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Professorship in Modern Arab and Islamic Studies 938406

The School of Culture and Society, Department of the Study of Religion, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent professorship within the field of Arab and Islamic Studies. 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 within the field of Arab and Islamic Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to and further develop core activities at Aarhus University in general and within Arab and Islamic Studies 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.

Research
We are looking for a professor with documented and extensive research experience within the field of Islam, with a special focus on modern Islam in both Western and Arab contexts, on globalisation and transnationalism, and on topics including reactions to modernity, new religious movements, terrorism and religion in politics. A focus on Sufism would be particularly welcome. While based within the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU), the successful applicant will also be expected to develop activities at the broader departmental level, which will include interdisciplinary cooperation with the study of religion, anthropology and political science.

Education
Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision on Islam at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in Arab and Islamic Studies (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have extensive 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.

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 research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jørn Borup, email jb@cas.au.dk.

Qualifications
Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of the study of religion. Applicants must be able to document:

-    Thorough knowledge of Arabic and Islam
-    Thorough knowledge of Islam in Western and transnational contexts
-    Academic publications at the highest international level including research innovation in the field of Arab and Islamic Studies
-    Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
-    Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of Arab and Islamic Studies
-    Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
-    Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.

Applicants must be able to teach in English at university level. Knowledge of Danish would be an advantage; and 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 and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.

Research environment
The Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU) is a trans-disciplinary research unit for those who are interested in Islamic cultures and societies, both in the Islamic world and transregionally. This means that the ICSRU also covers Islam and Muslims in the West, notably Europe and Denmark.

The ICSRU is part of the Department of the Study of Religion, which covers all major religions and phenomena essential to the study of religion, both past and present. The department 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 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 religion.

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

Kvalifikationskrav

Ansættelse som professor forudsætter videnskabelige kvalifikationer på ph.d.-niveau.

 

Formalia

  • Vedrørende ansættelsesproceduren henvises til ministeriets bekendtgørelse om ansættelse af videnskabeligt personale ved universiteter.
  • Ansættelse sker i henhold til overenskomst mellem Finansministeriet og AC.
  • Vedrørende kvalifikationskrav og stillingsindhold henvises til stillingsstrukturnotatet.
  • Vedrørende ansøgning og bilag hertil henvises til vejledning for ansøgere til videnskabelige stillinger ved Arts.
  • Ansøgningen skal indeholde en motivation for at søge stillingen og vedlægges et curriculum vitæ, en undervisningsportfolio, en fuldstændig liste over publicerede arbejder, relevante eksamenspapirer og videnskabelig produktion (maksimalt i alt 8 arbejder). Dette materiale fremsendes elektronisk i forbindelse med ansøgningen.
  • Hvis ikke andet er angivet i stillingsopslaget skal ansøgningen udfærdiges på engelsk

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Ansøgningsfrist

Alle ansøgninger skal være lavet online og modtaget senest:

24.11.2017
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Faculty of Arts

Arts er et af fire hovedområder på Aarhus Universitet.

Arts bidrager til Aarhus Universitets forskning, talentudvikling, videnudveksling og uddannelser.

 

Med omkring 500 videnskabelige medarbejdere, 260 ph.d.-studerende, 10.500 bachelor- og kandidatstuderende samt 1.500 studerende på efter/videreuddannelse udgør Arts et stærkt og mangfoldigt forsknings- og uddannelsesmiljø.

Arts består af Institut for Kommunikation og Kultur, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Danmarks institut for Pædagogik og Uddannelse, Center for Undervisningsudvikling og Digitale Medier. Enhederne huser hver især stærke fagmiljøer og danner udgangspunkt for interdisciplinær forskning og uddannelse.
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