Assistant Professor in European Medieval History 700-1500 AD. 888123

The Department of History at the School of Culture and Society invites applications for the position of assistant professor in European medieval history 700-1500 AD, with special emphasis on the Nordic region.

The position is a three-year probationary position, and subject to appropriate funding a subsequent associate professorship in the same subject area will be announced in open competition.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The position is available from 1 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The position
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated researcher and teacher who is willing and able to contribute to the department in the field of medieval history 700-1500.

Applicants must possess the qualifications and ambition needed to actively develop research topics within medieval history. It is important that the successful applicant is willing and able to enter into collaboration with the other researchers at the Department of History as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration with colleagues within the broader framework of the School of Culture and Society and the Faculty of Arts in order to strengthen both research and teaching in medieval history.

Applicants must possess strong research qualifications in European medieval history. They must also document how they have obtained a research profile in the medieval history of the Nordic region, or present convincing plans for how they will build such a research profile.
The Department of History and the School of Culture and Society attach great importance to developing a dynamic international research profile with the focus on research of the highest quality. Applicants must also be willing and able to commit themselves to major collective projects, including adopting an active approach in applications for external grants.

The position will involve teaching topics in the field of European, Nordic and Danish medieval history. The successful applicant will be expected to play an active role in the broader teaching framework in the subject of history, including teaching methodological and theoretical auxiliary courses. Please see this website:

The selected applicant must be prepared to attend Aarhus University’s special teacher-training course for assistant professors.

Talent development
The position involves supervision tasks at both Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

Knowledge sharing
The position will require the successful applicant to play a part in knowledge-sharing activities inside and outside the university at international, national and local level.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Niels Brimnes, Head of Department, at; tel. + 45 87162208.

Applicants must provide documentary evidence of a PhD degree in history or similar qualifications. Applicants must also document:

• A relevant research profile at international level
• A relevant publication profile
• Experience of or interest in working in national and international research networks
• Interest in attracting external grants
• Interest in teaching at a broad university level, and preferably interest in interdisciplinary teaching and the development of new forms of instruction.

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.

Appointments normally require staff to be present on a daily basis, and the school attaches great importance to staff taking part in its everyday activities – including good working relationships with both colleagues and students.

The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the appointment process, please send an email to HR supporter Marianne Birn at 

The academic environment
The researchers and PhD students in history at Aarhus University concern themselves with history in many forms, primarily political history, cultural history and social history. Research especially comprises the history of Denmark and Europe, from Antiquity to the present day. Research projects are usually limited to specific historical periods and geographical regions, but characteristically the work traverses conventional chronological and geographical boundaries. Researchers participate in a variety of national and international research environments.

Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in history are offered. The Bachelor’s degree programme includes survey courses in Danish and world history, historical methodology, the uses of history, and courses in various historical topics. The Master’s degree programme is offered in the form of three different tracks: a track for those aiming at upper-secondary school teaching, a cultural history track, and a track comprising global and international history. In addition, a number of elective subjects are offered at both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels. The department also has a large number of PhD students and shares a joint research training programme for PhD students with the Department of Archaeology.

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 department’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The department 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 department, please see this website: 

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


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 background.


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, 12,500 BA and MA students, and 2,500 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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