Scientific Positions

Associate Professor (lektor) in international business communication and health communication 902722

Applications are invited for the position of associate professor (lektor) in international business communication and health communication, at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University.
 
The appointment is tenured, and begins on 1 November 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
The place of employment is Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C.
 
The position
The position is at the Department of English, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture, and involves research, teaching and supervision duties related to international business communication and health communication.
 
We are looking for a dedicated candidate who 1) has contributed to research in international business communication, especially domains such as health communication, translation studies and online communication; and 2) is qualified to teach core courses in international business communication, health communication, professional text production, translation, technical communication, and research and academic methodology at BA and MA levels, as well as elective seminars in subjects related to his or her area of research within the field of business communication including health communication and online communication.
 
A position as associate professor includes tasks and responsibilities in all of Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching, talent development and knowledge exchange. 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.
 
Teaching in this position takes place in both Danish and English, so applicants must have native or near-native command of both Danish and English. 
 
Research
The successful applicant is expected to pursue research in the fields of health communication and international business communication, and to publish within these fields. The Department of English and other departments at Aarhus University offer numerous opportunities for research collaboration. The School of Communication and Culture places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding. The appointee is expected to pursue research projects with internal and external partners.
 
Teaching
The position includes teaching at the BA and MA levels in English in national and international contexts, English-language proficiency and academic writing and methods, including obligatory courses in specialised communication and translation as well as health communication (the latter taught in Danish and English). Responsibilities also include teaching interdisciplinary courses for students at the Department of English and possibly at the School of Communication and Culture as a whole, including relevant courses in intercultural studies for which the Department of English is responsible. Additionally, the position includes individual and group supervision at all levels.
 
Talent development
The successful applicant will be expected to provide academic guidance for students at BA, MA and PhD level.
 
Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant is expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society outside the university. The appointee is also expected to contribute to the general public debate in areas related to his or her expertise. Applicants should document any prior experience within the above areas.
 
Qualifications required
Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent qualifications and possess research qualifications and teaching skills corresponding to those obtained after the successful completion of a period of employment as an assistant professor, but equivalent academic qualifications may also be accepted.
 
The successful applicant must be able to document:
  • a record of international research publications in international business communication and health communication
  • the potential to develop interdisciplinary research projects within the fields of international business communication and health communication
  • experience of applying for external funding
  • international research conference participation 
  • relevant and successful teaching experience at university level in international business communication and health communication
  • a record of applying innovative teaching methods that develop students’ collaborative involvement and reflective practices
  • native or near-native command of English
 
The Department of English at the School of Communication and Culture 
The Department of English is part of the School of Communication and Culture, and it currently employs 28 full-time academic staff, a growing community of PhD students and postdocs, and a number of part-time lecturers. Its highly internationally oriented staff pursue a diversity of research interests characterised by research disciplines – literature, linguistics, lexicography, translation, business communication, and history, society and culture – as well as geographical areas of focus, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. The department also hosts three centres: the American Studies Center Aarhus (ASCA), the Canadian Studies Centre, and the Centre for Irish Studies.
 
School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website.

The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian studies, Western European languages and cultures, knowledge communication, international business communication, business languages and the arts and aesthetics. The School of Communication and Culture hosts a large variety of disciplines including English, French, German, Spanish, Scandinavian studies, semiotics, linguistics, and information and media studies. The school is the organisational framework for about 180 academic staff, 60 PhD students and around 5,000 MA and BA students. From 1 January 2017, the business language research and teaching activities that were hosted at Aarhus BSS will be integrated in the School of Communication and Culture. One of the aims of doing this is to strengthen our strategic efforts to establish one of the best language and communication research environments in the Nordic countries.
 
Read more about the school’s research and teaching programmes.
 
Prospective applicants are invited to view the department website
 
Further information
The assessment of applications will be made by an assessment committee consisting of members with relevant academic knowledge and experience, a majority of whom will be external to Aarhus University. Applicants will be informed of the membership of the committee. The assessment committee will prepare an assessment statement for each applicant, stating whether the applicant is qualified or not qualified for the advertised position. Individual assessment statements will be sent electronically.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal, hsi@au.dk 

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities

In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

 

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

03.05.2017
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 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



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