CfA: Assistant Professorship in China Studies with a specialisation in contemporary politics in China at Aarhus University in Denmark (deadline: 2020-12-15)


The Department of Global Studies, part of the larger School of Culture and Society, invites applications for a position as assistant professor in China Studies. The position will commence on 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

An assistant professorship is a full-time, three-year training position that involves research and teaching at the BA and MA level and includes an obligatory course in university teaching for assistant professors. Following the assistant professorship period, an associate professorship within the same academic field will be announced in open competition.

Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Global Studies, Nobelparken Campus, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

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

The position:
The position will be associated with the China Studies programme at the Department of Global Studies, School of Culture and Society, and is a combined teaching and research position.

The position is offered with a view to attracting talented applicants with an excellent and well-documented track record in innovative and internationally recognised research on politics in China and a specialisation in contemporary, national and/or local politics. Applicants must be fluent in Chinese.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society and Aarhus University in general and to strengthen the Department of Global Studies’ research activities and output in particular. He/she will be expected to take an interest in interdisciplinary research collaboration within the Department of Global Studies and its Global Studies research programme, the School of Culture and Society, the Faculty of Arts, and beyond.

The successful applicant will also be expected to develop new research projects with internal and external partners and to raise external research funding.

The applicant’s research credentials and publication record within the field, i.e. politics in China, will be assessed not just on existing publications and other research contributions but also on research potential.

Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. We therefore ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (for instance due to maternity/paternity leave) in order to gauge their research productivity.

The successful applicant will be required to teach and supervise in China Studies at BA and MA levels of the department’s degree programmes and will be expected to have teaching experience at university level. Furthermore, s/he will be expected to contribute to the teaching and further development of multidisciplinary Area Studies programmes, especially in a recently launched Global and Area Studies MA programme (taught in collaboration with representatives of other existing Area Study programmes) including general courses on theory and methodology.

We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students, so applicants should be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to participatory teaching initiatives and student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.

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 the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants must hold a PhD in China Studies/Area Studies, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology or a related discipline. They must also be able to document the following:

  • An internationally oriented research profile documented through relevant academic publications, and possibly other research contributions, at the international level
  • Experience of university-level teaching and a commitment to teaching development and the supervision of student projects
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Full (high) proficiency in the Chinese language
  • Experience of or interest in obtaining exteral research funding

Please note that applications who do not include samples of publications (maximum five) will not be considered. A list of publications is not sufficient. 

References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to provide professional references.

At the Department of Global Studies, courses are generally taught in Danish or English. Applicants must be able to teach and supervise in English at university level.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, s/he will be expected to acquire the language within a period of approximately two years.

Applications must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the content of the position, please contact Head of Department Uwe Skoda ( or the Head of the Degree Programme in China Studies Andreas Steen (

For further information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (

Qualification requirements:
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

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:


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.


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