Administrative Positions

Assistant Centre Administrator 938856

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a position as assistant centre administrator.

This is a full-time position in the category ‘technical-administrative staff’ for the period 1 February 2018–31 January 2021.

Place of work: Moesgård, 8270 Højbjerg.

The position
(UrbNet) explores the archaeology and history of urban societies and their networks from the Ancient Mediterranean to medieval Northern Europe and to the Indian Ocean World. It is an interdisciplinary research initiative, which integrates new methods from the natural sciences with contextual cultural studies rooted in the Humanities. Approaching urbanism as a network dynamic, UrbNet aims to develop a high-definition archaeology to determine how urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. Please see this website:

We are seeking a candidate who is a team player, and who will work closely with the centre administrator on ensuring the daily operation and administrative development of the centre. The job will entail a variety of assignments/tasks, sometimes with short deadlines, and the candidate should be comfortable juggling several tasks simultaneously while not compromising the quality of work or losing track of details in the execution of the task. The candidate should be able to communicate professionally with a range of partners and collaborators, in both Danish and English, and should be able to assist in the coordination of events and projects that vary in terms of both size and duration.

In collaboration with the centre administrator, the candidate will be engaged in and/or responsible for the following activities (among others):

•    Communication and PR, incl. website and newsletters
•    Coordination and hosting of conferences and workshops, incl. correpondence with speakers/participants, travel and accommodation arrangements and layout of programmes/book of abstracts
•    Compiling information for (annual) reports to funding bodies
•    Copyediting and editorial work in Danish and English
•    Registration of holidays and publications
•    General assistance to UrbNet staff on day-to-day matters

The ideal candidate will:

•    Have an MA in a relevant academic discipline
•    Be proficient in academic Danish and English
•    Preferably have experience with editorial work
•    Be familiar with university organisations and working methods
•    Have experience communicating with researchers at all career stages across a variety of disciplines
•    Have good IT qualifications
•    Have experience with organising events, e.g. workshops and conferences

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja, director of UrbNet,, phone +45 2718 8390.

For more information about the application, please contact HR partner Marianne Bach Birn, e-mail

The work environment

Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) is a groundbreaking archaeological research initiative exploring the evolution of urbanism and urban networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation. UrbNet was inaugurated 30 January 2015.

UrbNet aims to compare the archaeology of urbanism from medieval Northern Europe to the Ancient Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean World, and determine how – and to what extent – urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. The centre is firmly rooted in the humanities but enjoys close, collaborative ties with natural sciences.

UrbNet aims to advance the understanding of the historical process of urban evolution, and this will be achieved by developing the ability of archaeology to characterise the scale and pace of events and processes. A series of recently developed scientific techniques afford unique potential for archaeology to refine the precision of dates, contexts and provenance ascribed to excavated materials. These will be integrated to form a new “High Definition” approach to the study of global and interregional dynamics. The provenance of materials is clarified through the application of chemical, isotopic and biomolecular analysis of organic and inorganic materials. The characterisation of contexts is augmented by the application of soil chemistry, analysis of ecofacts and micromorphology, and this is then used to reconstruct high-precision chronologies through increasingly sophisticated statistical modelling of radiocarbon dating and other fast-developing methods, such as optically-stimulated luminescence.

UrbNet’s work will comprise projects that intersect questions and problems concerning urban development and networks in the regions from Northern Europe over the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves elaborate work on empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects, and the centre aims to make substantial contributions toward theoretical and methodological developments in the field. Individual projects may also arise from other bodies of data.

The Department of Culture and Society
The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions is anchored at Department of Culture and Society. The focus of the teaching and research activities of the Department of Culture and Society 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 - and very different – worlds
•    from local questions to global challenges.

For a more detailed description of the department, please refer to the webpage:

Deadline: 15 November 2017. Salary and terms of employment: In accordance with the current collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne) 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

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