Norms for recruitment of academic staff to permanent positions

Aarhus University has introduced seven norms for recruitment of permanent members of academic staff. The seven norms were laid down by the senior management team after discussion in the academic councils and several consultations with the research and teaching programmes. 

The norms will contribute to strengthening recruitment practices at Aarhus University, for example by helping to ensure the quality and diversity of the pool of applicants to positions at all four faculties. The norms provide a shared framework for recruitment and address the use of search committees, re-advertisement of positions, assessment committees, research abroad and appointment committees, and will be implemented at the departments/schools and centres, whose management will be responsible for integrating the norms with existing local guidelines.    

  1. All advertisements for permanent academic positions must be worded in broad terms and published both nationally and internationally.
  2. Search committees are a requirement, in order to ensure a sufficiently large, diverse pool of high-quality applicants (external applicants, international applicants and applicants of both sexes).
  3. A position must be re-advertised if an insufficient number of qualified applications have been received by the application deadline.
  4. The majority of the members of the assessment committee must be external.
  5. Appointment committees are a requirement; in case of professorships, with the participation of the dean’s office/executive team.
  6. In connection with the assessment of applicant qualifications, great emphasis must be placed on long-term stays at one or more internationally recognised research institutions outside of Denmark.
  7. Appointing internal candidates to permanent positions without prior advertisement is not possible.
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