Scientific Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor in Digital Methods in History 940113

The Department of History and Classical Studies at the School of Culture and Society invites applications for the position of assistant/associate professor in digital methods in history.

The assistant professorship is a three-year fixed-term position. After three years, and subject to appropriate funding, an associate professorship in the same subject area will be announced in open competition. The associate professorship is a permanent position.

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

The position is available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

The position
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated researcher and teacher who is willing and able to contribute to the activities of the Department of History and Classical Studies, with an emphasis on the field of digital methods in history.

The Department of History and Classical Studies has decided to strengthen its competences in digital methods in research and teaching, and is therefore establishing this new position. The successful applicant will be expected to further the use of digital methods in history through their own research and teaching. They will also be expected to contribute to the enhancement of competences in digital methods among colleagues in the department. The position is linked to the university’s recently published digitisation strategy, which seeks to strengthen digitisation in research, teaching, the study environment and administration. See http://newsroom.au.dk/en/news/show/artikel/au-har-faaet-en-digitaliseringsstrategi/.

The successful applicant will be expected to:
 
•    teach and conduct research in the field of digital methods in history
•    contribute to the enhancement of competences in digital methods among colleagues in the department
•    participate in activities that seek to develop and promote the utilisation of existing collections of digitised material in Denmark and beyond

Research
Applicants must possess the qualifications and ambitions necessary to develop research in the field of digital methods within a history department. Digital methods include (but are not confined to) mapping, modelling, network analysis, text mining and big data. The application should present applicants’ future research plans, including plans for how they can develop and promote the utilisation of existing collections of digitised material in Denmark and beyond. This could be done, for example, in collaboration with the Royal Danish Library or the Danish National Archives, but could also include institutions outside Denmark.

Qualifications in programming and related skills are an advantage but not a requirement, and applicants are encouraged to document any relevant qualifications of this nature.

The Department of History and Classical Studies and the School of Culture and Society attach great importance to the development of a dynamic international research profile with the focus on research of the highest quality. Applicants must also be willing and able to commit themselves to participation in major collective projects, including adopting an active approach in applications for external grants.

Teaching

The position will involve teaching in the field of digital methods in history, including co-teaching with colleagues in order to enhance the utilisation of digitised material and methods in our courses.

The successful applicant will be expected to play an active role in contributing to the department’s undergraduate and postgraduate history programmes more generally, including teaching methodological and theoretical auxiliary courses.

If an assistant professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching especially designed for assistant professors.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to have an interest in (and preferably documented experience of) knowledge exchange with society in relation to this area of research and according to the level of seniority applied for.

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

For further information about the position, please contact head of department, associate professor Niels Brimnes at hisnb@cas.au.dk.

Qualifications
Applicants must provide documentary evidence of a PhD degree or equivalent in history or a related discipline.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must document:

•    A research profile based on the application of digital methods in history or related fields
•    A relevant publication profile
•    Plans for future research including plans to promote and develop the utilisation of digitised material in Denmark and beyond
•    Experience of or interest in working in national and international research networks
•    Interest in attracting external grants
•    Interest in teaching at a broad university level (BA and MA); preferably to include interdisciplinary teaching and the development of new forms of instruction (please submit a teaching portfolio as specified in the university’s guidelines for applicants)
•    Interest in teaching courses in digital methods in history
•    Experience of or interest in disseminating academic knowledge.

Applicants for the associate professorship must document:

•    A research profile based on the application of digital methods in history or related fields
•    A relevant and high-quality list of publications
•    Plans for future research including plans to promote and develop the utilisation of digitised material in Denmark and beyond
•    Experience of working in national and international research networks
•    Experience of attracting external grants
•    Experience of teaching at a broad university level, preferably to include interdisciplinary teaching and the development of new forms of instruction (please submit a teaching portfolio as specified in the university’s guidelines for applicants)
•    Experience of or interest in teaching courses in digital methods in history
•    Experience of supervision related to talent development
•    Experience of disseminating academic knowledge.

Applicants for both the assistant and the associate professorship are encouraged to state and document their qualifications in programming and related skills.

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

If the successful applicant is not fluid in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

Appointments normally require staff to be present on a daily basis, and the school attaches great importance to staff taking part in its everyday activities – including good working relationships with both colleagues and students.

The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the application process, please send an email to HR supporter Marianne Birn at mbb@au.dk.

The academic environment

The researchers and PhD students in history at Aarhus University concern themselves with history in many forms, primarily political history, cultural history and social history. Research especially comprises the history of Denmark and Europe, from Antiquity to the present day. Research projects are usually limited to specific historical periods and geographical regions, but characteristically the work traverses conventional chronological and geographical boundaries. Researchers participate in a variety of national and international research environments.

Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in history are offered. The Bachelor’s degree programme includes survey courses in Danish and world history, historical methodology, the uses of history, and courses in various historical topics. The Master’s degree programme is offered in the form of three different tracks: a track for those aiming at upper-secondary school teaching, a cultural history track, and a track comprising global and international history. In addition, a number of elective subjects are offered at both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels. The department also has a large number of PhD students and shares a joint research training programme for PhD students with the Department of Archaeology.

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 http://cas.au.dk/en/.

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 .
  • 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.
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant degree certificates, and (if relevant for the position) a teaching portfolio. Please upload this material electronically along with your 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. 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 bagground.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

19.12.2017
Please apply online here

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