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Associate Professorship in Archaeology 963826

 The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum invite applications for a joint associate professorship in archaeology. The position is open to all fields of archaeology but is associated with particular responsibilities for developing the link between the two institutions. The position will be a tenured and full-time position, shared equally between Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum.

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

Place of employment: Moesgård, Moesgård Alle, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.

The position
The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies and Moesgaard Museum emphasise high-quality research and attach great importance to interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in interdisciplinary research projects, and the ability to attract external research funding. The department and museum both have a strong base in empirical investigations and build on a tradition of quantitative and scientific analysis, but also emphasise theoretical concerns within and across periods. Generally, our geographical focus is in Northern Europe, although the activities of this region are always viewed in a wider European and indeed global context. Moesgaard Museum and the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies are already closely integrated and share office space and facilities at the Moesgaard Manor south of Aarhus.

We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who will strengthen the strategic cooperation between Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum, and who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. At Moesgaard Museum the position will include responsibilities for the development and coordination of the archaeological research profile of the museum. Applicants who are willing and able to participate in collaborative research projects will be preferred.

The successful applicant will have a strong research profile in archaeology, methods and theories, and material culture in Europe. We welcome applicants with a broad range of interests. In addition to these specific requirements, we are looking for a candidate with a clear vision for departmental, cross-institutional and intellectual development, especially in relation to joint efforts between Moesgaard Museum and Aarhus University. 

The associate professor will be expected to teach and supervise students at undergraduate and graduate level, and to contribute to the development and application of innovative teaching methods.

The teaching portfolio of the department consists of a variety of period-based or thematic courses as well as material culture courses, method-based courses comprising student excavations, and/or theoretical courses. Courses are taught in Danish and English, and the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to these courses depending on his/her own specialist area., and

Talent development
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.

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 research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors and the public dissemination of knowledge. The responsibilities of the associate professor at Moesgaard Museum will also include the dissemination of research results. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Rainer Atzbach:

Applicants must hold a PhD degree/similar qualification in archaeology, and must have scholarly and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship as a minimum.

Applicants must also be able to document:
• A strong international research profile.
• A strong interest in and experience of cross-institutional collaboration, especially concerning the university/museum interface.
• A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile.
• Experience of participation in interdisciplinary research projects and cooperation.
• Teaching experience as well as mastery of academic English in the classroom.
• Participation in national and international networks.
• Experience of attracting external research funding.
• Experience of supervising student projects and an interest in researcher talent development.

Research qualifications will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and academic output, e.g. the number of publications published in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals or compatible high-ranking series published by internationally recognised publishing houses.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the academic environment at the department and the museum. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students, and participation in the daily life of the two institutions is a high priority.

The application must be uploaded in English.

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.

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

Research environment
The Aarhus University Department of Archaeology is ranked 25 globally in the most recent QS subject ranking and is among the very best in Northern Europe, thanks not least to its close collaboration with the adjacent Moesgaard Museum ( At the department and its associated research programme entitled Materials, Culture and Heritage (MCH), we are concerned with people and the environment and culture and society from the earliest to modern times, with a focus on studies of material culture. On the basis of fieldwork and library and laboratory studies – including methods derived from anthropology and history as well as a wide variety of scientific approaches – this research programme investigates and challenges our understanding of past societies seen in a deep historical perspective.

The MCH research programme at Aarhus University has an international profile and strong research networks. A dynamic research environment provides the framework for large research projects, international conferences and a variety of visiting researchers. The programme is versatile and cross-disciplinary, and the academic staff’s research competences span topics ranging from war and power, mobility and globalisation, family and individual, religion and rituals, landscape and settlement, palaeodemography and evolution, trade and networks, technology and knowledge exchange to (in particular) quantitative analysis methods, field methodology and digital representation.
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Moesgaard Museum is the second-largest museum of cultural history in Denmark after the National Museum, and has existed for more than 150 years. The museum specialises in archaeology and ethnography, and also includes the Department of Archaeological Science and Conservation.

Moesgaard Museum has a strong research tradition in archaeology, focusing primarily on prehistory and early historical periods in Denmark and the Near East, with a number of long-lasting and highly profiled research projects such as the investigations of Mesolithic settlements, Neolithic causewayed enclosures, Iron Age wetland sites (particularly war deposition sites) and urban archaeology in the Viking Age and Medieval Aarhus. These fields also constitute focal points in the museum’s collections. The museum aims to continue the tradition of large-scale, long-term research projects in Denmark and internationally.

Moesgaard Museum is responsible for heritage management on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Culture, including developer-funded archaeology on land and at sea, and the management of scheduled monuments. In partnership with Aarhus University, the museum is involved in the development of digital research infrastructure for 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

Deadline: 19 March 2018.  

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.


Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts:


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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