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Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus Universitet

Indrykket 02-09-2021

Senior Researcher in Communal Singing/Song Culture at The Grundtvig Study Centre

The School of Culture and Society invites applications for a position as senior researcher in Danish/Nordic song culture and communal singing at the Grundtvig Study Centre. The position is a permanent part-time position of 7 hours pr. week which begins on December 1st  2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is filled subject to the grant underlying the Grundtvig Study Centre.

Place of employment: Aarhus University, The Grundtvig Study Centre, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

In its pursuit of academic excellence, The Faculty of Arts is committed to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc.


The position


We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate with a strong research profile and research experience within the field of on the one hand the hymnic work of N.F.S. Grundtvig and on the other hand Danish/Nordic song culture who will contribute to the development of the centre and of its core activities in the areas of research and knowledge exchange. The senior researcher will be expected to develop projects with external financing.

The Grundtvig Study Centre at Aarhus University offers a dynamic, collegial research environment with good possibilities for career development, project funding, and administrative support.




The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society and Aarhus University in general and to strengthen the Grundtvig Study Centres research activities and output in particular.

The successful applicant is expected to have solid experience in research areas such as musicology, hymnology, performance culture and Grundtvig studies.

In the application, the applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development at Aarhus University with respect to research and outreach.

Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. We therefore ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (for instance due to maternity/paternity leave) in order to gauge their research productivity.


Knowledge exchange


It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as described in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts https://arts.au.dk/om-arts/strategi-arts-2020-2025/, for instance research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society partners or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.




Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent qualifications in Musicology, Theology or related areas of research as well as research qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship.

Applicants must furthermore be able to document: 



  • Research experience within the field of the hymnic work of N.F.S. Grundtvig and Danish/Nordic song culture
  • Solid experience in research areas such as musicology, hymnology, performance culture and Grundtvig studies.
  • Participation in national and international networks as well as experience of interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Successful experience of attracting external research funding
  • Experience of outreach and knowledge exchange



Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.

References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to provide professional references.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the departments academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the departments research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the centre regularly.


Language and further information 


Applicants must be able to read nineteenth-century Danish at the level needed for research in Grundtvigs hymns and songs.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, s/he must learn sufficient Danish to participate in the daily administrative and academic business of the department within a period agreed upon between the applicant and the department. The acquisition of sufficient Danish is a condition for employment

Applications must be uploaded in English.

For further information about the content of the position, please contact Head of The Grundtvig Study Centre: Katrine Frøkjær Baunvig (baunvig@cas.au.dk)

For further information about the application procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (


The Grundtvig Study Center


The Grundtvig Study Centre is divided in two departments. One in Farvergade 27, Copenhagen, covering the task of scholarly editing a digital edition of Grundtvigs works: www.grundtvigsværker.dk. The other department, situated in Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Aarhus, focusses on research and outreach in a broader sense. The senior researcher will be placed in Aarhus.


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 schools 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 and 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.


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).





The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

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 Universitys 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

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners:
http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/


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


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


Aarhus University


Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/


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