Scientific Positions

Associate Professor in Brazilian Studies 965105

The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as associate professor in Brazilian Studies with a special focus on the history of Brazil in a regional and in a global context.

The associate professorship is a permanent position available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

The position
The successful applicant must have strong academic competences with regard to Brazil in a global history and regional context. The department is especially interested in a research profile within environmental humanities, the history of knowledge and science, or historical relations and exchange between Brazil and Europe/Asia/USA in areas such as culture, science and knowledge exchange. Applicants must be willing to participate in consolidating and expanding the field in terms of both teaching and research. We expect a high level of language proficiency in Portuguese sufficient to work in a language-based area programme.

The Department of Global Studies has a strong focus on regional and trans-regional research, and aims to provide a distinct approach to and understanding of the conditions of our contemporary globality. By combining cutting-edge area studies with history and the social sciences, the Department of Global Studies offers education and research, which combine distinct knowledge about certain areas, their languages and cultures with state-of-the-art academic research in the emergent field of global studies. Please see

As part of the School of Culture and Society, the department has a clear multidisciplinary orientation. Brazilian Studies is closely integrated with the department’s other regional disciplines as well as with International Studies and European Studies. As a result, the successful applicant must be willing to participate in multidisciplinary teaching and research activities locating Brazil in broader regional and global contexts.

The Department of Global Studies emphasises high-quality research and attaches great importance to interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects, and the ability to attract external research funding.

We are looking for a person with a strong research profile in modern history (in the 19th and 20th centuries), preferably with solid research projects conducted in Brazil. The successful applicant will be expected to develop collaborative teaching and research initiatives with other fields at the department itself and the School of Culture and Society as a whole.

In the application, applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development of Brazilian Studies at Aarhus University with respect to research and teaching.

The successful applicant must be prepared to teach historical topics on Brazil at all levels, i.e. the undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in Brazilian studies including contributions to courses in the broader field of Global Studies as well as auxiliary theoretical and methodological subjects in these programmes.

He or she will also be expected to participate in the further development of the new interdisciplinary MA in Global Studies and to contribute to the department’s academic environment, including collaboration with other relevant academic programmes. Please see 

Participation in the daily life of the programme is highly prioritised, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

Talent development
The successful applicant is expected to contribute to talent development within fields of history related to Brazil and Latin America. He/she will be expected to supervise PhD students as well as 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 research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in history or related fields, and must also document:

• An internationally oriented research profile

• A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile

• A high level of language proficiency in Portuguese, required to work in a language-based area programme

• Experience of or interest in participation in national and international research networks and as well as of interdisciplinary collaboration and research

• Experience of or interest in communication and knowledge exchange

• Experience of or the potential for obtaining external research funding

• Experience of or interest in interdisciplinary teaching, and mastery of academic English in the classroom

• Experience of or interest in supervising student projects, and interest in researcher talent development. 

For further information about the position, please contact head of department Anemone Platz, email

The application must be submitted 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, e-mail

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 of Culture and Society, please see this website: 

Deadline: 26 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

Faculty of Arts

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The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

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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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