Full professorship and professorship with special responsibilities in the history of ideas for Aarhus University, The School of Culture and Society

Aarhus University

Job Type: Fixed-Term

Application Deadline: August 15, 2018

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a full professorship and a five-year professorship with special responsibilities (abbreviated to MSO professorship in Danish) within the field of the history of ideas.

While the full professorship is a permanent position, 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.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The positions
The positions are being offered within the broad field of the history of ideas, 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 Philosophy and History of Ideas by either strengthening the discipline’s existing research foci (see below) or expanding its profile in new directions.

The full professor 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 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 intend to achieve them within the time period.

Applicants must be able to document extensive research experience and leadership within the history of ideas. We are seeking applicants with excellent and well-documented research credentials, including an outstanding publication record and a documented ability to attract external funding and nurture international collaboration.

Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision at all levels of the degree programmes in the history of ideas (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 highly values its large and growing population of PhD students and other junior researchers, and wishes to sustain this focus on emerging research. The successful applicant(s) will be expected to have an eye for the attraction and 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 must hold a PhD or its equivalent in the history of ideas or adjacent academic disciplines. They must also be able to document the following:

  • Academic publications at the highest international level, including research innovation in the field of the history of ideas
  • Broad historical as well as philosophical orientation within the history of ideas
  • In-depth, topical as well as historical research in at least three out of the nine core areas within the discipline (see our research profile below)
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of the history of ideas
  • 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

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.

At the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, most courses on the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in the history of ideas as taught in Danish. 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.

If you wish to apply for both positions, please send two applications. If you are only applying for one position, you must clearly indicate which of the positions you are applying for.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to national origin, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability status.

Applications must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, Head of the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, filts@cas.au.dk.

For more information about the application , please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, mbb@au.dk.

The Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas
The Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, one of seven departments at the School of Culture and Society, is among the largest and strongest academic environments within its field in Nothern Europe. Its scientific staff consists of around 23 tenured full and associate professors, eight of them within the history of ideas. The department has ten assistant professors and post-doctoral fellows, and around 10-15 PhD students. More than 500 Bachelor’s and Master’s students are enrolled in the department’s degree programmes; the history of ideas has an intake of approximately 36 Bachelor’s students and 10 Master’s students per year. The department is 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 within the history of ideas is extremely broad, focusing on problems and issues in core areas of the discipline, including aesthetics, economy, global intellectual history, philosophy, politics, religion, science, technology and the theory of history. The history of ideas at Aarhus University has a strong outreach in the Danish general public and societal debates, and has an ambition to strengthen its international profile and increase its impact.

The department’s degree programmes in the history of ideas offer first-rate training in analytical approaches to the core areas of the discipline, enabling students to design and execute independent projects within the history of ideas. We offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in the history of ideas as well as an interdisciplinary, English-language minor programme in Cultural Analysis of Society and Economy (CASE). We include graduate students in the department’s research activities and seminars and encourage them to present papers at our annual Master’s student conference.

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 http://cas.au.dk/en/.

Deadline: 15 August 2018

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


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: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_december_2017.pdf

All applications must be made online and received by 15 August 2018.

Please apply online here

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

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Posted: June 27, 2018