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School of Communication and Culture - Art History, Aesthetics & Culture , Museology, Dept. of - Faculty: Arts

Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Culture

Deadline 15 Dec

Expected start 15 Jun

  • School of Communication and Culture - Art History, Aesthetics & Culture , Museology, Dept. of Langelandsgade 139 8000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time position ID: 4706

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor of aesthetics and culture at the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology.

The appointment is full-time and tenured and begins on 15 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of their personal background.

The position

The study of aesthetics and culture at Aarhus University involves an interdisciplinary programme focusing on art and culture in modern society in a broad sense. Based on a broad conception of aesthetics, the programme focuses on the analysis of art and aesthetic phenomena and the roles they play in culture in a contemporary but historically reflected perspective. The programme incorporates and develops theories and methodological approaches which transcend the boundaries of individual art forms and traditional research fields.

We are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will enhance the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contributing to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange. The successful applicant is expected to contribute actively to the academic and collegial activities of the aesthetics and culture programme. The successful applicant must have strong academic competences and must be willing to participate in multidisciplinary teaching and research activities with regard to the interplay of aesthetic and cultural dimensions of society, including their digital perspectives, in a primarily contemporary context.


The aesthetics and culture programme at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. The programme’s researchers are active in various national and international research collaborations within the programme’s central fields: theories of aesthetics and culture, as well as aesthetic and cultural analysis. Current research interests include the mechanisms and consequences of aestheticisation as well as questions of mediality and intermediality, audio culture, the democratic public sphere, participatory culture, and the concept of contemporaneity.

We are looking for applicants who can document 1) strong research qualifications within the theory and analysis of aesthetics and culture, 2) research publications on an international level within digital aesthetics and culture, and 3) a primarily contemporary perspective on research fields such as art, literature, and the aesthetic dimensions of everyday life dealing with (for instance) design, sensory experience, communication, urban space, media and (digital) technology.

Applicants who can document experience of international and interdisciplinary research collaboration (in projects, networks, conferences, journals and publications) will be preferred.
The successful applicant will be expected to take a role in developing research in the fields of aesthetics and culture. The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally, as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within these academic fields. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the fields of aesthetics and culture and the research community at the department in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners and in connection with external research funding.

Teaching and supervision

The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Bachelor’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture, Master’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture and related PhD degree programmes. Applicants must be qualified to perform teaching duties in both aesthetically and culturally oriented subjects on the programme. Please indicate in your application which courses you will be able to teach. The successful applicant will also be expected to apply innovative teaching methods and to have experience of project-oriented, interdisciplinary and team-based teaching.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the ongoing development of aesthetics and culture curricula and the degree programme(s), and in this connection experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage.

Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant will be expected to teach in Danish as well as English. The successful applicant may also have to undertake teaching duties at other departments at the School of Communication and Culture.

Talent development

We are looking for applicants who have experience of supervising students at both BA and MA levels. The successful applicant will have to supervise students at all levels and will furthermore be expected to help develop the careers of early-career researchers, as well as to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the fields of aesthetics and culture.

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society, and the public dissemination of knowledge.

The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.


Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to aesthetics and culture as well as teaching and research experience commensurate with that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:
  • an internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong, international, peer-reviewed research publication record dealing with the interplay of aesthetics and culture
  • experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
  • teaching and supervision competences and experience at BA and MA level, including curriculum development
  • experience of knowledge exchange
  • completion of a teacher-training programme especially designed for university teaching, or an equivalent qualification.
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
  • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions
  • experience of applying for external research funding.
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next four years as well as stating how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research developments within the field.
Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

Work environment

Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. See Family and work-life balance for further information.

International applicant?

International applicants are encouraged to see 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.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected within about three years to acquire sufficient fluency in Danish to perform the necessary teaching and examination duties as well as coping with administration and participation in the academic life relating to the programme.

The department

The place of employment is the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology, Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
Prospective applicants are invited to view the department’s website.

School of Communication and Culture

The school is a part of the Faculty of Arts. You will find information about the school and its research programmes, departments, and diverse activities on its website.


For further information about the position, please contact Lise Skytte Jakobsen, Head of the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology, by tel.: +45 8716 3073 or by email: kunlsj@cc.au.dk.

If you need help uploading your application or if you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Arts HR support: tel.: +4593522300 or by e-mail: emply.ar.hr@au.dk.

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

Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order). The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

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: 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 https://international.au.dk/

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?

Lise Skytte Jakobsen

Lise Skytte Jakobsen Associate professor, Centre Director, School of Communication and Culture - Art History +4587163073 kunlsj@cc.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Arts Administrative Centre - Arts HR +4587162298 emply.ar.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Tuesday 15 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET