Job: Aarhus heritage position posted

Assistant or associate professorship in sustainable heritage management – 687901

The Department of Culture and Society, Section for Archaeology, invites applications for an assistant professorship or an associate professorship in sustainable heritage management.

If an assistant professor is appointed, the position will be a three-year training position. An associate professorship will then be advertised in the same subject area. If an associate professor is appointed, the position will be a permanent, full-time position.

The position is available from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
The position is affiliated with the degree programme in sustainable heritage management, which is a new, interdisciplinary Masters degree programme anchored in the Section for Archaeology. The degree programme involves collaboration between the Sections for Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy and the History of Ideas at the Department of Culture and Society, as well as the Section for the Experience Economy at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication.

We are looking for an enthusiastic assistant professor/associate professor who can coordinate and develop the degree programme and research field, and who can contribute to and develop the many subject-related opportunities in all Aarhus University’s core activities (research, teaching, talent development and knowledge exchange).

The position involves the coordination and further development of the degree programme, teaching and research in sustainable heritage management. The degree programme is based on a broad understanding that cultural heritage constitutes the complex relationships between the material traces of the past, human identity and memory, and the institutional and authorised management and communication of history and its legacy, as well as natural heritage. On the basis of a thorough theoretical and methodical introduction, the degree programme attaches particular importance to the practical aspects of cultural heritage management, including administrative aspects, communication and project management, with due regard for the principles of sustainability in environmental, political, social, cultural and economic terms. The successful applicant will be expected to be able to participate in both the methodical theoretical subjects and the more practical subjects.

The position belongs under the Section for Archaeology, but the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to other degree programmes at the department, depending on their particular area of focus.

For a more detailed description of sustainable heritage management, please see:
The academic regulations.

For a more detailed description of the objectives of the degree programme, please see this website.

Research
The successful applicant is expected to have the kind of enthusiasm for research that can lead to international projects (ERC, Horizon 2020, calls addressing cultural heritage; JPI Cultural Heritage etc.), as well as being able to provide evidence of excellent research within the areas and themes of the subject. The applicant appointed to the assistant or associate professorship is expected to play a central role in the further development of sustainable heritage management as a field of research at AU, depending on their particular area of focus.

Education
The successful applicant will be expected to teach and supervise Danish and international students in sustainable heritage management. The degree programme involves inter-disciplinary collaboration, and the successful applicant will be expected to develop the degree programme by incorporating a variety of subjects.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to have an interest in (and preferably experience of) knowledge exchange with society in relation to this area of research.

Talent development
If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be expected to undertake the supervision of PhD students and contribute to the development and implementation of PhD courses within this subject field.

For further information about the position, please contact the current degree programme coordinator for sustainable heritage management, associate professor Andres Dobat, farkado@cas.au.dk, tel. +45 87 16 20 94 or the head of the Section for Archaeology, associate professor Mette Svart Kristiansen,markmsk@cas.au.dk, tel. +45 87 16 20 84.

Qualifications
Applicants for the assistant professorship must show that they have a PhD degree or similar qualification within the field of heritage in a broad sense (e.g. archaeology, anthropology, heritage studies, the history of ideas and the experience economy), and/or heritage management involving sustainability. Applicants for the assistant professorship must also have teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme. Applicants for the associate professorship must have scholarly qualifications at an international level and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship.

Applicants for the associate professorship must be able to document:

– a clear methodical and theoretical international research profile
– significant research results in the field of heritage
– a sound theoretical and practical sustainability profile
– participation in national and international research networks
– experience of or an interest in communication and knowledge exchange
– broad teaching and supervision experience, including experience of innovative and student-inclusive teaching methods, IT-based courses and teaching development
– experience of collaboration with other subjects.

It is an advantage (but not a prerequisite) if applicants for the associate professorship:

– can document experience of degree programme management
– have practical experience in the field of heritage management at a national and/or international level.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must be able to document experience of or an interest in the above points at PhD level.

As part of our research and teaching team, the successful assistant or associate professor will be expected to contribute to the development of the local subject environment, as well as contributing to the academic environment both internally within the Faculty of Arts and with the rest of Aarhus University. Participation in the daily life of the programme is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

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.

Please state clearly whether you are applying for the assistant professorship or the associate professorship.

The application must be uploaded in English.

For more information about the application and the appointment procedure, please contact HR partner Louise Søndergaard, e-mail ls@hum.au.dk.

The academic environment
The sustainable heritage management subject environment is a new and innovative education and research environment constituting a community of several subjects across two departments at the Faculty of Arts: the Department of Culture and Society and the Department of Aesthetics and Communication. The degree programme is anchored in the Section for Archaeology, which is a dynamic study/research environment which joins the Section for Anthropology in sharing a unique environment with Moesgård Museum, one of Denmark’s largest museums of cultural history, at the Moesgård estate south of Aarhus. The museum performs a range of significant cultural heritage tasks on behalf of the Danish Agency for Culture. The new museum building, designed by the world-famous architect Henning Larsen, contains modern facilities to support new forms of cultural heritage presentation and research. This enables Moesgård to form a unique setting for an international research and teaching environment with major research projects, international conferences, a variety of visiting scholars, and a range of international Master’s degree programmes. The other subject environments behind the degree programme (the Sections for Philosophy and the History of Ideas and the Experience Economy) are located on the central campus in Aarhus.

The Department of Culture and Society
Sustainable heritage management is anchored at the Department of Culture and Society, which deals with the interaction 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 is closely linked to 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.

Formalities

  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. AC.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.
  • Teaching portfolio, degree certificate (copy), curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and verified information on previous teaching experience must be submitted with the application. When you submit your application for the assistant professorship, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output. When you submit your application for the associate professorship, please upload a maximum of eight samples of your scholarly output.

All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

17.10.2014
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 Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Department of Culture and Society, Department of Education (DPU), Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, and AU Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. 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

Aarhus University offers an inspiring education and research environment for 44,500 students and 11,500 members of staff, ensuring results of a high international standard. The budgeted turnover for 2014 amounts to DKK 6.2 billion. The university’s strategy and development contract are available atwww.au.dk/en.

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