Research assistant (fixed-term contract) – Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet)


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Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) research assistant for the period
1 May 2024 – 30 April December 2025 (with the possibility of an extension). The position is affiliated with the project A Digital Archive Platform for Research on the Danish Inter-World War Archaeological Engagement in the Middle East.

Place of employment: Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark.

The position

The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the UrbNet centre director, Professor Rubina Raja, on a number of tasks, including:

  • supporting large research/publication projects (including copyediting and indexing)
  • carrying out data collection, data management and analysis (under supervision)
  • performing research tasks within the area of classical archaeology, e.g. literature searches and image processing
  • supporting processes in connection with funding applications/reporting to funding agencies.


Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:
  • an MA in classical archaeology, ancient history or a related discipline
  • a strong interest in the academic subjects represented at UrbNet
  • knowledge of the Hellenistic and Roman Near Eastern regions
  • knowledge of the modern history of the Middle East (19th-20th century)
  • fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • knowledge of other modern languages such as French, German and Italian
  • attention to detail
  • experience with editorial work and copyediting.
  • flexibility and the ability of make shifts in focus.
  • a methodological and structured approach to work, and good organisational skills
  • good time-management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • good interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Applicants who can document experience from similar roles will have an advantage.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja (

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (

About UrbNet

The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) was founded in 2015 as a groundbreaking archaeological research initiative exploring the evolution of urbanism and urban networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.

UrbNet aims to compare the archaeology of urbanism from medieval Northern Europe to the ancient Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean World and determine how – and to what extent – urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. The centre is firmly rooted in the humanities but enjoys close, collaborative ties with the natural sciences.

UrbNet aims to advance the understanding of the historical process of urban evolution, and it does so by developing the ability of archaeology to characterise the scale and pace of events and processes. Recently developed scientific techniques afford the potential for archaeology to refine the precision of dates, contexts and provenance ascribed to excavated materials. UrbNet’s key ambition has been to integrate these new forms of data as a new “high-definition” approach to the study of global and interregional dynamics.
UrbNet’s work comprises projects that intersect questions and problems concerning urban development and networks in the regions from Northern Europe via the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves elaborate work on empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects, and the centre aims to make substantial contributions to theoretical and methodological developments in the field.


Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).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

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

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Aarhus Universitet, Moesgård Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg


Ansøgningsfrist: 23-03-2024; - ansøgningsfristen er overskredet

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