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Postdoctoral fellowship for Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) Deadline April 15, 2014.

Postdoctoral fellowship for Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA)

The AURA project at the Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment begins on 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications for one-year positions are also accepted.

The position
The position is affiliated with Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA), an interdisciplinary project for the study of emergent environments on a human-disturbed earth. The project works across the conventional divisions between the humanities and the sciences and so far includes scholars with backgrounds in philosophy, biology and anthropology. Our research objects include multi-species interactions, landscape assemblages, and global movements of species and environmental projects. In this time of rapidly accelerated human disturbance of the Anthropocene, AURA explores unintended consequences and multi-species coordination.

We are looking for an innovative scholar with a background in anthropology, environmental history or related disciplines who can contribute to this project and who can demonstrate international commitment and ability to collaborate with key areas of national and international research within the AURA research area. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in AURA activities such as research, lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as in supervising students.

The successful candidate will have an individual research project relevant for AURA. The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to work collaboratively with the AURA team and engage actively in interdisciplinary team research. The application should contain a research proposal for the postdoctoral fellowship, highlighting how the project will complement the research agenda of AURA.

The position will involve some teaching as agreed upon with the department head and the director of AURA.

Knowledge exchange
The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to the general public debate in areas related to the position.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor MSO Nils Bubandt, tel. +45 87 16 21 16, e-mail bubandt@cas.au.dk or Project Secretary Mia Korsbæk, tel. +45 87 16 21 18, e-mail etnomiak@cas.au.dk.

Eligible candidates for this position hold a PhD degree in anthropology, environmental history or allied fields.

The successful candidate must document extensive fieldwork and/or archival experience as well as an international research profile.

Candidates should be interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary work and must formulate a concise description of their proposed research project (up to 5 double-spaced A4 pages), which should be feasible to be completed in the time frame of the position.

Please upload maximum five samples of your scholarly output.

The application must be submitted in English.

Non-Danish speaking applicants are expected to learn sufficient Danish to participate in the daily business of the department within two years.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR-partner Louise Søndergaard, e-mail ls@hum.au.dk.

Work environment
AURA is a Niels Bohr research project, funded by the Danish National Research Foundation to design and conduct interdisciplinary studies of co-species landscapes in the Anthropocene (www.anthropocene.au.dk). The project is headed by Professor Anna Tsing (and local-researcher-in-charge Professor MSO Nils Bubandt) and runs from September 2013 to August 2018.

The Department of Culture and Society
AURA is an externally funded research project in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University. The focus of the teaching and research activities of the department 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 visit this website: cas.au.dk/en/about-the-department/

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.

Read more at www.arts.au.dk/en/


All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.


All applications must be made online and received by:


Link to online application here