Aarhus University, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Postdoctoral position in archaeology as citizen science at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies
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The position is linked to the research project ’Borgerforskning som kulturarvsinnovator - Danefæ og detektorarkæologi som samskabende forskning og kilde til ny viden’. The position is made possible by a grant from the AUGUSTINUS FONDEN to the project’s PI Andres Dobat. The project is a collaboration between Aarhus University, Moesgård Museum, the National Museum of Denmark and the Historical Museum of North Jutland.
The appointment begins December 2022 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 contextWe are looking for a versatile and dynamic scholar with a background in either:
- archaeology and heritage studies or related, preferably with some additional experience or the will to gain such experience in citizen science (borgerforskning).
- citizen science (borgerforskning) or related, preferably with some additional experience or the will to gain such experience in archaeology, heritage studies or related.
It will be counted as an advantage if you have experience or the will to gain experience in museum practice, amateur archaeology, archaeological outreach and dissemination, metal detecting, archaeological artefacts, finds data, databases and/or IT development.
The focus of the project is Danish amateur archaeology (primarily metal detecting) and detected finds data. The project is first and foremost an intervention project, aiming to inform and improve archaeological practice through the development of concrete products and best practice advice. On a broad scale, the project aims at studying Danish archaeology through the lenses of the citizen science paradigm. On a narrower scale, the project aims at developing Danish hobby metal detecting into citizen science. Another focus will be the reactivation of the National Museum's Dane collection. The project thus has both an academic dimension (studying the landscape of citizen science in Danish archaeology), a social dimension (working with amateur archaeologists) and a classical archaeological dimension (working with artefacts and digital data). The concrete objectives of the project are to:
- Explore possibilities/limitations for citizen science in Danish archaeology,
- engage citizens to engage in research and actively contribute data and knowledge,
- make the National Museum's Dane collection accessible to all stakeholders in Denmark; and internationally,
- test citizen science as a methodological tool to generate new knowledge about key aspects of Danish history,
- develop Danish and international research practice and methodology and formulate best practice recommendations,
The candidate will work in close collaboration with other project participants, among these finds experts at the National Museum, and in particular the project's principal investigator, Associate Professor Andres Dobat, who will coordinate the research and provide guidance to support the candidate's career development (for a research assistant, possibly towards a PhD application). The successful applicant is expected to take an active and independent role in the design and coordination of all project activities.
For more detailed information on the project see here: https://cas.medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/cas_medarbejdere/Forskning/Projektbeskrivelse.pdf
The positionThe successful applicant is expected to engage with hobby archaeology in Denmark (mainly hobby metal detecting) in different ways. This will involve classic empirical research, such as conducting online surveys and interviews and gathering data in reports and articles. The project will, however, also contain direct interaction and collaboration with amateur archaeologists which will lead to the design educational material (best practice recommendations, artefact type references, online user guidelines, etc.). The position also involves working with the registration portal DIME (dime.au.dk), including preparing content for the website and user guidance. The position also entails the daily coordination of the research project.
Applicants are asked to submit an application containing a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position (maximum one page) and five key publications.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
- develop their own research approach within the framework provided by the project proposal
- present their research at international meetings and publish results in both reports, popular news channels and peer-reviewed international scientific journals
- contribute to the organization of research workshops and international conferences
The position will involve some teaching BA and/or MA level as agreed upon with the Head of the Department and the project PIs (maximum 20%, by agreement).
Knowledge exchangeThe successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.
QualificationsApplicants for this position must hold a PhD degree in archaeology, heritage studies, history, or a related field.
Applicants must document experience or interest in one or several of the following fields:
- citizen science
- hobby/amateur archaeology and/or hobby metal detecting
- Coordination and management of projects
- Preparation of research publications
- Preparation of outreach/dissemination and/or educational material
- Teaching experience
- Archaeological objects
- Digital object data (databases)
- Digital development
- Fluency in written and spoken Danish or a Scandinavian language is a prerequisite for the position.
The research activities will be evaluated in relation to the actual research time. We therefore encourage applicants to specify any periods of leave they may have had without research activities (e.g. maternity/paternity leave), so we can subtract these periods from the span of their academic career 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 can be submitted in English or Danish.
For further information about the position, please contact Andres Dobat at email@example.com
For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The work environmentAt the department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies we are concerned with people and the environment and culture and society from the earliest to modern times, with a focus on studies of material culture. On the basis of fieldwork and library and laboratory studies, including anthropology, history and a variety of scientific approaches, the programme investigates and challenges our understanding of past societies seen in a long time perspective.
The archaeology programme at Aarhus University has an international profile and strong research networks. A dynamic research environment provides the framework for large research projects, international conferences and a variety of visiting researchers. The environment is versatile and cross-disciplinary, and the academic staff’s research competences span topics ranging from war and power, mobility and globalisation, family and individual, religion and rituals, landscape and settlement, paleo-demography and evolution, trade and networks, technology and knowledge exchange to (in particular) quantitative analysis methods, field methodology and digital representation.
Read more [https://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/archaeology-and-heritage-studies
School of Culture and SocietyAt 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 requirementsApplicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.
FormalitiesThe Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
- Appointments shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
- 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 examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.
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. The 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
Faculty of ArtsThe 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.
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Aarhus UniversityAarhus 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/
For further information about the position, please contact Andres Dobat at email@example.com
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