Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities

Offer description

At the Department of Communication and Psychology, the Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, a position as Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities will be open for appointment as of 15th of August 2021. The position will complement and extend the existing expertise within environmental humanities, communication and discourse studies. The selected candidate will conduct research and teaching within at least one of the following areas: material, cultural and aesthetical dimensions of communicating sustainability

Job description

The appointment will be a fixed-term (3 years), full-time position, which will include both research and teaching activities.

During the employment as an Assistant Professor, the selected candidate will be expected to:

  • Deliver high quality teaching, supervision, and associated examination, within the subject area of the position, mainly in the Communication and Digital Media programme
  • Undertake research and publish research output of an internationally recognized quality
  • Engage in external research networks and collaborations
  • Engage in knowledge collaboration within the portfolio of the position
  • Participate positively and constructively in the day-to-day activities of the Department of Communication and Psychology. 

In terms of research, the position includes research at international level. The selected candidate should be able to analyze sustainability issues in a board range of communicative forms in public discourse (e.g. commerce, media, politics or various art forms). Experience in analyzing issues pertaining to sustainability in general, climate change, etc. as culturally shaped beliefs, discourses, narratives and fictions is therefore seen as preferred. The applicants are expected to have research experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Sustainability as a discursive, aesthetical and/or cultural phenomenon
  • How environmental crisis (climate change, biodiversity loss etc.) is addressed in contemporary theorizing within humanities and social sciences from a (material-) discursive perspective
  • How a discursive, aesthetical and/or cultural approach can be utilized to enhance active participation in sustainable practices 

In relation to research, applicants should document:

  • Experience, skills and achievements that demonstrate the ability or potential to produce high quality research outputs and publish in international journals
  • A personal research plan which is consistent with the Department of Communication and Psychology research strategy and demonstrates the potential to develop new research projects
  • Experience, skills and achievements that demonstrate the ability or potential to develop external and/or international networks and collaborations
  • Experience, skills and achievements that demonstrate the ability or potential to engage in activities with actors outside academia to enhance the impact of research. 

In relation to teaching, applicants should document:

  • Experience, skills and achievements that demonstrate the ability or potential to deliver high quality teaching, using a range of pedagogical approaches including problem based learning, project supervision, group work, interactive seminars and lectures
  • Ability to teach, supervise, and assess written and oral performances in Danish.
  • Aalborg University works with a problem-based learning approach (PBL) and documented experience with this learning approach will be welcome but is not a prerequisite. 

In relation to general competences, applicants should also:

  • Document experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to work collaboratively with colleagues, participate fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department and research group, and encourage foster a positive and collegial working environment
  • Demonstrate great written and oral communication skills. 

The position will primarily be attached to the knowledge group Mattering: Centre For Discourse & Practice, which focuses its research on the following main themes: 

  • health communication and interaction
  • political communication
  • robotic technology and welfare technology
  • social media and digital youth culture
  • sustainability/environmental communication
  • work life and wellbeing 

As a member of Mattering: Centre for Discourse and Practice the candidate is a part of a research group that has high level expertise on various analytical and theoretical approaches to discourse and practice studies, especially from the multimodal and material-discursive aspect. The group is involved in developing interdisciplinary research and has recently oriented strongly to participatory research which is regarded as an essential move in the present environmental crisis. psy

Applicants should be able to work together with others and be capable of creating and sustaining relations with other researchers in an international research environment. Both national and international research networks will be advantageous. Applicants need to be willing to participate actively in all aspects of daily work in the Department. More information about the research profile of the Department can be found here:

Assistant professorship

A position as assistant professor is a fixed-term training position which includes an obligation to carry out research and teaching activities. To a limited extent, additional tasks may be defined by the University. The appointment includes a requirement to attend a course in university pedagogy for assistant professors organised by the University.

The employment as assistant professor must not exceed a total period of four years at the same institution (a maximum of six years at assistant professor level at AAU and a maximum of eight years at assistant professor level in Denmark). 

Applicants for the assistant professorship are required to possess academic qualifications; for example a PhD degree or similar academic qualifications.

The application must contain the following:

  • Your CV 
  • A complete publication list and markings of the attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment. No more than five publications may be attached.
  • In case you attach joint, a co-author statement must be enclosed specifying your contribution to the joint work. The co-author statement must be signed by at least one of the co-authors. Template co-author declaration
  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications Guidance Teaching portfolio
  • Copies of your degree certificates (including Master’s and PhD certificates) 

Applicants will be assessed by an expert assessment committee. Applicants may be invited to an interview and/or asked to give a trial lecture.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Expectations in connection with employment as academic staff.

Any enquiries about the position may be addressed Head of Department Mikael Vetner at or phone: +45 9940 7263 or Head of Knownlegde Group Pirkko Raudaskoski at or phone +45 9940 9063.

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email

Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English. 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics. The first 3 months of your employment is a trial period.

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