Research assistant (fixed-term contract) – Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Apr 2024

Centre for Urban Network Evolutions

(UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) research assistant for the period

1 June 2024 – 31 January 2025.

Place of employment: Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.

The position

The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the UrbNet vice director, Professor Søren M. Sindbæk, on a number of tasks in connection with the project ‘Byarkæologisk Atlas’ and other publication projects, including:

  • Carrying out data collection, data management and analysis in online databases (under supervision)
  • Drawing plans and maps and analysing data using GIS
  • Creating digital illustrations
  • Performing research tasks within the area of archaeology, e.g. literature searches and image processing.


Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:

  • an MA in archaeology, history or a related discipline
  • a strong interest in the academic subjects represented at UrbNet
  • knowledge of archaeology
  • experience with GIS (pref. QGIS), data analysis and drawing software
  • fluency in Danish and English (spoken and written)
  • flexibility and the ability to make shifts in focus
  • a methodological and structured approach to work, and good organisational skills
  • good time-management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • good interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Applicants who can document experience from similar roles will have an advantage.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Søren Sindbæk ([email protected]).

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn ([email protected]).

About UrbNet

The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) was founded in 2015 as a groundbreaking archaeological research initiative exploring the evolution of urbanism and urban networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.

UrbNet aims to compare the archaeology of urbanism from medieval Northern Europe to the ancient Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean World and determine how – and to what extent – urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. The centre is firmly rooted in the humanities but enjoys close, collaborative ties with the natural sciences.

UrbNet aims to advance the understanding of the historical process of urban evolution, and it does so by developing the ability of archaeology to characterise the scale and pace of events and processes. Recently developed scientific techniques afford the potential for archaeology to refine the precision of dates, contexts and provenance ascribed to excavated materials. UrbNet’s key ambition has been to integrate these new forms of data as a new “high-definition” approach to the study of global and interregional dynamics.
UrbNet’s work comprises projects that intersect questions and problems concerning urban development and networks in the regions from Northern Europe via the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves elaborate work on empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects, and the centre aims to make substantial contributions to theoretical and methodological developments in the field.


Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities

(the Appointment Order)


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:


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.

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Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

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

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