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Assistant professorship in sound studies 1003957

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of assistant professor in sound studies. The assistant professorship is a full-time and fixed-term, three-year position with an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship. The position is located within the School of Communication and Culture and is a collaboration with the departments of Digital Design & Information Studies, Dramaturgy and Musicology and Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology.
The position is available from 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
The aim of this position is to strengthen the focus of the School of Communication and Culture on sound as an interdisciplinary field of study, for instance in relation to human perception, environmental contexts, sound technology and media, and the sociological and aesthetic aspects of sound. The school also wishes to strengthen and further develop the collaboration on sound studies research and teaching between the involved departments and across different degree programmes in digital design (audio design track), musicology, and aesthetics and culture. 

The person appointed to the post must complete Aarhus University’s teacher training programme for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
We are looking for applicants with an international research profile in sound studies and a strong theoretical foundation for doing practice-oriented research. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the further development of research in sound studies at the School of Communication and Culture and in conjunction with the Center for Sound Studies.

The successful candidate will be expected to emphasise practice-oriented methodologies of research as well as developing a field of research that engages with society in relation to environmental concerns, sound design, sonification and/or other areas.

The School of Communication and Culture 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 successful applicant must be prepared to teach courses within the field of sound studies at both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level, including courses in the theory and practice of sound studies and in sound production and design. Applicants are requested to indicate the courses in the study programmes of digital design (audio design track), musicology, and/or aesthetics and culture that they are capable of teaching, and to propose titles for elective courses related to their research. Applicants must also expect to teach courses in other areas of digital design or musicology than those relating to sound studies.

The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in teaching and educational development, and to contribute to the school’s academic environment, including collaboration with other relevant academic programmes.
Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant will also be expected to teach in English.
Talent development
The successful applicant will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.
Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant is expected to engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in sound studies or related fields. Applicants must also document:
  • Expertise in the practice and theory of sound studies
  • Innovative approaches to sound studies research
  • Experience of integrating the use of sound technologies in research and teaching
  • An internationally oriented research profile
  • A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile
  • A research plan for the next three years
Applicants who also document the following will be preferred:
  • Experience of participation in national and international research networks
  • Experience of knowledge exchange
  • Experience of interdisciplinary collaboration as well as interdisciplinary research
For more information about the position, please contact Dr Morten Breinbjerg: (+45) 8716 1997 or email

The application must be submitted in English.
Work environment
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.

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 School of Communication and Culture’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present on a daily basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of establishing one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries. 

The three departments involved, as well as the School of Communication and Culture and Aarhus University as a whole, respect the importance of a good work-life balance and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained.
School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website. 

The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the arts and aesthetics. Read more about the school's academics.  

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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