Vacancy | Assistant Professor of sports and body culture studies | Aarhus University. Apply no later than November 11, 2022

  • Department of Public Health. Sport Science, Dalgas Avenue 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C
  • Fixed term full-time position, 1 Mar 2023—28 Feb 2027. ID: 10303
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The Department of Public Health at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in the field of sport and body culture studies as per 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term full-time position for four years.

Your job responsibilities

As Assistant Professor of sports and body culture studies your primary tasks will be research and research-based teaching. You will teach and supervise students at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, and you will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with both Danish and international colleagues. The position of Assistant Professor is a career development position in which you will receive supervision and pedagogical upgrading.

Your main tasks will consist of:

      • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
      • Teaching, guidance and examination of Bachelor’s and master’s degree students, as well as possibly co-supervision of PhD students.
      • Contribution to external research funding.
      • Development of national and international networks and collaborations in research and teaching.

You will report to the Head of Department, Ole Bækgaard Nielsen.

Your competences

You have independent research-related qualifications at a high international level. You are a clear communicator and you have some degree of experience of supervision and teaching at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level. Completed pedagogical courses in supervision or similar will be a plus (but is otherwise offered by AU), as will experience with the establishment of PhD courses and external research collaborations. You should have profound knowledge of sport studies and sports research, from a discipline within the humanities, social sciences, sports, or body culture studies. Applicants are expected to present a research plan focusing on relevant topics and research questions.

You see the professional diversity of the department as a strength, and you are internationally oriented. You are interested in working across disciplines and contribute with their expertise to develop the department’s and the research unit’s research within sport and body culture. The successful candidate will be part of an inspiring and open-minded research environment with a strong international profile, that allows for good opportunities to develop solid skills in research and teaching.

As a person, you have good interpersonal skills, are friendly and helpful and able to contribute to a good work environment.

We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English. International applicants are expected to learn Danish, and Aarhus University arranges Danish teaching.

In order to be assessed as qualified for an Assistant Professor position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Shortlisting will be used.

Ensuring gender balance with research areas is a high priority at Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage men to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed based on their qualifications for the position in question.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department, Ole Bækgaard Nielsen tel.: (+45) 6020 2674 or

Your place of work will be the Department of Public Health, Dalgas Avenue 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews in January 2023.

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:

      • Motivated application
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Diploma
      • Template for applicant – assistant professor or tenure track assistant professor
      • A list of publications
      • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
      • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted (optional)
      • Strategic research plan, which is part of the ‘Template to applicant – assistant professor or tenure track assistant professor’ can be uploaded separately (optional)
      • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
      • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

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.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

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. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed by clicking the “Apply”-button below.

Questions about application and process

Please refer to Health Administrative Centre – Health HR, +4593508304,

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