Aarhus University – Associate professor in art history with a focus on architecture and/or design

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor in art history with a focus on architecture and/or design based in the art history section of the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology.

The appointment is full time and tenured and begins on 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position

We are looking for an applicant with strong research and teaching qualifications in the fields of architecture and/or design. The preferred applicant has a broad and visionary research profile that includes both historical and practise-based approaches to these fields, including urban planning, and investigates the role of space and place, in cultural and social life.
If the applicant only has qualifications in either architecture or design the applicant must also be willing to develop qualifications and research in the other field.

In the degree programmes in art history, theoretical and analytical insight is deepened through practical exercises and projects that are often carried out in collaboration with external partners. We are seeking an applicant with theoretical and practical capacities to work in this field and to qualify the methodological aspects of practice-oriented teaching in architecture and/or design within the department. When teaching and planning courses, the successful applicant will be expected to reach out to and collaborate with external partners. It will be considered an advantage if the applicant also has documented experience of or a theoretical foundation for doing practice-oriented research.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute actively to the academic and collegial activities related to the art history degree programmes and to be physically present daily. The successful applicant must have strong academic competences and must be willing to participate in multidisciplinary teaching and in collaborative research activities.

In sum, we are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will enhance the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contributing to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.


The section for art history at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a robust research network within art history, visual culture and museology.

The successful applicant will be expected to take a role in developing research in the field(s) of architecture and/or design. The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within the field. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field(s) of architecture and/or design and the research community at the department in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners, and in connection with external research funding.

Teaching and supervision

We are looking for applicants with teaching and supervision experience in the field(s) of architecture and/or design at university level.

The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes. We particularly expect the successful applicant to teach in the BA and MA degree programmes in art history and visual art and visual culture, for example the courses Visual analysis and method, Image and design analysis and Workshop in art history and visual culture. Please find the academic regulations for the programmes here:

Bachelor’s degree programme in Art History
MA in art history
BA supplementary in visual art and visual culture
MA supplementary in visual art and visual culture

Please indicate in your application which courses you could teach.
The successful applicant will be expected to apply innovative teaching methods and to contribute to the ongoing development of curricula and the degree programme(s) within the fields of art history, visual art and visual culture. Experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage.

Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant will be expected to teach in English as well as Danish.

Talent development

We are looking for applicants who have experience supervising students at both BA and MA levels. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The successful applicant will furthermore be expected to supervise and help develop the careers of early-career researchers as well as to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field.

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in terms of research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society, and the public dissemination of knowledge.

The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.


Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to research in architecture and/or design as well as teaching and research experience commensurate with that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:

  • an internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong international peer-reviewed research publication record within the research field(s) of architecture and/or design
  • experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
  • experience of knowledge exchange
  • teaching and supervision competences and experience at BA and MA level, including curriculum development documented through a teaching portfolio
  • completion of a teacher-training programme designed for university teaching or an equivalent qualification

Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document

  • a broad research profile that includes both a historical approach to the research field of architecture and/or design and reflects the role of space and place in cultural and social life
  • experience of or a theoretical foundation for doing practice-oriented research
  • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions
  • experience of applying for external research funding

Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan that includes plans for key research ideas, collaboration, publication and funding for the next 3 years as well as stating how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research developments within the field.

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) as well as a teaching portfolio (or equivalent documentation of teaching experience and qualifications) will not be considered.

Although the Aarhus University application system includes an option to upload letters of recommendation, please do not include letters of recommendation or references with the application. Applicants who are invited to an interview may be asked to provide references.

Work environment

Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis and actively contribute to a well-functioning and stimulating work environment.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. You can read more about family and work-life balance in Denmark.

International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to read about the attractive working conditions and other benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a wide variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and an AU Expat Partner Programme. You can also find information about the taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

An appointee who does not speak Danish will be required to acquire proficiency in Danish equivalent to level B2 (CEFR) in order to handle tasks, including administrative and managerial responsibilities and to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within approximately three years of commencing the appointment. These include, but are not limited to, teaching and examining students, reading work-related texts and participating in meetings and collegial gatherings in Danish.

The department

The place of employment is the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology, Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The Art History section currently includes c. 30 researchers, ten permanent staff and 20 PhD students and postdocs. Art History conducts research within art, visual and spatial phenomena, images, objects, and artefacts of past and present visual culture and creative practices from a historical perspective. There is a strong tradition for research and teaching visual methodologies, emphasising image theory, object studies, and visual and spatial analysis. Many staff members take part in cross-disciplinary research groups and research units and are part of national and international research networks. The study programmes systematically integrate theory and practice and prioritize collaborations and partnerships. There is a committed engagement with Danish museums, also in regard to PhD and postdoc projects and museology is a prominent component of research and education in the section. Prospective applicants are invited to view the department’s website.

School of Communication and Culture

The school is a part of the Faculty of Arts. You will find information about the school and its research programmes, departments, and diverse activities on its website.


For further information about the position, please contact Lise Skytte Jakobsen, Head of the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology, by tel.: +45 61 30 39 16 or by email:

If you need help uploading your application or have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Arts HR support by email:

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.Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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: shortlisting

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 five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University’s research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 240 PhD students, 9,500 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 and the Danish School of Education. 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 withsociety.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

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