Vacant Position: Professor of China Studies

Aarhus University, Denmark
Deadline: 16th Sep 2013

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as Professor of China Studies with a focus on contemporary Chinese society.  The position is available from 1st March 2014.



The department is especially interested in applicants with documented research on the effects of globalisation on Chinese society. The successful applicant will be expected to strengthen the department’s research activities and output as well as helping to raise the profile of research in modern and contemporary China Studies at Aarhus University.
The successful applicant will be required to teach and supervise Chinese language and society at all levels. He or she is furthermore expected to take a leading role in developing new multidisciplinary study programmes in Area Studies, in collaboration with representatives of other existing Area Study programmes.

The successful applicant is expected to take an interest in interdisciplinary research cooperation, especially with relevant areas at the School of Business and Social Sciences.

He or she will also be expected to provide academic leadership in the development of research programmes in the field of China Studies, to develop new research projects with internal and external partners, to raise external research funding, and to take part in the daily activities of the department.

The professor is expected to undertake responsibility for and leadership of the academic evolvement and profile of China Studies at Aarhus University both nationally and internationally.


Applicants must be able to document original academic production at the highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and thematic developments within studies of modern Chinese society. Applicants are asked to state their visions of future developments in this field and in research on China in a global context. Applicants must document a solid track record in research leadership as well as in international research funding and international research cooperation. Fluency in Chinese language is required.

Applicants must be able to document teaching and supervision competencies as well as active involvement in the education and study environment. They must also demonstrate competencies within research management and a commitment to  researcher talent development as well as the development and teaching of PhD courses.

The successful applicant is expected to have experience of (and to contribute actively to) knowledge exchange, including the achievement of strategic research funds and knowledge exchange funding. In this respect the professor is expected to contribute to ongoing outreach knowledge exchange activities.

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.

The application must be submitted in English.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR Partner Louise Søndergaard, e-mail

Asian Studies at Aarhus University

China Studies at Aarhus University is an Area Study and part of Asian Studies, which consists of language-based regional study programmes, comprising China, Japan and South Asian Studies. It focuses on a broad spectrum of original language source-based research and teaching of history, culture and society. The approaches used have roots in the humanities as well as the social sciences, and aim to introduce creative teaching methods solidly founded in research.

For a more detailed description of the programme, please refer to this website.

For further information about the position and the department, please contact Head of Department Bjarke Paarup, tel. +45 8716 2158 (  

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 website.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.  

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University’s research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange activities.

With its 800 academic staff members, 300 PhD students, 13,000 BA and MA students, and 2,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, the Department of Culture and Society, the Department of Education, the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, and the AU Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Each of these units has strong academic environments that form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty’s research and teaching activities take place within the context of extensive international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in close interaction with society.


  • 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 eight samples of your scholarly output.
  • All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.



All applications must be made online and received by: 16/09/2013

Visit the website of this announcement for the latest version and application form at External Link





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