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Assistant Professorship in Sound Studies

University of Aarhus - School of Communication and Culture

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th September 2018
Closes: 7th October 2018
Job Ref: 1003957

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of assistant professor in sound studies. The assistant professorship is a full-time and fixed-term, three-year position with an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship. The position is located within the School of Communication and Culture and is a collaboration with the departments of Digital Design & Information StudiesDramaturgy and Musicology and Art HistoryAesthetics & Culture and Museology. 

The position is available from 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position

The aim of this position is to strengthen the focus of the School of Communication and Culture on sound as an interdisciplinary field of study, for instance in relation to human perception, environmental contexts, sound technology and media, and the sociological and aesthetic aspects of sound. The school also wishes to strengthen and further develop the collaboration on sound studies research and teaching between the involved departments and across different degree programmes in digital design (audio design track), musicology, and aesthetics and culture. 

The person appointed to the post must complete Aarhus University’s teacher training programme for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching.


We are looking for applicants with an international research profile in sound studies and a strong theoretical foundation for doing practice-oriented research. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the further development of research in sound studies at the School of Communication and Culture and in conjunction with the Center for Sound Studies.

The successful candidate will be expected to emphasise practice-oriented methodologies of research as well as developing a field of research that engages with society in relation to environmental concerns, sound design, sonification and/or other areas.

The School of Communication and Culture places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding.


The successful applicant must be prepared to teach courses within the field of sound studies at both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level, including courses in the theory and practice of sound studies and in sound production and design. Applicants are requested to indicate the courses in the study programmes of digital design (audio design track), musicology, and/or aesthetics and culture that they are capable of teaching, and to propose titles for elective courses related to their research. Applicants must also expect to teach courses in other areas of digital design or musicology than those relating to sound studies.

The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in teaching and educational development, and to contribute to the school’s academic environment, including collaboration with other relevant academic programmes.

Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant will also be expected to teach in English.

Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.

Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant is expected to engage in knowledge exchange, 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.

Read the full job description and apply online here

Application deadline: 7/10/2018 

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