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

Assistant Professorship in the Archaeology of Urban Networks and Exchange 924809


The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for an assistant professorship, 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 position, starting on 1 December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

The position

The position represent an opportunity for an eminent young researcher 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.

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We are looking for a researcher 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 position offer unique opportunities for carrying out cross-disciplinary research, and the successful applicant will be expected to play an active part in the centre’s daily activities. The successful applicant 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 a researcher 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 appointed to the post will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching especially designed for assistant professors.

Talent development

The assistant professor is expected to develop his/her own supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.

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, 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 an assistant 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 5 jobs). 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:

01.10.2017 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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