Job Opening: Professor in Anthropology [Asia focus welcome]

job opening - 5Aarhus University, The School of Culture and Society,

Professor in Anthropology 758885

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent professorship within the field of anthropology. The position is available from 01 February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position
The professorship is offered with a view to attracting a particularly talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally recognised research areas at the Department of Anthropology. The future professor is expected to contribute to core activities at Aarhus University in general and the Department of Anthropology in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The professor will also 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.

We are seeking a professor with documented extensive research experience within the field of the anthropology of politics and religion, with a special focus on democracy and religion in nation-states where democracy has been recently institutionalised. A focus on Asia would be particularly welcome.

Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of anthropology. The vision must include a description of new international collaboration and how this will benefit the existing academic environment at the department.

Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in anthropology (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have a solid teaching experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the Department of Anthropology and the School of Culture and Society.

Talent development
The successful applicant is expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and to teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jens Seeberg,

Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of anthropology.Applicants must be able to document:

  • Academic publications at the highest international level including research innovation in the field of anthropology
  • Solid ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of anthropology
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
  • Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses.

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.

The application must be written in English.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email

Research environment
The Department of Anthropology places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding. Research qualifications will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals or compatible high-ranking series published by internationally recognised publishing houses.

The professor will be part of a strong international research environment at the department (please see this website for details) and will be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, seminars, etc., and to stimulate the development of new research projects at all levels within the field of anthropology.

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 goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For a more detailed description of the department, please see here.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.


All applications must be made online and received by 8 September 2015.
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, 12,500 BA and MA students, and 2,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Department of Culture and Society, Department of Education (DPU), Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, and AU Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. 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.


Aarhus University offers an inspiring education and research environment for 44,500 students and 11,500 members of staff, ensuring results of a high international standard. The budgeted turnover for 2015 amounts to DKK 6.2 billion. The university’s strategy and development contract are available at

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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