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The Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University in Denmark @AarhusUni invites applications for a 12-month #postdoctoral position in #multimodal #anthropology.; deadline 27.06.2022



The Department of Anthropology, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 12-month postdoctoral position in multimodal anthropology.

The appointment begins on September 1st, 2022 – [and will end on August 31st, 2023], or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Research context

The Eye and Mind Laboratory for Visual Anthropology seeks to strengthen its expertise in multimodal anthropology. We are looking for a candidate with a strong track record of doing anthropology beyond text, employing audio, video, still images, performance methodologies, or web platforms for research, analysis, and dissemination. We are particularly interested in scholars working with sound, arts-based approaches, or exhibition-making. We hope to attract applicants with a desire to explore and experiment with the boundaries of visual and more-than-textual forms of anthropology, for instance via research in/through the use of social media or other emergent technologies, or through participatory design processes. We see this as a key element in a broader, and necessary, reconceptualization of anthropological methodologies and of the ways we can teach qualitative methods in worlds increasingly saturated by digital, audiovisual, and multimodal forms of communication.

The successful applicant is expected to participate in project activities (such as workshops, talks, or conferences) and contribute to teaching, and the ongoing debates and practical experimentation at the Eye and Mind Lab.

The position

The successful applicant will be expected to:
  • develop their research within the framework provided by the Eye and Mind Lab
  • contribute to grant applications directed towards the growth and further consolidation of multimodal anthropology at Aarhus University.
  • present their research at international meetings and publish results in international outlets
  • contribute to the organization of research workshops, talks and international conferences hosted at the Eye and Mind Lab
  • teach courses on multimodal anthropology and qualitative research methods at BA and/or MA level (maximum 20%, by agreement).
Applicants are asked to submit a project/or research proposal [maximum 2 pages] in which they present a multimodal research project that they want to develop during the duration of the position. In addition, applicants must submit:
  • A concise statement of motivation for applying for the position [maximum one page]
  • A CV (maximum five pages).
  • Publications (maximum of 5 publications).
  • A project portfolio/ examples of multimodal works (photographs, film, sound work, artistic products, etc.). Such audiovisual materials can be included as links to external media webpages such as Vimeo and YouTube.
  • Outline of a research/work plan for the duration of the position (two pages).
  • A list of publications.


The position will involve some teaching as agreed upon with the Head of the Department and the project PI.

Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant will be expected to disseminate findings of their project with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position. In particular, they will be encouraged to contribute to knowledge exchange opportunities at Aarhus University (in particular the Department of Anthropology’s Eye and Mind Lab).
Applicants for this position must hold a PhD degree, or equivalent, in anthropology or a related field.

Applicants must document:
  • relevant teaching experience
  • Skills in media practice (film, sound, photo, web, performance, exhibition-making)
  • an international research profile.
 Applicants' earlier research will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time they have had available. We therefore encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they may have had without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), so these can be taken into consideration when evaluating their productivity.

Please upload a maximum of five publications alongside your application. Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.

Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

The application must be submitted in English

For further information about the position, please contact steffenkoehn(at)cas.au.dk

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb(at)au.dk.

The work environment

The key research environments related to the project are at the Department of Anthropology, and the Eye and Mind Lab.
Read about Department of Anthropology here: https://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/anthropology
Read about the Eye and Mind Laboratory here: https://eyeandmind.dk/about/

School of Culture and Society

At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:
  • From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
  • From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
  • From local questions to global challenges.
The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education. 
For further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.
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). Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

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

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


More details

Steffen Köhn

steffenkoehn[ at ]cas.au.dk