Associate Professorship in Arab and Islamic Studies / University of Aarhus — LIMITE : 13/06/2019

The School of Culture and Society invites applications for the position of associate professor in Arab and Islamic Studies The position is placed at the Department of the Study of Religion, in the programme in Arab and Islamic Studies. The associate professorship is a permanent position, and the appointment begins on 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Position
The Department of the Study of Religion seeks to appoint a gifted researcher to develop a promising field of study of contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies at the highest international levels in collaboration with the School of Culture and Society’s other fields of study.

The successful applicant will join the trans-disciplinary research unit Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU). Please see here and below.

We are looking for scholars with a strong research profile in the modern or contemporary Arab or Islamic world, and with a research record that includes research focusing on some aspect of Shia Islam in the Arab world. Research related to globalisation, transnationalism or transregionalism which includes aspects of Islam would also be an advantage.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

The successful applicant will teach and develop a range of introductory and advanced courses within Arab and Islamic studies and carry out BA and MA supervision. The associate professor will also be expected to participate in teaching development and educational development. Please read more here

Talent development
The successful applicant will be expected to undertake supervision of PhD students and to partake in the development and implementation of PhD courses as well as to participate in curriculum development.

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

Applicants must have a PhD degree or similar qualifications in a field relevant to Arab and Islamic Studies, as well as research and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired during a three-year assistant professorship.

Applicants must also be able to document:

  • A relevant and internationally oriented research and publication profile
  • Appropriate competence in one or more relevant research languages
  • Participation in national and international research networks
  • Experience of or an interest in the exchange of knowledge with various sectors of society outside the university
  • Experience of and interest in attracting external research funding
  • Command of English at an academic level
  • Teaching experience, including experience with innovative teaching methods such as IT-based courses and teaching development
  • Experience in supervising student projects and an interest in researcher talent development.

Applications which do not include samples of publications (no more than eight, please) will not be considered.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included in applications. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.

Applications are invited from all interested scholars, irrespective of gender or citizenship; teaching may be conducted initially in English.

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 of appointment, and appropriate support will be given for this purpose.

The application must be uploaded in English by 13 June 2019.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Professor Mark Sedgwick,

For more information about the application procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail

The academic environment
Department profile:
The Department of the Study of Religion is concerned with religion in its comprehensive sense. The studies cover all major world religions and other religions and phenomena essential to the history of religion, past and present. This is reflected in the academic staff’s research competences, which not only include a broad spectrum of empirical skills but also a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from fields including history, philology, history of literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and phenomenology of religion. 

The Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU) is a trans-disciplinary research unit for those who are interested in Islamic cultures and societies, both in the Islamic world and transregionally. This means that ICSRU also covers Islam and Muslims in the West, notably Europe and Denmark. The area of interest of the ICRSU is only defined in terms of a religion (Islam), but this does not mean that the ICSRU is only interested in the study of religion. There is a focus on modern and contemporary phenomena, on globalisation and transnationalism, and on topics including reactions to modernity, Sufism, new religious movements, terrorism, and religion in politics.

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

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

Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities(the Appointment Order).

The application must outline the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

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.

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:

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark 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.


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
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive universitywith a strongcommitment to highquality research and education and thedevelopment of societynationally and globallyTheuniversityoffers aninspiring research and teachingenvironment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has anannualrevenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

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