Academic Positions

Associate Professorship in Anthropology 1008581

The Department of Anthropology, part of the larger School of Culture and Society, invites applications for the position of associate professor of anthropology. The associate professorship is a permanent, full-time position, commencing on 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The application deadline is 29 November 2018.

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

Job description
We are looking for a colleague who is able to contribute to the further development of the department’s thriving research and educational environments by either strengthening its existing foci (see below) or expanding its profile in new directions. We are looking for a candidate with a strong understanding of, and training within, the general field of social/cultural anthropology. We are looking for applicants with excellent and well-documented core anthropological research credentials, including experience and expertise gained through long-term ethnographic fieldwork, an outstanding publication record, and a documented ability to attract external funding and nurture international collaboration. The position is open in terms of regional and thematic specialisations.

The successful applicant will be responsible for planning, developing and teaching anthropology at BA, MA and PhD level, as well as possibly contributing to the department’s Master’s programme in human security. The successful applicant must be able to teach general courses in anthropology (see language requirements/expectations below). We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students, so the ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to participatory teaching initiatives and student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.

We are particularly keen to continue to develop the department’s profile in pushing the barriers and conventions of the anthropological discipline through alternative and experimental ways of conducting ethnographic research, teaching, and ways of engaging with partners outside academia. We invite applicants to describe their visions and document their contributions within these areas.

Applicants must hold a PhD or its equivalent in social/cultural anthropology as well as having documented teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired through an assistant professorship. They must also be able to document the following:

• Relevant academic publications at the highest international level
• Solid ethnographic fieldwork experience
• Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
• Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding
• Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at MA level
• A commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects and talent development.

Please note that applications which do not include samples of publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

At the Department of Anthropology, Bachelor’s courses are generally taught in Danish, while most courses on Master’s programmes are taught in English. Applicants must be able to teach and supervise in English at university level.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to acquire the language within a period of approximately three years, to a level sufficient to commence teaching and supervising in Danish.

Applications must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Mads Daugbjerg, Head of the Department of Anthropology (

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

The Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology, one of seven departments comprising the School of Culture and Society, is among the largest and strongest academic environments within its field in Europe. Its scientific staff consists of around 20 tenured full and associate professors, 10-15 assistant professors and post-doctoral fellows, and a cohort of more than 40 PhD students. More than 500 Bachelor’s and Master’s students are enrolled in the department’s teaching programmes at any given time. The department has a strong international profile, attracting visiting researchers, fellows and students from across the world.

The department’s researchers are committed to the anthropological tradition that combines rich empirical research based on ethnographic fieldwork with theoretically based historical and comparative studies. Its core research encompasses broad cross-disciplinary work on theories about what it means to be human, detailed methodological reflections on the basic conditions and current challenges of fieldwork, thorough engagement with specific regional and thematic problems, and continuing experiments with anthropological forms of representation. Regionally, the department’s expertise extends throughout most geographical areas of the world. Its researchers are engaged on all continents, with a particularly substantial strength in Southern and South-East Asia, combined with a strong ethnographic commitment to Denmark and Danish society. Thematically, the department is no less diverse, with a history of research clusters within the anthropology of politics, religion, modernity and medicine having been reinforced, in recent years, by new research foci such as land and border conflicts, migration and mobility, urbanism, design and planning, environmental and multi-species ethnography, heritage and memory, as well as visual anthropology and experimental methodologies.

The department’s teaching programmes offer first-rate training in theory, data collection and analysis, combined with a strong emphasis on learning through fieldwork practice and other ways of external engagement, including corporate and governmental contexts. We offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in anthropology as well as an interdisciplinary, English-language Master’s programme in human security, supplementary (minor) programmes in anthropology and sociology, and a Danish-language, part-time Master’s degree programme in health anthropology designed for healthcare professionals. As part of their Master’s degree programme in anthropology, students choose a track specialisation in general, visual 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 security-related challenges across the globe. Our close relationship with the adjacent Moesgaard Museum and its staff – some of whom hold positions shared between the university and the museum – provides students and staff with opportunities for creating exhibitions or otherwise engaging in research communication with the general public.

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 ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering 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.

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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.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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:


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Please apply online here

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