Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas
Associate professorship in humanistic innovation
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The School of Culture and Society invites applications for an associate professorship in humanistic innovation at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas. The associate professorship is a permanent position which begins on January 1st 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Denmark.
The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.
Ensuring a gender balance at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas is a high priority at Aarhus University, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. No candidate will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.
We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate with a strong research profile who will contribute to the development of the Department of Philosophy & History of Ideas and its core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The associate professor will be expected to be actively engaged in forging external partnerships and collaborations for the benefit of both research and educational activities at the department.
Furthermore, the successful candidate will ideally be well-experienced with the co-creation of research projects (across disciplines, sectors and stakeholders), which will be able to attract external funding.
The successful candidate must demonstrate strong research-based teaching competences in the field of humanistic innovation and value creation within a philosophical framework. She/he is expected to be theoretically, philosophically and methodologically well-founded. Creative, curious and explorative approaches in teaching and research will be considered a strong asset.
It will be an advantage, but not a requirement, that the successful candidate has research-based teaching competences in one or more of the following fields:
- Problem-based approaches, cross-disciplinary collaboration and stakeholder interaction within humanistic innovation and in value creation processes
- Applied philosophy and ethics in technology design and development
- Facilitation, collaboration and project management (theory and practice).
- Ethical, societal and/or existential implications of technological innovations and AI advancements
- Trustworthy/ethical AI, social robotics and/or robophilosophy.
The candidate will be in charge of the profile course aiming to strengthen
the transferable skills of Master’s degree students across the Faculty of Arts. Based on state-of-the-art theories of creativity and innovation management, the course will teach students to apply their academic competences in innovation contexts and provide them with apt tools for managing and facilitating creative and value-adding projects and processes. The course aims to encourage and qualify student engagement in responsible problem-solving and cross-disciplinary collaboration involving different types of stakeholders. Read more about the profile course here: https://studerende.au.dk/en/studies/subject-portals/arts/electivecourses%2Cprofilecoursesetc/profile-courses/humanistic-innovation/
The Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas at Aarhus University offers a dynamic, collegial, and internationally orientated research and teaching environment with good possibilities for career development, project funding, and administrative support.
ResearchThe successful applicant will be expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society and Aarhus University in general and to strengthen the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas’ research activities and output in particular. They will be expected to take an interest in interdisciplinary research collaboration within the School of Culture and Society, the Faculty of Arts, and beyond.
In the application, the applicants should explicitly present their vision and plans for the development of at Aarhus University with respect to humanistic value creation, research innovation and teaching and external collaboration.
Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. We therefore ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (for instance due to maternity/paternity leave) in order to gauge their research productivity.
EducationThe associate professor will be expected to teach and supervise students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD) and contribute to the development and application of innovative teaching methods. The Department of Philosophy & History of Ideas expects that the successful candidate participates actively in the development of a dynamic teaching environment in dialogue with students and other professors. The position involves teaching duties in Humanistic Innovation as well as responsibility for the development of interdisciplinary teaching activities.
We emphasise the importance of maintaining a dedicated and respectful relationship between staff and students, so applicants should be able to demonstrate and exemplify their commitment to participatory teaching initiatives and student involvement as part of their teaching portfolio.
Talent developmentThe associate professor is expected to contribute to talent development in humanistic innovation and ethics and new types of external collaboration. The applicant will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.
Knowledge exchangeIt is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as described in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts https://arts.au.dk/om-arts/strategi-arts-2020-2025/, for instance research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society partners or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
QualificationsApplicants must have a PhD or equivalent qualifications in philosophy or related areas of research, as well as research and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship.
Applicants must be able to document:
- An internationally oriented research profile
- A strong, relevant international publication profile
- An ability to create and sustain collaborative relations with the business sector in collaboration with the university business committee (Erhvervsudvalg).
- An ability to pursue and advance teaching collaborations with stem based educations.
- Experience of participation in collective research projects
- Successful teaching experience in areas of relevance with a specific emphasis on approaches to humanistic innovation (Teaching experiences and considerations on teaching should be submitted with the application in a separate teaching portofolio).
- Knowledge of development and innovation within organisations, e.g. citizen driven innovation and value creation.
- Participation in national and international networks, as well as experience of interdisciplinary cooperation
- Experience of attracting external research funding
- Experience of supervising student projects.
The applicant is invited to submit a research plan outlining plans for the first three years of employment with a special focus on research within Humanistic Innovation.
In addition, applicants should submit:
- a cover letter including a concise statement of motivation
- a maximum of eight publications
- a teaching portofolio demonstrating the approach to teaching within the field of humanistic innovation.
Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.
References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to provide professional references.
Applicants are expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.
In order to maintain and develop the department’s research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.
Language and further informationApplicants must be able to teach and supervise in Danish at university level.
Applications must be uploaded in English.
For further information about the content of the position, please contact Head of Department Jacob Busch, email@example.com
For further information about the application procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The academic environment at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas at Aarhus University is the largest of its type in Denmark and – especially because of the productive tension between the systematic and historical perspectives – the research conducted is characterised by an undogmatic and open-minded worldview. The researchers are involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects both within and outside the Faculty of Arts. Read more here: https://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/philosophy-and-history-of-ideas/
The work environment
Place of employment: Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C., Denmark.
The School of Culture and SocietyAt the School of Culture and Society, 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 local questions to global challenges.
The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance as well as to offer teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.
For further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.
International applicantsInternational applicants are encouraged to check Family and work-life balance and Attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.
Qualification requirementsApplicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
- Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.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
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
Faculty of Arts
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.
Read more at https://international.au.dk/
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.
Aarhus UniversityAarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/
For further information about the content of the position, please contact Head of Department Jacob Busch, email@example.com