Arab and Islamic Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor, Aarhus University (Danemark) — LIMITE : 15/12/2013

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a position in Arab and Islamic Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

The assistant professorship is available for a period of three years, and, subject to appropriate funding, there will be an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship. The associate professorship is a permanent (tenured) position. The position is available from 1 August 2014.

The Position
The Department of Culture and Society 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 department’s other fields of study.
The position is a part of the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU).

We are looking for scholars with a strong research profile in the modern or contemporary Arab or Islamic world.

The position involves research based in any relevant discipline, including anthropology, history, sociology, political science and international relations. Research related to globalisation, transnationalism or transregionalism which includes aspects of Islam would be an advantage, but not a prerequisite. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will continue to research and develop within these areas.

The successful candidate will join the Arab and Islamic Studies programme and the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit. For more information, see below.

The successful candidate will teach and develop a range of introductory and advanced courses within Arab and Islamic studies and carry out BA and MA supervision. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in teaching development and educational development.

Talent development
If the position is filled as an associate professorship, the successful candidate 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.

If the position is filled as an assistant professorship, the assistant professor will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities.

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.

The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree or equivalent level, and applicants for the associate professorship must have teaching experience equivalent to that acquired during a three-year assistant professorship.

The successful candidate will also have competence in one or more relevant research languages, and at least some research at the postdoctoral level. Applicants for the associate professorship must also document:

  • An internationally oriented research and publication profile
  • Participation in national and international research networks
  • Experience with or an interest in the exchange of knowledge with various sectors of society outside the university
  • 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.
Applicants for the assistant professorship must document experience with or an interest in the above mentioned areas.

Applications are invited from all interested scholars, irrespective of gender or citizenship. No knowledge of Danish is required; teaching will be conducted initially in English. There will be a requirement to learn Danish within two years of appointment, and appropriate support will be given for this purpose.

The application must be submitted in English.

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

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR partner Louise Søndergaard, e-mail

Research environment
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.

Read more at this website.

The Department of Culture and Society
The focus of the teaching and research activities of the Department of Culture and Society 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 – and very different – worlds
• from local questions to global challenges.

The department encompasses a range of strong research and degree programmes, which in dialogue with each other and with society work to develop innovative ways of addressing issues of topical or general interest. The goal of the department is to produce compelling research with international resonance and visibility as well as to offer high-quality undergraduate and post-graduate study programmes. We also work to engage Danish society in a fruitful exchange of knowledge. We offer an informal, yet challenging working environment. Participation in the daily life of the programme is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with respect to our students.

Read more at this website.

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, education, talent development and knowledge exchange activities.

With its 800 academic staff members, 300 PhD students, 13,000 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, the Department of Culture and Society, the Department of Education, the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, and the AU Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Each of these units has strong academic environments that form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty’s research and teaching activities take place within the context of extensive international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in close interaction with society.


    • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
    • Teaching portfolio, degree certificate (copy), curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and verified information on previous teaching experience must be submitted with the application.
    • When you submit your application for the assistant professorhsip, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output.
  • When you submit your application for the associate professorship, please upload a maximum of eight samples of your scholarly output.
All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.
All applications must be made online and received by 15 December 2013.
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