Temporary Teaching Position in Arab and Islamic Studies, Aarhus University (Danemark) — LIMITE : 03/11/2014

 Research Assistant in Arab and Islamic Studies – 690293

The Department of Culture and Society invites applications for a temporary teaching position as research assistant in Arab and Islamic Studies. It is a full-time position (37 hours weekly), limited to the period from 15th of January 2015 to the 15th of June 2015.

The position
The Spring term begins 1st of February 2015, and the required teaching load is two to three undergraduate courses on the history, politics and/or society of the modern Middle East and/or on Islam.

Applicants must have a documented MA in Arabic and / or Islamic Studies or a similar subject. Applicants are also expected to:
– be well-founded in Arabic or a comparable language such as Turkish or Malay
– have documented qualifications in the history, politics or society of the modern Middle East
– have documented qualifications in the study of Islam
– have teaching experience with seminar classes and innovative teaching
– have experience with student supervision
– have strong oral and written communicative skills
– have teaching experience with Islam and/or Arab-Islamic history and/or society
– have experience in teaching in English or a Scandinavian language
– have experience with or an interest in interdisciplinary cooperation.

The applicant must submit teaching portfolio such as list of courses taught, sample course outline, student evaluations.

The applicant is also expected to contribute actively to the various disciplines and the department’s academic environment. We value regular attendance and provide a supportive work environment for staff as well as students.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Mark Sedgwick, Arab and Islamic Studies Program (mjrs@cas.au.dk).

Arab and Islamic Studies
The research environment is interdisciplinary, including scholars trained in history, Islamic studies, the study of religion, anthropology, and political science. Some researchers are primarily concerned with Arab and Islamic Studies, while others are primarily concerned with their own disciplines but emphasise Arab and/or Islamic topics in their work. For further information on the ICSRU, see this website.

Degree Programmes
Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Arab and Islamic Studies are offered. The MA is taught in English, but much of the BA is usually taught in Danish. However, teaching will be conducted in English if the successful applicant does not know a Scandinavian language. The Arabic language plays a significant part in all programmes, and knowledge of Arabic is required for admission to the Master’s degree programme. For a more detailed description of the degree programmes, please refer to these webpages.

The application must be submitted in English.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR partner Louise Søndergaard, e-mail ls@hum.au.dk.

The position is open to applicants of any citizenship. No knowledge of Danish is required; teaching will be conducted in English if the successful applicant does not know a Scandinavian language.

Review of applications is expected to be finished by December 1.

The Department of Culture and Society
Arab and Islamic Studies are anchored at the Department of Culture and Society, which deals with the interaction 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 department’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The department is closely linked to 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 this website.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualifications.


      • The Faculty of Arts refer to the Ministeral Orderon the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order) under the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
      • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
      • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memoprandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Further information on application and relevant enclosures may be found in the


      for applicants for academic positions. All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.


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