwork as well as an outstanding publication record. This will be assessed relative to the position applied for and the applicant’s “PhD age” and trajectory since his/her PhD. This means that applicants to an assistant professorship will be assessed not just on existing publications and other research contribtuions but also on research potential, while associate professorship applicants are expected to be able to present a further developed publication and research profile. At the associate professorship level, applicants’ ability to attract and manage external funding, and their experience in nurturing international collaboration, are also key criteria.
The successful applicant(s) will be responsible for planning, developing and teaching anthropology at BA and MA level. They must be able to teach general courses in anthropology (see language requirements/expectations below), as well as possibly contributing to the department’s English-language Master’s programme in human security. We also have a stake in the Danish-language Master’s programme in experience economy (oplevelsesøkonomi), which is based at the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy. We invite applicants to consider their possible contributions to these interdisciplinary programmes.
We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students, so the ideal applicants should be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to participatory teaching initiatives and student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.

Talent development
An associate professor will be expected to supervise PhD students and contribute to the development and implementation of PhD courses in anthropology.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will engage in knowledge exchange as described in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts https://arts.au.dk/en/about-arts/arts-strategy-2013-2020/for instance research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society partners or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants to an associate professorship must hold a PhD or its equivalent in social/cultural anthropology, as well as having documented teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired through an assistant professorship. They must also be able to document the following:
  • Relevant academic publications, and possibly other research contributions, at the top international level
  • Solid ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, ideally including the obtaining and administration of external funding
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at MA level
  • A commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects and talent development.
Applicants to an assistant professorship must hold a PhD or its equivalent in social/cultural anthropology. They must also be able to document the following:
  • A promising research profile documented through relevant academic publications, and possibly other research contributions, at the international level
  • Solid ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Experience of university-level teaching and a commitment to teaching development and the supervision of student projects
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
For the sake of clarity, applicants must make sure to state explicitly whether they are applying for an associate professorship or an assistant professorship.They should also clearly state which of the two outlined research areas their application relates to (or to both, and if so, describe their priorities).
Please note that applications which do not include samples of publications (maximum eight for associate professor applicants and five for assistant professor applicants) will not be considered. A list of publications is not sufficient. Please see further below under the headline 'Formalities'.

Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. So we ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (e.g. due to maternity/paternity, illness, etc.), in order to gauge their research productivity.

References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.
At the Department of Anthropology, Bachelor’s courses are generally taught in Danish, while courses on Master’s programmes are taught in English or Danish. Applicants must be able to teach and supervise in English at university level.
If the successful applicant(s) are not fluent in Danish, they will be expected to acquire the language within a period of approximately three years. Please note that linguistic ability in Danish or another Scandinavian language will be a distinct advantage for applicants within the field of business, organisational and/or design anthropology.
Applications must be uploaded in English.
For further information about the content of the position(s), please contact Head of Department Mads Daugbjerg (mads.daugbjerg@cas.au.dk)
For further information about the application procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (mbb@au.dk)
The Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University is among the largest and strongest academic environments within its field in Europe. Its scientific staff consists of around 22 tenured full and associate professors, 10-12 assistant professors and post-doctoral fellows, and a cohort of more than 40 PhD students. 450-500 Bachelor’s and Master’s students are enrolled in the department’s teaching programmes at any given time. The department has a strong international profile, attracting visiting researchers, fellows and students from across the world.
The department’s researchers are committed to the anthropological tradition that combines rich empirical research based on ethnographic fieldwork with theoretically based historical and comparative studies. Its core research encompasses broad cross-disciplinary work on theories about what it means to be human, detailed methodological reflections on the basic conditions and current challenges of fieldwork, thorough engagement with specific regional and thematic problems, and continuing experiments with anthropological forms of representation. Regionally, the department’s expertise extends throughout most geographical areas of the world. Its researchers are engaged on all continents, with a particularly substantial strength in Southern and South-East Asia, 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, design and planning, environmental and multi-species ethnography, heritage and memory, as well as visual anthropology and 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 external engagement, 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, a supplementary (minor) programme in sociology, and a Danish-language, part-time 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 or visual 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 security-related 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 and staff with opportunities for creating exhibitions or otherwise engaging in research communication with the general public.
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 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 further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.

Formalities If 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

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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.

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.


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Mads Daugbjerg

Mads Daugbjerg Lektor, afdelingsleder, Institut for Kultur og Samfund - Afdeling for Antropologi +4587162128 mads.daugbjerg@cas.au.dk

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Ansøgningsfrist: fredag den 7. feb 2020 kl. 23:59 CET