Assistant Professorships in the Archaeology of Urban Networks and Exchange Aarhus University, Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society Denmark

Assistant Professorships in the Archaeology of Urban Networks and Exchange 889217


The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or two assistant professorships, focusing on core themes within the centre’s agenda for research on urban societies in the past.

The call is for full-time, three-year positions, starting on 1 June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Moesgaard, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg.


The positions

The positions represent an opportunity for eminent young researchers to set the agenda for research into the historical archaeology and/or archaeoscience of urban societies and networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages, and to participate in one of Europe’s most groundbreaking archaeological research initiatives of this decade.


We are looking to include researchers and their projects in the centre’s work, which integrates questions and problems relating to the humanities and concerning urban development and networks.


The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) explores the archaeology and history of urban societies and their networks from the Ancient Mediterranean to medieval Northern Europe and to the Indian Ocean World. We are an interdisciplinary research initiative which integrates new methods from the natural sciences with context-cultural studies rooted in the humanities. Approaching urbanism as a network dynamic, we aim to develop a high-definition archaeology to determine how urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past.


The centre’s work ranges from Northern Europe over the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects as well as material which has already been excavated, and concerns both theoretical and methodological issues. UrbNet strives to embrace and connect the archaeological research clusters at Aarhus University with new and advanced analytical techniques in geoscience and physics for dating and characterising archaeological sites; and creates a research environment for cross-fertilising approaches from the humanities and sciences. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.

Please consult the following link:



We are looking for researchers with a strong research profile in subjects such as comparative urban archaeology, the material culture of exchanged objects and materials, or the cultural perceptions and activities behind the formation of urban stratigraphies. The research should relate to one or more of the centre’s focus areas, including the era between the Hellenistic Period and the end of the Middle Ages in the regions targeted by the centre’s initiatives: Northern Europe, the Levant or the East Coast of Africa.

The positions offer unique opportunities for carrying out cross-disciplinary research, and the successful applicant(s) will be expected to play an active part in the centre’s daily activities. The successful applicant(s) will also be expected to participate in both teaching and research related to the centre’s initiatives and to advance the centre’s research agenda in general.

We are looking for researchers working on intersecting questions and problems concerning urban development and networks. Projects should align with one or more of the core agendas of the centre:


• How does the combination of multiple methods and approaches help to characterise the material and/or social biographies of urban sites in the past?
• How does the contextual study of archaeological data, including scientific and historical analysis, clarify the structure, dynamics and agency of urban networks in different periods and regions?
• How do high-definition chronologies, site biographies and recorded history integrate as synthetic accounts of urban societies?


Applicants should include a short research proposal on a topic within the research agenda of the centre (included in the letter of application).


The successful applicant must be prepared to teach and supervise students at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programmes at the department relevant to the centre’s research.


The person(s) appointed to the post(s) will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching especially designed for assistant professors.


Talent development

Assistant professors are expected to develop their own supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.


Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant(s) 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.


Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in archaeology or related fields. Applicants must also be able to document:

• An established research and publication record in the field of urban archaeology, material culture studies or archaeoscience related to urban contexts
• The ability to work in teams
• Teaching experience, at least to the level acquired during the course of a PhD degree
• Experience of or interest in communication and knowledge exchange
• Experience of and/or interest in supervising student projects, as well as interest in researcher talent development
• Mastery of academic English in the classroom.


For further information about the position, please contact the Centre Director, Professor Rubina Raja ( or the Deputy Director, Professor MSO Søren Sindbæk (


Applications must be submitted in English.


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


Further information about UrbNet can be found at 

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 School of Culture and Society, please see this website 




Appointment as lecturer requires scientific qualifications at PhD level.



    • Concerning the recruitment procedure refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    • Appointment is in accordance with the agreement between the Finance and AC .

    • Regarding qualification requirements and job descriptions refer to the job structure of the memo .

    • On application and annexes refer to the guide for applicants for academic positions at Arts.

    • The application must contain a motivation for the job and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, relevant exam papers and scientific production (maximum total of 5 works). This material transmitted electronically in connection with the application.


Unless otherwise indicated in the advertisement application must be written in English.


All interested candidates irrespective of personal background are encouraged to apply.


Application deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

04.18.2017 Please apply online here

Faculty of Arts


Arts is one of four main areas at Aarhus University. Arts contributes to the University research, talent development, knowledge exchange and education.


With around 500 faculty members, 260 graduate students, 12,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 2,500 students in the after / training constitutes Arts a strong and diverse research and education environment.


Arts consists of the Department of Communication and Culture, Department of Culture and Society, National Institute of Education and Training, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. The units houses each strong academic environments and form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education. 
The disciplines and programs at Arts in international collaboration and share a common goal to contribute to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture of interaction with the surrounding community.



Aarhus University is a modern, broad, professional and research-intensive university with excellence in education and research and a strong commitment to the development of society nationally and globally. The University offers an inspiring education and research environment for 42,500 students and 11,500 staff and has an annual budget of 6.3 billion. kr. Read more on .

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Educaloxy


All Jobs






Uni Anu

Uni Copenhagen

Uni Gothenburg

Uni Kuwait

Uni Laval

Uni Nus Singapore

Uni Seoul

Uni Simon Fraser

Uni Tcd

Uni Tokio

Uni Unsw