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Jobs: Assistant or Associate Professorship in Russian Studies

Assistant or Associate Professorship in Russian Studies 793679

The School of Culture and Society, Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as assistant or associate professor of  Russian studies with a special focus on Soviet and post-Soviet socio-political trends in Russia.
If an assistant professor is appointed, the position  will be a three-year probationary position, and subject to the availability of funding,  an associate professorship in the same field will be announced in open competition at the end of the three-year term. If an associate professor is appointed, the position will be a permanent, full-time position.

The position will commence on 1 April 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position
We are seeing to engage a candidate with broad expertise in Soviet and post-Soviet society and the ability to address key contemporary issues. The position involves research based in any relevant field, including sociology, political science, history, anthropology, international relations or area studies. Commitment to and experience of interdisciplinary research, as well as the ability to place Russian developments in their broader European, Eurasian and/or global contexts, will be considered an advantage.
Applicants must be willing to participate in consolidating and expanding the field in terms of both teaching and research. The Russian studies programme is closely integrated with other area studies programmes as well as with European and International studies. The successful candidate is expected to have sufficient language proficiency in the Russian language in order work in a language-based area studies programme.

As part of the School of Culture and Society, 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 degree programmes and research which combine unique language-based area studies with state-of-the-art research in the emergent field of global studies. Please consult the department website for more information.

We are seeking a researcher with a strong research profile in contemporary Russia (20th and 21st centuries). In order to be considered for the position of associate professor, the key criteria of the assessment will be the quality of the research output, which is expected to meet international standards, and successful teaching experience at the university level. The successful applicant will be expected to develop new research projects with immediate relevance to the field.

The School of Culture and Society 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 successful applicant must be prepared to teach survey courses on Russian history and seminars on contemporary issues in Russia at all levels, i.e. the BA and MA degree programmes in Russian studies and other relevant area studies programmes, including contributions to courses in the broader field of global studies as well as auxiliary theoretical and methodological courses in these programmes.
He or she will also be expected to participate in the further development of a new interdisciplinary MA in global studies with a focus on Russia, and to contribute to the department’s academic environment, including collaboration with other relevant academic programs.

Participation in the daily life of the programme is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

Talent development 
The successful applicant will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels. For an applicant qualified for the position of associate professor, he or she will also be expected to supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.
Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as described in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or 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 history, political science, anthropology, sociology or related fields.

If an associate professor is appointed, applicants must be able to document the following qualifications and competences:
• A relevant research profile at international level
• A relevant and high-quality list of publications
• Experience of working in major national and international research networks
• Experience of (and success in) attracting external grants
• Interest in and experience of teaching at a broad university level, and preferably experience of interdisciplinary teaching and the development of new forms of instruction
• The ability to teach in English at university level
• Interest in and experience of supervision related to talent development.
Applicants for the assistant professorship must be able to document experience of or interest in the points mentioned above at PhD level at a minimum. Applicants for the associate professorship must be able to document competences corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship.
If an assistant professor is appointed to the post, he or she will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching devised especially for assistant professors.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Rósa Magnúsdóttir, email
The application must be submitted in English.
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, email

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 of Culture and Society, please see this website
·        Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
·        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, copies of relevant degree certificates, and (if relevant for the position) a teaching portfolio. Please upload this material electronically along with your application. When you submit your application for the assistant professorship, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output. When you submit your application for the associate professorship, please upload a maximum of eight samples of your scholarly output. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.
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, 12,500 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 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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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 44,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 830 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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