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Professor of China Studies in a Global Perspective

University of Aarhus - School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th May 2019
Closes: 15th August 2019

The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies, at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as a full professor of China studies in a global perspective with a focus on modern or contemporary China. The position is available to start as soon as possible after 1 January 2020.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The professorship is being offered with a view to attracting talented applicants with an extensive and documented track record in innovative and internationally recognised research in the area of China studies, combined with specialist expertise in the humanities or social sciences as well as fluency in Chinese. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society and Aarhus University in general, and to strengthen the research activities and output of the Department of Global Studies in particular.

Apart from research, the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the following areas: education, talent development and knowledge exchange within modern or contemporary China studies at Aarhus University located within the field of global studies. The professor will be expected to undertake responsibility for and leadership of the academic evolution and profile of China studies at Aarhus University both nationally and internationally.

The successful applicant will also be expected to provide academic leadership in the development of research programmes in the field of China studies, to develop new research projects with internal and external partners, to raise external research funding, and to take part in the daily activities of the department. Moreover, it will be expected that s/he has a strong engagement with interdisciplinary research cooperation within the Department of Global Studies and its global studies research programme, in the School of Culture and Society, at the Faculty of Arts and beyond.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
The successful applicant will be required to teach and supervise in China studies at all levels of the department’s degree programmes (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have extensive teaching experience at university level. Furthermore, s/he will be expected to take a leading role in the teaching and further development of multidisciplinary area studies programmes, especially in a recently launched global and area studies programme and in collaboration with representatives of other existing area study programmes.

Talent development and knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers, to contribute to mentoring, talent development and supervision of PhD students, and to design and teach PhD courses. Moreover, it will be 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.

Read the full job description at the university homepage


15 August 2019

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