Assistant/Associate Professorship in the Study of Religion Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society Denmark

Assistant/Associate Professorship in the Study of Religion 


The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a position as either assistant professor or associate professor within the Department of the Study of Religion, with a particular focus on indigenous religions. The position is available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.


If an assistant professor is appointed, the position will be a three-year training position involving research and teaching obligations and publications at doctoral level (as a minimum). The emphasis is on the applicant’s research potential. An associate professorship will be advertised in the field covered by the position in continuation of the assistant professorship.


If an associate professor is appointed, the position will be a permanent, full-time position offered to applicants that can document qualifications corresponding to those achieved in a three-year assistant professor position or the like.

The position

The assistant/associate professorship is being offered with a view to attracting a talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued development of innovative, internationally recognised research areas at the Department of the Study of Religion, with a particular focus on indigenous religions. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to international-level research in one or more indigenous religious traditions and to relate their findings to the broader field of comparative religion. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society in general and the Department of the Study of Religion in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.


The Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network with clear comparative and interdisciplinary components. The successful applicant will be expected to take part in developing the research programme in the study of religion and to contribute to research initiatives in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners, and external research funding.


Applicants must document research experience in the field of indigenous religions, which is taken to mean the religions of indigenous, tribal or native peoples in the world (for instance circumpolar Inuit and Siberian peoples, American Indians, Australian Aborigines, and African and Oceanic tribes and peoples).


Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in the study of religion (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have teaching experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society.


Applicants for the assistant professorship will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching especially designed for assistant professors.

Talent development

If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant is expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and to teaching and developing PhD courses.

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 cooperation with civil society or in 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 the study of religion or other relevant fields. Applicants for the assistant professorship should have teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme. Applicants for the associate professorship must have scholarly qualifications at an international level and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship.


Applicants must be able to document:

• Knowledge of the study of religion, including theoretical, methodological and comparative perspectives.

• Knowledge of the general history of religion and comparative religion.

• Thorough knowledge of indigenous religions and concomitant theoretical literature.

• Fieldwork experience and linguistic competence in at least one indigenous culture.

• A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile.

• Experience of or interest in collaboration and research with other fields within the study of religion as well as with other subject areas.

• Experience of active participation in international research collaboration.

• Experience of obtaining external funding.

• Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels (for associate professor applicants).

• Experience of interdisciplinary teaching, including innovative teaching methods.

• Experience of supervising student projects, and interest in research talent development (for associate professor applicants).


Applicants for the assistant professorship must be able to document experience of or an interest in the above fields at PhD level.

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. Appropriate support will be given for this purpose.


Applicants are expected to contribute to the academic environment at the department. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students, and participation in the daily life and activities of the department is a high priority.


It should be clearly indicated whether the application is for the assistant professorship or the associate professorship.


The application must be written in English.


For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jørn Borup, email 


For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail
Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


Research environment

The assistant/associate professor will be part of a strong international research environment at the department and will be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, seminars, etc., and to stimulate the development of new research projects at all levels within the field of the study of religion. The Department of the Study of Religion is one of the largest research environments in the world in this field, including strong research competences in the history of religion, contemporary religion, Islamic studies, cognition and experimental studies. The environment is interdisciplinary and comparative in its organisation and working methods, and the researchers are involved in a wide range of research projects with colleagues from other fields, such as biblical studies and church history within theology, the humanities in general, the social sciences and the natural sciences. Please read more here:   

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 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, please see

Deadline: 4 April 2018



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

  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations .

  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.

  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant degree certificates, and (if relevant for the position) a teaching portfolio. Please upload this material electronically along with your application. When you submit your application for the assistant professorship, 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. In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.


Shortlists are 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: 



All applications must be made online and received by:


Please apply online 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.



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