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Full Professorship(s) in Anthropology

University of Aarhus - School of Culture and Society

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th November 2021
Closes: 5th January 2022

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or two full professorships within the field of anthropology. The positions are available from 1 August 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The professorships are permanent positions.

The successful applicant(s) will be based at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Department of Anthropology, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg.

In its pursuit of academic excellence, the Faculty of Arts is committed to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, etc.

The positions

The positions are being offered within the broad field of social/cultural anthropology, as we seek to attract top-level candidates who can contribute to the further development of the thriving research and educational environment at the university’s Department of Anthropology by either strengthening existing research foci (see below) or expanding the department’s profile in new directions. We are seeking candidates with excellent and well-documented core anthropological research credentials, including experience and expertise gained through long-term ethnographic fieldwork, an outstanding publication record, and the documented ability to attract external funding and nurture international collaboration.

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development, as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department both nationally and internationally. A distinct advantage will be a strong interest in (and experience of) talent development and the nurturing of young scholars, as well as capacity building with international partner institutions.


In the application, applicants should explicitly present their vision for the development of research and research training in the field of anthropology, including a research plan for the next five years. This plan should stipulate how the applicant will expand and/or complement the existing research specialisation at the department.

Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time available to the applicants, so any career breaks or periods of leave should be specified in the application.


Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to the development of courses and teaching plans, and willing to give supervision at all levels of the degree programmes in anthropology (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have considerable teaching and supervision experience at university level. Applicants should also be able to contribute to other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society.

Talent development

The department values its large (and growing) population of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, and wishes to sustain its focus on emerging research. The successful applicant(s) will be expected to have experience of and the ability to identify, attract and develop the work of junior scholars, and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and postdocs and the creation and teaching of PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will engage in knowledge exchange and dissemination with society as a whole, as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society and/or the public dissemination of knowledge in the media. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange, including attracting funding and documenting proactive efforts in relation to potential stakeholders in the world of research/knowledge.


Applicants must hold a PhD in anthropology as well as research and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired for a professorship.

Applicants must be able to document: 

  • Original academic publications at the highest international level, including innovative research in the field of anthropology
  • Solid, original ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, including the acquisition and administration of external funding in the field of anthropology
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervision at all levels
  • Commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses

Only submitted publications will be assessed (a maximum of eight can be uploaded); a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.

References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to provide professional references.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships among colleagues and with our students and therefore expect the successful candidate to be present at the department on a regular basis during the teaching semester.


At the Department of Anthropology, most of the BA courses are taught in Danish, while most MA programmes are taught in English. Applicants must be able to teach in English at university level. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, they will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

Applications must be uploaded in English. 

For further information about the position(s), please contact the Head of the School of Culture and Society Bjarke Paarup, email or the Head of Department Susanne Højlund, email

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

The Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology, one of seven departments at the School of Culture and Society, is among the largest and strongest academic environments within its field in Europe. The department has around 20 tenured full and associate professors, more than ten assistant professors and post-doctoral fellows, and a cohort of between 30 and 40 PhD students. More than 500 BA and MA students are enrolled in the department’s teaching programmes. The department has a strong international profile, attracting visiting researchers, fellows and students from around the world. The department is thus very much a site of emergent research and upcoming talent, and the new professor(s) will be expected to engage with and lead initiatives involving and catering for junior scholars.

The department’s research profile is extremely broad, focusing on core anthropological problems and issues in different human societies and social settings. Regionally, the department’s expertise extends throughout most geographical areas of the world, including Denmark and the Arctic, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Thematically, the department is no less diverse, with a history of research clusters within the anthropology of politics, religion, modernity and health having been reinforced, in recent years, by new research foci such as land and border conflicts, migration, mobility, urbanism and planning, food, environmental and multi-species ethnography, critical and phenomenological research, heritage, memory and temporality, as well as visual, multimodal and design anthropology. The department hosts numerous externally funded research projects on a variety of contemporary themes and challenges, such as human security in Africa, gender futures, ocean crisis, social epidemics, mental health, reading and writing practices, noise aesthetics, justice and repair in post-conflict contexts, immigration and the refugee crisis.  

The department’s teaching programmes offer first-rate training in theory, methodology and analysis combined with a strong emphasis on learning through fieldwork practice and other ways of engaging with the world such as multi-modal anthropology, museum exhibitions, and corporate and governmental contexts. We offer BA and MSc programmes in anthropology as well as an interdisciplinary, English-language MSc in human security, supplementary (minor) programmes in anthropology and sociology for BA students from other disciplines, and a part-time, Danish-language MA in health anthropology designed for healthcare professionals. As part of their MSc in anthropology, students choose a track specialisation in general, visual (multi-modal) or medical anthropology, preparing them for field studies and thesis writing within these areas. Likewise, our human security students engage with international partners such as NGOs in analysing and addressing real-life challenges across the globe. Our close relationship with the adjacent Moesgaard Museum and its staff provides students with opportunities for creating exhibitions or otherwise engaging in research communication with the general public. We include graduate students in the department’s research activities and seminars, for instance by inviting them to conduct fieldwork and write their theses in connection with major ongoing projects.

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 local questions to global challenges

The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance as well as to offer teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.
For further information about the school, please see

International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to check  family and work-life balance and attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers' employment by AU

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Shortlists may be 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: shortlisting

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 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 and the Danish School of Education. 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.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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