Vacant position: Assistant professor of Asian Studies

Deadline: 12th Nov 2012
Aarhus University, Denmark

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of assistant professor of Asian Studies. The assistant professorship is a full time position and it begins on 1. January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. We are particularly interested in a candidate with a strong research focus on political relations in Asia. We are interested

in applicants whose centre of research lies on Japan and/or China, their mutual relations within Asia or between Asia and Europe.

The command of Japanese and/or Chinese is a requirement. We expect the successful candidate to contribute to the development of research and teaching on contemporary Japan/China within Asia in a cross-disciplinary field of politics, sociology and contemporary history. We are seeking a dedicated candidate who will contribute to a broad spectrum of Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of education and teaching. The successful candidate is expected to contribute actively to department’s academic environment. The position also requires:

• Interest in interdisciplinary research cooperation especially with relevant areas at the School of Business and Social Sciences.
• The ability to initiate and participate in collaborative projects with other research and teaching programs at Aarhus University and in international contexts.
• Interest in the application of innovative teaching methods, such as new forms of team teaching within the section of Asian Studies and collaborative student-involvement.
• Potential for obtaining external research funding.
• Interest in working with Ph.D. students (talent development)
• Interest in knowledge exchange.

For further information about the position, please contact associate professor Anemone Platz phone +45 87 16 23 28 e-mail


Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification in a field relevant to the described research area, and a very good command of Japanese and/or Chinese language that enables her/him to teach and conduct research based on original language source material.
Areas of special research interest to the department would be interregional and global mobility, environmental politics or inter-Asian cultural relationships.
Non-Danish speaking applicants should be aware that the acquisition of sufficient Danish to participate in the daily administrative and academic business of the department within two years of taking up the position is a condition for employment.

Asian Studies at Aarhus University

Asian Studies is composed by language based regional study programs comprising China-, Japan- and South Asian Studies. It focuses on a broad spectrum original language source based research and teaching of history, culture and society. Our approaches have roots in humanities as well as social sciences, and we aim at introducing creative teaching methods solidly funded in research.
We strive to offer high-quality study programs at the BA and the MA level. Teaching is conducted in Danish and English by an international teaching staff.
On MA-level team teaching including researchers from various Asian regions has become an essential part of the curriculum. This foments not only interdisciplinary but also intercultural teaching, but also opens opportunities for corresponding exiting research projects. Due to our interdisciplinary approach cooperation with colleagues from other sections is normal.

For a more detailed description of the program please refer to this webpage.

Asian Studies belongs to the Department of Culture and Society, where 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 – and very different – worlds
• From local questions to global challenges.

For a more detailed description of the department please refer to this webpage.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts combines educational, theological and humanistic knowledge in order to strengthen Aarhus University’s efforts in the areas of research, researcher talent development, knowledge exchange and education. The faculty is the result of a fusion of thee former main academic areas: the Faculty of Humanities, the faculty of Theology and the Danish School of Education.
For further information please refer to the faculty’s webpage.


The Faculty of Humanities refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

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 application and relevant enclosures may be found in the Guidelines for applicants for academic positions.

Teaching portfolio, degree certificate (copy), curriculum vitae, complete list of publications and verified information on previous teaching experience must be submitted with the application.

When you submit your application, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output.

All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.


All applications must be made online and received by:


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