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Aarhus University seeks Associate Professor in Russian Studies

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    Alexis McMaster

    Associate professorship in Russian Studies 919018
    The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies, at Aarhus University invites applications for an associate professorship in contemporary Russian Studies with a special focus on the Soviet and post-Soviet eras in their social and cultural contexts.
    The associate professorship is a full-time, permanent position available from 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

    The position
    We are seeking an innovative and dedicated person who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. We are particularly interested in applicants with broad cultural studies research profile in particular the Soviet and post-Soviet eras of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The successful candidate will join the Eastern European Studies programme, which cooperates closely with in European, International and a number of programmes in Area Studies that are part of the Department of Global Studies. While anchored in Eastern European Studies, we expect the successful applicant to teach and develop activities at a broader departmental level. Additional tasks include support of the programme’s and the department’s outreach strategy, especially regarding international organisations, universities and companies. The position also entails working to strengthen the language based area profile of the Department of Global Studies through international research.

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

    The position involves research based in a relevant field within Russian cultural and literary studies or area studies. Commitment to and experience of interdisciplinary research, as well as ability to place Russian developments in their broader European, Eurasian and/or global contexts, would be an advantage.

    We are particularly interested in work conducted within one or several of the following areas such as material, visual and/or media culture.

    In the application, the candidate should explicitly present her/his vision and plans for the development of Russian Studies within the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University regarding interdisciplinary research and teaching.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for developing courses within Russian Studies but also relating Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet social and cultural topics to a broader regional framework, especially on the Master’s degree programme. Moreover, she/he will be expected to teach and develop courses at a broader departmental level. Furthermore, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience of collaborative teaching activities.

    Talent development
    The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the recruitment and development of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students, as well as teaching and developing PhD courses in relevant fields.

    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, public institutions, cooperation with civil society actors or the 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 cultural studies or comparable areas specialising in Russia, and must also document:

    – A high level of competence in the Russian language
    – A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile as well as participation in national and international research networks
    – Prior experience of teaching in an international classroom. Teaching experience in Western European Higher Education Systems would be advantageous.
    – Mastery of academic English in the classroom. The successful applicant will also be expected to teach courses in English
    – Interest in initiating and participating in collaborative projects with other research and teaching programmes and in international contexts
    – Experience of interdisciplinary research cooperation
    – Experience of the application of innovative teaching methods, such as new forms of team teaching and collaborative student involvement
    – Experience of obtaining external research funding
    – Experience of supervising student projects and interest in researcher talent development.

    The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority. The application must be submitted in English.

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

    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

    Work environment
    The Department of Global Studies has a 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 and their languages and cultures with state-of-the-art academic research in the emergent field of global studies. Please see this website:

    International Studies at Aarhus University is a multidisciplinary, Master’s degree programme which is taught in English. In recent years, it has developed into one of the largest Master’s degree programmes taught in English at the Faculty of Arts, attracting students from all over the world.

    The successful applicant will join a dynamic programme and collaborate with international colleagues and students in an interdisciplinary environment. The academic staff include scholars with backgrounds in anthropology, history, political science and sociology, whose research spans fields including democracy, the cultural policies of the EU, globalisation, identities, institutions, art, gender, legitimacy, media, minorities, politics and economics, historical semantics, transnational networks and organisations, educational research and pop culture. A central resource of this diverse research environment is the multidisciplinary approach, which provides fruitful opportunities for national and international collaboration and for undertaking research activities – both at Aarhus University and in international collaborations – with colleagues from other fields.

    For a more detailed description of the Master’s degree programme, please refer to this website:

    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:
    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 Applicant 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. Please upload this material electronically along with your application.
    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.


    All applications must be made online and received by:

    Please apply online here

    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.


    Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 42,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at

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