Assistant Professor in Palaeolithic Archaeology, Aarhus University

Aarhus University

Job Type: Faculty, Non-Tenured

Application Deadline: June 12, 2019

The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a three-year assistant professorship in Palaeolithic Archaeology.

The appointment begins on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The position
We are looking for an innovative scholar with a background in Palaeolithic archaeology, preferably with a Late/Final Palaeolithic specialisation and with strong interests in research history, the philosophy and history of science, and cultural evolution.

The position is part of the project CLIOARCH (CLIOdynamic ARCHaeology: Computational approaches to Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic archaeology and climate change), an interdisciplinary project funded by the European Research Council’s Consolidator Grant funding scheme under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 817564). The project is focused on the Final Palaeolithic and earliest Mesolithic (15,000-11,000 cal BP) in Europe and aims to qualify and quantify the research history and cultural taxonomy of this period as well as the interplay between social transmission dynamics and environmental changes/events in relation to the material culture changes documented in the archaeological record. The project is grounded in cultural evolutionary theory, works across disciplinary boundaries and has a strong Open Science focus. One key research objective during the project’s initial phase is to rigorously evaluate the cultural taxonomy of this period through a literature-based investigation of the relevant research history, epistemology and practice.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in project activities (workshops, conferences, fieldwork), and in activities at the department such as lectures and seminars as well as in teaching.

The successful applicant and the PI will share responsibility for Work Package 1 of the project, which is aimed at the first-ever thorough and critical review of the history and practice of constructing analytical units – culturesgroupsindustriesfacies – in the Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic in Europe, and to articulate this with the relevant literature on taxonomy in the philosophy of biology in particular. As part of this research, a database of sites, traits, maps, significant actors and additional pertinent characteristics will be assembled and analysed using, where relevant, bibliometric and/or network methods.
The research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they may need without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity, illness, etc.), in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.

The successful applicant must be prepared to teach on the undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in archaeology, including courses in their specific field of expertise and general and advanced-level courses in archaeological theory and method where relevant. The successful applicant will be required to complete a course in university teaching designed especially for assistant professors.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD degree in Palaeolithic archaeology or allied fields.
Applicants must document:

  • doctoral-level experience of Palaeolithic/Mesolithic archaeology, preferably with focus on the Late/Final Palaeolithic and/or Early Mesolithic
  • an interest in research history and how to analyse it, preferably using network and/or bibliometric methods
  • knowledge of cultural evolutionary theory and its application
  • an international research profile, preferably including documented European language abilities beyond English
  • experience of (or the potential for obtaining) external research funding
  • teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme
  • an interest in talent development and supervision.

Applicants should be interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary work.

Please upload a maximum of five publications alongside your application.

The application must be submitted in English.

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.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor MSO Felix Riede by telephone +45 8716 2083 or by e-mail

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn,  e-mail
The work environment
At the Department of Archaeology and its associated research programme known as Materials, Culture and Heritage (MCH), we are concerned with people and the environment and culture and society from the earliest to modern times, with a focus on studies of material culture. On the basis of fieldwork and library and laboratory studies – including methods from anthropology, history and a variety of natural scientific approaches – the programme investigates and challenges our understanding of past societies seen in a deep historical perspective.

The MCH research programme at Aarhus University has an international profile and strong research networks. A dynamic research environment provides the framework for large research projects, international conferences and a variety of visiting researchers. The environment is versatile and cross-disciplinary, and the academic staff’s research competences span topics ranging from war and power, mobility and globalisation, family and individual, religion and rituals, landscape and settlement, palaeo-demography and evolution, trade and networks, technology and knowledge exchange to (in particular) quantitative analysis methods, field methodology and digital representation.
For a more detailed description, please visit this link and this website.

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 our website.
Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

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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 background.

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 here.

12 June 2019

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 
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Posted: May 31, 2019