Associate Professor in Old Testament Studies

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Dec 2023

The Department of Theology (see

) at Aarhus University invites applications for the full-time permanent position of associate professor in Old Testament Studies.

The position is available from 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Department of Theology, School of Culture and Society, Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3–7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

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

The position

We are seeking a talented and dedicated colleague with a strong track record and an innovative future research plan in Old Testament Studies. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the development of the Department of Theology and its core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.

The successful applicant will play a key role in the ongoing creation of internationally recognised research areas within Old Testament Studies and take active part in the work of the research group in Biblical Studies, contributing to its current profile with new areas of expertise. The successful applicant will also develop collaborative research initiatives with other disciplines and develop projects with external financing.

We emphasise the importance of taking part in the daily life of the Department of Theology, as well as the significance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. The successful applicant is expected to be present in the department on a daily basis.


Applicants must possess the academic qualifications and ambitions necessary to conduct high-quality research in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies and cognate areas.

The School of Culture and Society emphasises the significance of international and interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective projects, and the ability to attract external research funding. The Department of Theology has likewise an international profile and strong research networks. Accordingly, we are looking for a candidate with a solid research profile and track record.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the research programme of the Department of Theology, and to develop and contribute to research initiatives at the School of Culture and Society in terms of new projects with internal and external partners and external funding. In the application, applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development of Biblical Studies at Aarhus University with respect to research and external funding.

The research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time that has been available to applicants. We encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they have had without research activities (e.g., maternity/paternity, illness, etc.), enabling us to subtract these periods from the span of their academic career when evaluating their productivity.


Applicants must be qualified and prepared to teach and supervise at BA, MA and PhD levels. Formal training in university pedagogy is mandatory.

The position involves teaching duties in Old Testament Studies as well as responsibility for the development of interdisciplinary teaching activities. This includes team teaching in the study programmes of Aarhus University at the Department of Theology and beyond. The successful candidate must also be qualified to teach courses in Biblical Hebrew.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a dynamic teaching environment, including the development and application of innovative teaching methods, in dialogue with students and other professors. In the application, applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development of Biblical Studies at Aarhus University with respect to teaching.

We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.

Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to talent development in Old Testament and Biblical Studies and at the Department of Theology in general. This means that the successful applicant will recruit and supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant will be expected to engage in public dissemination and knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. Applicants should also document prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.


Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in theology or related fields. They must be able to document competences corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship (


in Danish); see


Applicants must also be able to document:

  • Academic publications at a high international level in Old Testament Studies and related areas of research. A maximum of eight publications must be submitted.
  • A research profile, which demonstrates the candidate’s expertise beyond the area of research on which they worked in their PhD dissertation.
  • Knowledge of both historical-critical and contextual approaches to the exegesis and theology of the Old Testament.
  • Proficiency in languages relevant to Old Testament Studies.
  • Knowledge of sources and cultures in the ancient eastern Mediterranean region.
  • Knowledge of other fields of theology, humanities and/or social sciences that are relevant to Old Testament Studies.
  • Experience of participation in national and international research networks.
  • Experience of obtaining external research funding.
  • Successful teaching experience in areas of relevance to Old Testament Studies.
  • Experience in supervision of students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD).
  • Experience of public dissemination and knowledge exchange.

The following skills are considered an advantage:

  • Experience of participation in collective research projects.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research collaboration.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary teaching and the use of innovative teaching methods.
  • Experience of teaching development and talent development.
  • Experience of research management and academic leadership.

Language and further information

Applicants must be able to teach and communicate in Danish at university level. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, they will be expected to learn Danish within two years.

Please note that only publications submitted alongside the application will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. 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 later during the process.

The application must be written in English.

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email: [email protected]

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jakob Egeris Thorsen, email: [email protected]

The Department of Theology

The successful applicant will join the Department of Theology at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts. The department is one of the largest environments for theological research in Europe and attracts a number of internationally recognised researchers. It is nationally and internationally renowned for its activities in several areas of research such as the Bible, Judaism and Christianity in antiquity, church history, dogmatics, philosophy of religion, ethics, and practical theology, as well as hosting several research centres (see

). The study of the Old Testament has always been an integral part of theological research and teaching at Aarhus University. The Department of Theology offers BA and MA degree programmes in theology, as well as training PhD candidates through the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts.

The 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 ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance as well as to offer teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, 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 .

International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to check

Family and work-life balance


Attractive working conditions

for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a

relocation service

and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see

Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU


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