Associate Professorship in the History of Ideas with a Special Focus on Technology/The Intellectual History of Technology
Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

Associate professorship in the history of ideas with a special focus on technology/the intellectual history of technology

The School of Culture and Society invites applications for an associate professorship in the history of ideas.

The associate professorship is a permanent, full-time position, commencing on 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is located at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The university wants its staff to reflect the diversity of society, and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

The position
We are looking for an innovative and dedicated candidate with a focus on Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The associate professor will be expected to develop and strengthen the department’s profile in the history of ideas.

The associate professor will be responsible for teaching and developing the intellectual history of technology based on a history of ideas approach at the department. And the successful candidate must demonstrate strong research-based teaching competences in this field. Broadly defined, the history of technological ideas/the intellectual history of technology is the study of how technologies and particularly ideas of technology have influenced perceptions of society, humanity and nature.

The successful applicant must also demonstrate strong methodological competences in the history of ideas. It is an advantage but not a requirement that the successful candidate has strong research-based competences in one or more of the following subfields:
  • Antique and early modern thinking
  • The history of religious ideas
  • The history of psychological, pedagogical and cultural ideas (Bildung ideas).

The successful applicant will be expected to develop and participate in research projects in the history of technological ideas/the intellectual history of technology, as well as contributing to one or more of the other core areas in the department’s history of ideas programme (the history of aesthetic ideas, the history of philosophical ideas, the history of religious ideas, the history of political and economic ideas, global intellectual history and the history of ideas in the human, social and natural sciences).

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 research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they may need without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity, illness, etc.) in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.

A key task for the associate professor will be to teach and develop the Bachelor’s supplementary subject “humanistisk teknologiudvikling” (humanistic technology development) and to teach and develop courses in the history of ideas on the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. The associate professor will be expected to contribute substantially to the interdisciplinary profile of the history of ideas at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas.

Talent development
The associate professor will be expected to supervise PhD students and contribute to the development and implementation of PhD courses in the history of ideas and related fields.

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 research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society partners or public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in the history of ideas or equivalent qualifications at an international level, and must document qualifications corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship.

Applicants must moreover be able to document:

• An established and internationally oriented research and publication record in the history of ideas/intellectual history (particularly concerning questions of technology in the history of ideas/intellectual history)
• The ability to teach the Bachelor’s supplementary subject in humanistic technology development as well as core modules on the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in the history of ideas
• The ability to teach and supervise at Master’s level in the history of ideas
• Participation in national and international research networks
• Experience of attracting external funding
• Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation.

Please note that only publications which are actually submitted alongside applications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications which are not accompanied by such publications will not be assessed.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included in applications. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.

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.

Academic staff is expected to contribute to the department’s social and academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

The application must be uploaded in English.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Jacob Busch by email:

For more information about the application, please contact HR Supporter Marianne Birn, email

For a more detailed description of the degree programmes, please visit the department website:

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.


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).

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 (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts:

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark 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.

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