Associate Professorship in Russian Studies Aarhus University, Department of Global Studies Denmark

Associate professorship in Russian Studies 919018


The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies, at Aarhus University invites applications for an associate professorship in contemporary Russian Studies with a special focus on the Soviet and post-Soviet eras in their social and cultural contexts.

The associate professorship is a full-time, permanent position available from 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The position

We are seeking an innovative and dedicated person who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. We are particularly interested in applicants with broad cultural studies research profile in particular the Soviet and post-Soviet eras of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The successful candidate will join the Eastern European Studies programme, which cooperates closely with in European, International and a number of programmes in Area Studies that are part of the Department of Global Studies. While anchored in Eastern European Studies, we expect the successful applicant to teach and develop activities at a broader departmental level. Additional tasks include support of the programme’s and the department’s outreach strategy, especially regarding international organisations, universities and companies. The position also entails working to strengthen the language based area profile of the Department of Global Studies through international research. 


The School of Culture and Society emphasises high-quality research and attaches great importance to interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects, and the ability to attract external research funding. 

The position involves research based in a relevant field within Russian cultural and literary studies or area studies. Commitment to and experience of interdisciplinary research, as well as ability to place Russian developments in their broader European, Eurasian and/or global contexts, would be an advantage.

We are particularly interested in work conducted within one or several of the following areas such as material, visual and/or media culture.  

In the application, the candidate should explicitly present her/his vision and plans for the development of Russian Studies within the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University regarding interdisciplinary research and teaching.


The successful applicant will be responsible for developing courses within Russian Studies but also relating Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet social and cultural topics to a broader regional framework, especially on the Master’s degree programme. Moreover, she/he will be expected to teach and develop courses at a broader departmental level. Furthermore, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience of collaborative teaching activities.

Talent development 

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the recruitment and development of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students, as well as teaching and developing PhD courses in relevant fields. 

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, public institutions, 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 cultural studies or comparable areas specialising in Russia, and must also document:

- A high level of competence in the Russian language
- A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile as well as participation in national and international research networks
- Prior experience of teaching in an international classroom. Teaching experience in Western European Higher Education Systems would be advantageous. 
- Mastery of academic English in the classroom. The successful applicant will also be expected to teach courses in English
- Interest in initiating and participating in collaborative projects with other research and teaching programmes and in international contexts
- Experience of interdisciplinary research cooperation 
- Experience of the application of innovative teaching methods, such as new forms of team teaching and collaborative student involvement
- Experience of obtaining external research funding
- Experience of supervising student projects and interest in researcher talent development.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority. The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the position, please contact associate professor Anemone Platz, phone +45 87 16 23 28 e-mail

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.

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

Work environment

The Department of Global Studies has a focus on regional and trans-regional research, and aims to provide a distinct approach to and understanding of the conditions of our contemporary globality. By combining cutting-edge area studies with history and the social sciences, the Department of Global Studies offers education and research which combine distinct knowledge about certain areas and their languages and cultures with state-of-the-art academic research in the emergent field of global studies. Please see this website: 

International Studies at Aarhus University is a multidisciplinary, Master’s degree programme which is taught in English. In recent years, it has developed into one of the largest Master’s degree programmes taught in English at the Faculty of Arts, attracting students from all over the world.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic programme and collaborate with international colleagues and students in an interdisciplinary environment. The academic staff include scholars with backgrounds in anthropology, history, political science and sociology, whose research spans fields including democracy, the cultural policies of the EU, globalisation, identities, institutions, art, gender, legitimacy, media, minorities, politics and economics, historical semantics, transnational networks and organisations, educational research and pop culture. A central resource of this diverse research environment is the multidisciplinary approach, which provides fruitful opportunities for national and international collaboration and for undertaking research activities – both at Aarhus University and in international collaborations – with colleagues from other fields.

For a more detailed description of the Master’s degree programme, please refer to this website:

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 a lecturer requires scientific qualifications at the PhD level.


    • Regarding the recruitment procedure, see the Ministry's Executive Order on the appointment of academic staff at universities.
    • Hiring is done in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC .
    • Regarding qualification requirements and job content, please refer to the job structure memorandum .
    • For applications and attachments, refer to the instructions for applicants for scientific positions at Arts.
    • The application must contain a motivation to apply for the position and be attached to a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, relevant exam papers and scientific production (maximum of 8 work). This material is sent electronically in connection with the application.

Unless otherwise stated in the vacancy notice, the application must be completed in English.

All interested regardless of personal background are invited to search.


Application deadline

All applications must be made online and received no later than:

16.08.2017 Search position online here

Faculty of Arts


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


With about 500 scientific staff, 260 PhD students, 10,500 bachelor and master's students and 1,500 students after graduate education, Arts constitutes a strong and diverse research and education environment.


Arts consists of the Department of Communication and Culture, the Department of Culture and Society, the Danish Institute for Education and Education, the Center for Educational Development and Digital Media. The units each house strong academic communities and form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education. 
The academic environments and programs at Arts are part of international collaborations and have a common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with the surrounding community.



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