Scientific Positions

Professorship in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies 924912

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent position as professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies within the Department of Theology. The position is available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The position
The professorship is offered with a view to attracting a particularly talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally recognised research. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society in general and the study of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The professor will also be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department, both nationally and internationally.

The Department of Theology at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. The successful applicant will be expected to take a leading role in developing the research programme with special emphasis on the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in its historical, literary and theological context and to contribute to research initiatives in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners, including the attraction and administration of external research funding.

•    Applicants must therefore be able to document academic qualifications at the highest international level within the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible research. It is of vital importance that the successful applicant takes part in the daily activities of the department.

Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision on Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in theology (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have considerable teaching experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society, such as the departments of the Study of Religion, Philosophy and the History of Ideas, History and Archaeology.

Talent development

The successful applicant is expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and to teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in cooperation with civil society actors or in connection with the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies. Applicants must be able to document:

•    Academic publications at the highest international level, corresponding to a Danish higher doctoral degree, including research innovation in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies.
•    Thorough knowledge of historical-critical and contextual approaches to the exegesis and theology of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible.
•    Thorough knowledge of relevant human and social science fields which are relevant to Old Testament / Hebrew Bible research.
•    Thorough knowledge of sources and cultures in the Ancient Near East, adjacent to Ancient Israel and Judah.
•    Experience of active participation in international research collaboration.
•    Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies.
•    Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels.
•    Commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.

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.
The application must be written in English.

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

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ulrik Nissen, email

Research environment
The professor will be part of a strong international research environment at the department and will be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, seminars, etc., and to stimulate the development of new research projects at all levels within the field of the study of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible.

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 familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
- From local questions to global challenges.

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with 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 school, please see

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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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.


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