The position
While anchored in one of the department's disciplines, the successful candidates will thus be expected to develop activities at a broader departmental level and contribute to a broad spectrum of Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching, talent development and knowledge exchange. We are seeking dedicated candidates who will contribute actively to the department’s academic environment.

The positions entail work to strengthen the Arctic profile at the Department of Culture and Society through international research. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong research profile in Arctic studies, anthropology, archaeology, history, international studies or similar disciplines, who have proven expertise and research experience in the field of the Arctic region. The successful candidate will be part of the Faculty of Arts’ contribution to the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University. In the Arctic Research Centre (ARC) a large number of researchers from various disciplines – oceanographers, physicians, biologists, statisticians, geographers and geologists – already join forces to answer critical questions related to climate changes and the Arctic. The two postdoctoral scholars/assistant professors are expected to make contributions to the current research programme of ARC from the humanities with a focus on human interaction. We are particularly interested in candidates who are working with one or more contemporary issues such as climate change and pollution, exploitation of natural resources, health, education, social change and other similar fields.

The successful candidates will be responsible for teaching courses on the department's degree programmes and for developing new courses in the Arctic region for students across the humanities.

Knowledge exchange
The successful candidates are expected to share knowledge with various sectors outside the university and to be active in the general public debate.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Bjarke Paarup at tel. +45 4013 3909 or by e-mail (

Qualifications and requirements for applications
Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications in a field relevant to the described research area.

Applicants must also document

• a background in anthropology, sociology, archaeology, history, international studies or similar disciplines
• interest in interdisciplinary research cooperation especially with relevant areas at the Arctic Research Centre
• the ability to initiate and participate in collaborative projects with other research and teaching programmes at Aarhus University and in international contexts
• potential for obtaining external research funding
• prior experience with teaching in an international classroom
• mastery of academic English in the classroom
• interest in supervision and talent development.

The position involves both research and teaching at the department, so applicants must be willing and able to be physically present on a daily basis. Non-Danish speaking applicants should be aware that the acquisition of sufficient Danish to participate in the daily administrative and academic business of the department within two years of taking up the position is a condition for employment.

All applications must be submitted in English.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR Supporter Louise Søndergaard by e-mail (

All applications must be made online and received by 8 September 2013.

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