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Professorship in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies
Professorship in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies 924912
The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University,
invites applications for a permanent position as
professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies
within the Department of Theology. The position is
available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible
Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7,
8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
The professorship is offered with a view to attracting
a particularly talented person who is expected to play
a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally
recognised research. The successful applicant
is expected to contribute to core activities at
the School of Culture and Society in general and the
study of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in particular
in the following areas: research, education, talent
development and knowledge exchange. The professor
will also be expected to provide academic leadership
relating to research, education and academic
development as well as contributing actively to the
further development of the department, both nationally
The Department of Theology at Aarhus University
has a pronounced and significant international profile
and a strong research network. The successful applicant
will be expected to take a leading role in developing
the research programme with special emphasis
on the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in its
historical, literary and theological context and to
contribute to research initiatives in terms of new research
projects with internal and external partners,
including the attraction and administration of
external research funding.
Applicants must therefore be able to document academic
qualifications at the highest international
level within the field of Old Testament / Hebrew
Bible research. It is of vital importance that the
successful applicant takes part in the daily activities
of the department.
Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute
to developing courses, learning and supervision
on Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies at all
levels of the department‘s degree programmes in theology
(BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to
have considerable teaching experience at university
level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on
teaching in connection with other degree programmes
offered by the School of Culture and Society,
such as the departments of the Study of Religion,
Philosophy and the History of Ideas, History and Archaeology.
The successful applicant is expected to be able to
identify the development potential of junior researchers
and to contribute to the talent development
and supervision of PhD students and to teaching
and developing PhD courses.
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 cooperation
with civil society actors or in connection with
the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants
should document any prior experience within the
field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the
contribution of their research to the wider field of
Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies. Applicants
must be able to document:
Academic publications at the highest international
level, corresponding to a Danish higher doctoral
degree, including research innovation in the field
of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies.
Thorough knowledge of historical-critical and contextual
approaches to the exegesis and theology of
the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible.
Thorough knowledge of relevant human and social
science fields which are relevant to Old Testament
/ Hebrew Bible research.
Thorough knowledge of sources and cultures in the
Ancient Near East, adjacent to Ancient Israel and
Experience of active participation in international
Experience of research organisation, including the
obtaining and administration of external funding
in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible
Strong teaching competences and experience of
supervising at all levels.
Commitment to teaching development, the supervision
of student projects, talent development, research
management, and the development of PhD
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.
The application must be written in English.
For more information about the application, please
contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about the position, please
contact Head of Department Ulrik Nissen, email email@example.com.
The professor will be part of a strong international
research environment at the department and will be
expected to contribute to ongoing research activities
through participation in meetings, seminars, etc.,
and to stimulate the development of new research
projects at all levels within the field of the study of
the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible.
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
From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very
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.
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.au.dk/en.