Professor MSO in childhood studies and educational anthropology

Aarhus (DK)
01 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor MSO in childhood studies and educational anthropology

The Danish School of Education, Department of Educational Anthropology, Aarhus University invites applications for a position as professor MSO in childhood studies and educational anthropology. The abbreviation “MSO” stands for “with special responsibilities” in Danish. The position is available from 15 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position

The successful applicant will be expected to strengthen research activity and output as well as contributing to the high international profile of social and cultural childhood studies and educational anthropological research at Aarhus University. Childhood studies is part of the Department of Educational Anthropology, which combines elements from anthropology, education, sociology and culture studies with a strong emphasis on ethnographic empirical research. Relevant areas of research could be: research into children’s everyday lives in and across institutional settings, research with various groups of children who differ in terms of their age, ethnicity, social situation or geographical location, and research into children and childhood in the welfare state.

The successful applicant will be expected to play a leading role in developing a fertile academic environment at the Department of Educational Anthropology, and the Danish School of Education as a whole, by contributing to core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange, and in general by providing academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development.


The Danish School of Education expects the candidate to have a strong profile and track record within the field of social and cultural childhood studies combined with an ethnographic empirical research approach. The candidate is expected to take a leading role in developing the department’s international profile in childhood studies through international collaboration, publishing and external funding, and by establishing partnerships. 

Applicants must therefore be able to document original scientific production at the highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical, methodological and thematic developments within the field of childhood studies. Applicants are furthermore asked to state their visions for future developments in the field, as well as documenting a solid track record in research leadership, research funding and international research cooperation. 


The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Master’s and PhD degree programmes. The professor MSO will also be expected to be the driving force in developing and rethinking programmes within the field of educational anthropology. 

Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to recruit, supervise and integrate PhD students in the department’s research environment, as well as participating in the development and implementation of PhD courses on research in childhood studies. 

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts as well as the strategy for the Danish School of Education. For instance in knowledge exchange with government agencies, municipalities, NGOs or wider civil society actors, and also by contributing to public debate. 

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Application deadline: 27/12/2017