Associate Professor in Transitions in Coastal Communities

Aalborg University


September 4, 2022


Associate Professor in Transitions in Coastal Communities (with a

possibility of promotion to professor through a promotion programme)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, a position as Associate Professor in Transitions in Coastal Communities is open for appointment from 1 October 2022 or soon hereafter. The position is a permanent full-time position with a possibility of promotion to professor through a promotion programme. The Department of Planning (PLAN) conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions. The Associate Professor will be located in the city of Aalborg, Denmark. Internally within the University, the position will be linked to the Centre for Blue Governance (CBG). CBG undertakes social scientific research within fisheries, marine governance, and the development of coastal communities and regions, both internationally and nationally. The Centre for Blue Governance collaborates cross-disciplinarily in the department to develop sustainable solutions.

Job description

The Associate Professor will do research within coastal communities. We are looking for a social scientist that are highly experienced in the science/tech interface and interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful applicant will have a proven track-record and documented experience in this area such that he/she can contribute to the continued development of CBG's position as one of the leading research centres investigating the social, cultural and political transitions taking place in coastal communities. The position will especially have a strong focus on understanding the transitions and peripherality of coastal communities in relation to maritime activities. This may include transition from exclusive fisheries dependence or on seafood products to diversified livelihoods combining production and amenities, but is also adaptation, transformation, and innovation processes in coastal communities in general.

The associate professor will have teaching responsibilities within the programme of Techno-anthropology and Environmental Management and Sustainability Science, but also in other study programmes at the University. At Aalborg University we teach after the PBL (Problem Based Learning) methods, and the successful candidate will have to acquire these teaching competences. The applicants should document research interests and teaching portfolio relevant to these disciplines.

Your competences:

  • Having a Ph.D. degree in a relevant social scientific discipline, such as maritime anthropology and planning.
  • Demonstrated research interest and experience in transitions in coastal communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects/research groups.
  • International publication record comprising publications within the academic field of the position.
  • Possessing experience in cross-disciplinary and community-oriented research.
  • Possessing an active network and relationships with national and international institutions working with transitions in coastal communities.
  • Experience in applying for external funding, especially at the EU project level.
  • Mastering Danish or Nordic language is a benefit due to the Danish language teaching opportunities and the many Danish cooperation partners to the center.
  • You may obtain further professional information from Professor Jan van Tatenhove, email:, tel.: (+45) 99408324.

    Placement on a programme for promotion to professor

    Department of Planning at Aalborg University offer particularly talented candidates an attractive career path by offering a placement on a programme for promotion to professor.

    The promotion programme will have a duration of minimum 3 years and up to eight years with the prospect of performance-based promotion to a tenured position as Professor. The duration of placement on the program is agreed upon when hiring, it will depend on how long the candidate has been employed as an associate professor prior to this employment and the candidate's qualifications and development in general.

    Associate Professors placed on a programme for promotion to professor are expected to be research and teaching talents, who are among the best in their field and has the potential to reach the highest international level in their field. The candidates have a groundbreaking and original research idea, can document exceptionally good results in research and teaching, can document externally funded research and are expected to be able to meet the criteria for permanent employment as a professor at AAU after completing the promotion program.

    If placed on a programme for promotion to professor, the Associate Professor will have an annual interview with the head of department. An internal assessment committee will conduct a mid-term evaluation. An external assessment committee will conduct a final review at the latest within the last six months of the agreed duration of the promotion programme. If the final review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Professor. You can read more on the Programme for Promotion to Professor at AAU here.

    Qualification requirements:

    The level of qualification for Associate Professors shall correspond to the level, which can be achieved on the basis of the appointment as Assistant Professor but may be achievable in other ways. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at an international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.

    The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.
  • If you want to be considered for employment as Associate Professor with placement on a programme for promotion to professor your application must also contain the following:

  • Plan for a programme for promotion to professor. The plan must reflect the criteria required for the merit of professors. The content of the plan must reflect the job description and the criteria that appear in the job advertisement. The final plan for promotion to professor is entered into by mutual agreement at the time of employment. AAU does not have a template for the programme which can be formed the way you seem it to fit best.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including information on
  • Education management
  • Research management
  • Acquisition of external funding
  • Knowledge collaboration
  • Research activities
  • For a placement on a programme for promotion to professor the abovementioned criteria and qualification requirements must also be met. Transfer to permanent employment as a professor presupposes, and is triggered by, a positive academic assessment based on the same requirements as for open advertisements for a professorship which are:

    That the candidate can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate's undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition, the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered in the overall assessment.

    The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

    Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

    AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

    For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Søren Kjelst Klausen by mail

    Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here


    Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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