Vacant Position: Professor of China Studies in a Global Perspective

Aarhus, Denmark
Deadline: 15th Aug 2019

Expected start 1 Jan
School of Culture and Society – China Studies, subject Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7 8000 Aarhus C
Full-time position ID: 1081


The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies, at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as a full professor of China studies in a global perspective with a focus on modern or contemporary China. The position is available to start as soon as possible after 1 January 2020.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


The professorship is being offered with a view to attracting talented applicants with an extensive and documented track record in innovative and internationally recognised research in the area of China studies, combined with specialist expertise in the humanities or social sciences as well as fluency in Chinese. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society and Aarhus University in general, and to strengthen the research activities and output of the Department of Global Studies in particular.

Apart from research, the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the following areas: education, talent development and knowledge exchange within modern or contemporary China studies at Aarhus University located within the field of global studies. The professor will be expected to undertake responsibility for and leadership of the academic evolution and profile of China studies at Aarhus University both nationally and internationally.


The successful applicant 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. Moreover, it will be expected that s/he has a strong engagement with interdisciplinary research cooperation within the Department of Global Studies and its global studies research programme, in the School of Culture and Society, at the Faculty of Arts and beyond.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.


The successful applicant will be required to teach and supervise in China studies at all levels of the department’s degree programmes (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have extensive teaching experience at university level. Furthermore, s/he will be expected to take a leading role in the teaching and further development of multidisciplinary area studies programmes, especially in a recently launched global and area studies programme and in collaboration with representatives of other existing area study programmes.

Talent development and knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers, to contribute to mentoring, talent development and supervision of PhD students, and to design and teach PhD courses. Moreover, it will be 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 must be able to document

An original and relevant academic production at the highest international level
Significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and thematic developments within the study of modern or contemporary China.
A solid track record in research leadership as well as in international research funding and international research cooperation including service to the profession
Fluency in Chinese
Experience in teaching, supervision competences as well as an active involvement in the education and study environment
Competences with regard to mentoring and a commitment to researcher talent development as well as the development and teaching of PhD courses

Applicants will be asked to present their vision for future developments in this field and in research on China in a global context.

Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included in applications. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.

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 their employment.

The application must be submitted in English.

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

For more information about the application, please contact HR Supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail

Global studies at Aarhus University
As an area studies programme, China studies at Aarhus University constitutes an integral part of the Department of Global Studies, which consists of language-based, regional study programmes, comprising China, Japan, India/South Asia, Russia, Brazil, and European and international studies. The department focuses on a broad spectrum of research into and the teaching of history, culture and society – all based on sources in the original/regional language. The approaches used have roots in the humanities as well as the social sciences, and aim to introduce creative teaching methods based firmly on research.

For a more detailed description of the programme and department, please refer to this website:

The Department of Global Studies belongs to the School 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 – life worlds and world views
• From local questions to global challenges.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
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 the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
The application must outline the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

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:

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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, 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.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
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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