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School of Culture and Society - China Studies, subject - Faculty: Arts

Assistant Professorship in China Studies with a specialisation in contemporary politics in China

Deadline 15 Dec

Expected start 1 Aug

  • School of Culture and Society - China Studies, subject Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Aug 2021 - 31 Jul 2024 ID: 4748

The Department of Global Studies, part of the larger School of Culture and Society, invites applications for a position as assistant professor in China Studies. The position will commence on 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

An assistant professorship is a full-time, three-year training position that involves research and teaching at the BA and MA level and includes an obligatory course in university teaching for assistant professors. Following the assistant professorship period, an associate professorship within the same academic field will be announced in open competition.

Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Global Studies, Nobelparken Campus, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

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

The position
The position will be associated with the China Studies programme at the Department of Global Studies, School of Culture and Society, and is a combined teaching and research position.

The position is offered with a view to attracting talented applicants with an excellent and well-documented track record in innovative and internationally recognised research on politics in China and a specialisation in contemporary, national and/or local politics. Applicants must be fluent 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 Department of Global Studies’ research activities and output in particular. He/she will be expected to take an interest in interdisciplinary research collaboration within the Department of Global Studies and its Global Studies research programme, the School of Culture and Society, the Faculty of Arts, and beyond.

The successful applicant will also be expected to develop new research projects with internal and external partners and to raise external research funding.

The applicant’s research credentials and publication record within the field, i.e. politics in China, will be assessed not just on existing publications and other research contributions but also on research potential.

Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. We therefore ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (for instance due to maternity/paternity leave) in order to gauge their research productivity.

The successful applicant will be required to teach and supervise in China Studies at BA and MA levels of the department’s degree programmes and will be expected to have teaching experience at university level. Furthermore, s/he will be expected to contribute to the teaching and further development of multidisciplinary Area Studies programmes, especially in a recently launched Global and Area Studies MA programme (taught in collaboration with representatives of other existing Area Study programmes) including general courses on theory and methodology. https://kandidat.au.dk/globaleomr%c3%a5destudier/

We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students, so applicants should be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to participatory teaching initiatives and student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as described in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts https://arts.au.dk/om-arts/strategi-arts-2020-2025/, for instance research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society partners or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants must hold a PhD in China Studies/Area Studies, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology or a related discipline. They must also be able to document the following:
  • An internationally oriented research profile documented through relevant academic publications, and possibly other research contributions, at the international level
  • Experience of university-level teaching and a commitment to teaching development and the supervision of student projects
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Full (high) proficiency in the Chinese language
  • Experience of or interest in obtaining exteral research funding
Please note that applications who do not include samples of publications (maximum five) will not be considered. A list of publications is not sufficient. 

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.

At the Department of Global Studies, courses are generally taught in Danish or English. Applicants must be able to teach and supervise in English at university level.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, s/he will be expected to acquire the language within a period of approximately two years.

Applications must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the content of the position, please contact Head of Department Uwe Skoda (skoda@cas.au.dk) or the Head of the Degree Programme in China Studies Andreas Steen (ostas@cas.au.dk)

For further information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (mbb@au.dk)

China Studies at the Department of Global Studies
We study and teach about China within the academic tradition of language-based area studies. Our main emphasis is on Chinese society, culture and history in contemporary and twentieth-century Chinese society with a particular research focus on Chinese socialisation, migration, cultural production and language acquisition. We have a comprehensive BA programme in China Studies and an MA programme in Global and Area Studies with a China specialisation, and we are an active part of the PhD programme Global Studies, Anthropology and Study of Religion. The China Studies section collaborates closely with other sections of the Department of Global Studies to produce interdisciplinary research and to offer interdisciplinary teaching. We are also engaged in several outreach activities, such as further education and media appearances. 

Global Studies at Aarhus University
As an Area Studies programme, China Studies is an integral part of the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University, which consists of language-based regional study programmes, comprising China, Japan, India/South Asia, Russia, Brazil, Europe and International Studies. It focuses on a broad spectrum of original language source-based research and the teaching of history, culture and society. The approaches used have roots in both the humanities and the social sciences and aim to introduce creative teaching methods solidly founded in research.

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 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 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 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
Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

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/.

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.

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, 10,500 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, 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.

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?

Uwe Skoda

Uwe Skoda Associate professor, School of Culture and Society - India and South Asia Studies +4587162325 skoda@cas.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

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


Deadline: Tuesday 15 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET