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School of Culture and Society - Theology, Dept. of - Faculty: Arts

Assistant or Associate Professor in Old Testament Studies

Deadline 14 Dec

Expected start 1 Aug

  • School of Culture and Society - Theology, Dept. of Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3 8000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time position ID: 4486

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of assistant professor or associate professor in Old Testament Studies.

In the application, candidates must state explicitly whether they are applying for the position of assistant or associate professor.

If an assistant professor is appointed, the position will be a three-year, full-time training position involving research and teaching obligations and publications at PhD level (as a minimum). After three years, and subject to appropriate funding, an associate professorship in Old Testament Studies will be announced in open competition.

If an associate professor is appointed, this will be a full-time permanent position.

The position is available from 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Department of Theology, Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3 – 7, 8000 Aarhus C.

The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

The position
The Department of Theology at Aarhus University has always had a strong section in Old Testament Studies in both its study programmes and research. The position is offered with a view to attracting a talented, innovative and dedicated candidate who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of internationally recognised research areas within Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies at the Department of Theology.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at an international level at the School of Culture and Society in general and the Department of Theology in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Participation in the daily life of the Department of Theology is of a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

Applicants must possess the qualifications and ambitions necessary to conduct research in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. The School of Culture and Society emphasises the importance of high-quality research as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects, and the ability to attract external research funding. In addition, the Department of Theology has a significant international profile and strong research networks. Accordingly, we are looking for a candidate with a strong research profile and track record in Old Testament Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and take part in the activities of the department’s theological research programme and its Old Testament research unit, and to develop and contribute to research initiatives in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners and external research funding.

In the application, applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development of Old Testament Studies at Aarhus University with respect to research, teaching and external research funding.

The research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time that has been available to applicants. So we encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they have had without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity, illness, etc.), enabling us to subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.

Applicants for the assistant professorship should be prepared to teach and supervise students at BA and MA level, while applicants for the associate professorship should also be prepared to teach and supervise at PhD level.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the development and application of innovative teaching methods. The Department of Theology expects that the successful applicant will participate actively in the development of a dynamic teaching environment in dialogue with students and other professors. The position involves teaching duties in Old Testament Studies as well as responsibility for the development of interdisciplinary teaching activities. This also includes (team) teaching of other and comparable topics in the study programmes at the Department of Theology and beyond, including the new Master’s degree programme in Diaconia. In addition, the position may include responsibility for teaching courses in Biblical Hebrew. See http://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/theology/

If an assistant professor is appointed, the person concerned will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching devised especially for assistant professors.

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.

Talent development
If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant is expected to contribute to talent development in Old Testament Studies and at the Department of Theology in general. This means that the successful applicant will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant is expected to engage in knowledge exchange and the public dissemination of knowledge as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. Applicants for the position of associate professor should document prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in theology or related fields.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must have teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme.

Applicants for the associate professorship must be able to document competences corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship

All applicants must also document:
  • Academic publications at a high international level in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.
  • Knowledge of historical-critical and contextual approaches to the exegesis and theology of the Old Testament.
  • Knowledge of relevant fields of the humanities or social science which are relevant to Old Testament Studies.
  • Knowledge of sources and cultures in the Ancient East Mediterranean. 
  • A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile.
Applicants for the associate professorship must also document:
  • Experience of participation in national and international research networks.
  • Experience of communication and knowledge exchange.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary collaboration as well as interdisciplinary research.
  • Experience of obtaining external research funding.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary teaching including innovative teaching methods.
  • Experience of teaching development, the supervision of students at all levels, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.
Applicants for the assistant professorship should at least be able to document an interest in the six areas of experience mentioned above in connection with the associate professorship.

Please note that only publications which are actually submitted alongside applications will be assessed: a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications which are not accompanied by such publications will not be assessed.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

In order to maintain and develop the department’s research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.

The application must be uploaded in English.

Language and further information
Applicants must be able to teach and communicate in Danish at university level. 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.

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email: mbb@au.dk

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ulrik Nissen, email: afdelingsleder.teologi@cas.au.dk

The Department of Theology
The successful applicant will join the Department of Theology at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts. The Department of Theology at Aarhus University is one of the largest environments for theological research in Europe, and attracts a number of internationally recognised researchers. The environment is nationally and internationally renowned for its research activities in several areas such as the history of ancient Israelite religion and Old Testament anthropology, Pauline studies and gospel studies, Christianity in antiquity, Reformation theology, systematic theology, including theological ethics and dogmatics, ecumenical and practical theology, as well as the study of N.F.S. Grundtvig and K.E. Løgstrup. The Department of Theology offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in theology (cand. theol.), as well as a Master’s degree programme in diaconia (cand. mag.).

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 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.

For further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.

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.

Formalities 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 bagground.
Shortlists are 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: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

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.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

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

Questions about the position?

Ulrik Nissen

Ulrik Nissen Associate professor, School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject +4587162461 teoubn@cas.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Arts Administrative Centre - Arts HR emply.ar.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Monday 14 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET