Professorship in Applied Ethics

Professorship in Applied Ethics

Department of Culture and Society invites applications for a position as professor with special responsibilities (MSO) in the field of applied ethics with a particular emphasis on bioethics. The professorship is a fixed-term employment for a period of 5 years and is available from 1 August 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position can be extended provided that sufficient funding is obtained.

The position:

We are looking for a candidate to develop the department’s activities in the field of applied ethics. The professor will be heading the present Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics (see and is expected to strengthen the coordination of research initiatives within this broad field. In the application, the applicant is expected to outline his or her vision for the development of a comprehensive collaboration on interdisciplinary ethical research at Aarhus University in a national and international context.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The applicant is also expected to make active contribution to the academic environment of the subject area.


Candidates for the professorship with special responsibilities will be expected to demonstrate expertise and profound knowledge in the field of applied ethics. The candidate should have extensive research experience in the field of bioethics. Additional research experience in environmental ethics and animal ethics is an asset.


Applicants should be prepared to contribute to the department's teaching and student supervision at all levels (BA, MA and PhD) in the field of applied ethics and especially in bioethics. This includes contributions to further development of already comprehensive research-based teaching activities in collaboration with the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Talent development

Applicants should be prepared to participate in PhD and post-doctoral training and supervision including teaching and development of cross-faculty PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in knowledge exchange with society in relation to the above-mentioned field of research through, for example, public-sector consultancy, research reports for other social stakeholders and effective communication of research results.

Further information

For further information regarding the position, please contact Head of Department Bjarke Paarup, phone: +45 87 16 21 58, e-mail:


The applicant must be able to document:

· Experience with independent research at international level including research innovation documented by continuous academic publications

· Experience with managing larger research projects

· Relevant teaching and student supervision qualifications at all levels within the field of applied ethics (BA, MA and PhD)

· Experience with public-sector consultancy and research dissemination.

Given the increasingly international focus of the programme, the applicant will be expected to teach in English.


The application must include the following:

· The applicant’s research qualifications as they relate to the requirements in the advertisement for the position, including a research plan for the coming years

· The applicant’s experience with research administration, e.g. research management, organising research seminars and conferences

· A draft for the construction and development of a comprehensive collaboration on ethics at Aarhus University

· The applicant’s teaching experience and any experience with the administration of degree programmes and directing degree programmes or courses

· The applicant’s experience with teaching and supervising PhD students

· The applicant’s experience with knowledge exchange activities, if any

· A short statement of any leaves of absence.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.

The application must be submitted in English.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail

Period of employment

The position as professor with special responsibilities (MSO) is a fixed-term employment contract for a period of 5 years (with a possibility of extension).

Place of work

The Department of Culture and Society (CAS), Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous vej 7, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

The Department of Culture and Society (CAS)

The Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics is affiliated to the Department of Culture and Society, where 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 familiar Danish cultural forms to other – and very different – worlds
From local questions to global challenges.

The department‘s research and teaching activities are characterised by a high degree of quality and international visibility. The department closely interacts with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad and contributes to societal innovation, research dissemination and further and continuing education.

For a more detailed description of the Department of Culture and Society, please visit

Faculty of Arts

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

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University’s research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange activities.

With its 800 academic staff members, 300 PhD students, 13,000 BA and MA students, and 2,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, the Department of Culture and Society, the Department of Education, the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, and the AU Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Each of these units has strong academic environments that form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty’s research and teaching activities take place within the context of extensive international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in close interaction with society.



Hanne Andersen, Head of Centre

Centre for Science Studies

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

Ny Munkegade bld 1520

DK-8000 Aarhus C, DENMARK