Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology and/or Classical Studies at Aarhus University


The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus
Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of assistant professor of Classical Archaeology and/or Classical Studies. The assistant professorship is a three-year fixed-term, full-time position, beginning on 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
The position will concurrently come with a postdoctoral research fellowship as part of the research project The Emergence of Sacred Travel: Experience, Economy, and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage directed by Troels Myrup Kristensen. Candidates are expected to take a leading role in the project and its activities, as well as contribute to teaching in the field of Classical Archaeology and/or Classical Studies.

All scholars with a background in Classical Archaeology or related disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in a candidate with an interest in ancient pilgrimage and a record of research on the interphase between religion and material culture in the ancient world. The candidate will be expected to participate in the research activities of the research project The Emergence of Sacred Travel (,  which is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research’s Sapere Aude career programme and which runs for a 4-year period from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016. The chosen candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team consisting of a director of research (Troels Myrup Kristensen), three postdoctoral fellows, one doctoral fellow, and an international group of research associates, all working on aspects of ancient pilgrimage (Greek, Roman and Late Antique/Early Christian), focusing in particular on its material and visual dimensions.

Candidates are expected to submit a proposal and a research plan that contributes to the overall aims of the project and outlines a plan for publication. Furthermore, the appointed candidate will be required to undertake a set amount of teaching in the disciplines of Classical Archaeology and/or Classical Studies.

Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualification in a field relevant to the described research area.

In addition, the following qualifications are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience with the organisation of international conferences and seminars
  • Willingness to and experience with working as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • A record of publication in international, peer-reviewed journals.

For further information about the position, please contact Director of Research Troels Myrup Kristensen: tel. +45 8716 2043, e-mail

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR Partner Louise Søndergaard, tel. +45 4048 4369, e-mail

Classical Studies at Aarhus University
The Classical Studies programme has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. The academic staff's research competences are wide-ranging and range from subjects such as agriculture, memory history, military history, ethnicity and border regions, text history, and language history in the Greek periods to, religious and social identities, ceramics and trade, sacred, public and private architecture, sepulchral monuments and burial rites, rhetoric, iconoclasm and pilgrimage in the Roman period and late antiquity. Other key research profiles include the reception of antiquity in the Renaissance, uses of history and museological studies. 

For a more detailed description of the program please refer to the this webpage.

Classical Studies are part of the Department 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 – worlds
  • From local questions to global challenges.

For a more detailed description of the department please refer to this webpage.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts combines educational, theological and humanistic knowledge in order to strengthen Aarhus University’s efforts in the areas of research, researcher talent development, knowledge exchange and education. The faculty is the result of a fusion of thee former main academic areas: the Faculty of Humanities, the faculty of Theology and the Danish School of Education. 

For further information please refer to the faculty’s webpage.  


All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.

All applications must be made online and received by 1 June 2013.

Please apply online here

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Institution or Company offering position: 
The Department of Culture and Society
Contact Name: 
Troels Myrup Kristensen
+45 8716 2043