Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society
Associate Professor of Cognition and Culture
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School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor of cognition and culture based at the Interacting Minds Centre.
The appointment is full time and tenured and begins on 1 April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. In its pursuit of academic excellence, the Faculty of Arts is committed to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc.
Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
The Interacting Minds Centre (https://interactingminds.au.dk) is an interdisciplinary research centre at Aarhus University studying culture, communication and interaction from the perspectives of the humanities and the social, biological and cognitive sciences. The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics (https://cc.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/linguistics-cognitive-science-and-semiotics/) offers BSc and MSc programmes in cognitive science, as well as elective programmes in social and cultural cognition. These programmes include courses on cultural dynamics and social cognition, cognitive neuroscience, computational modelling of behaviour and cognition, language and communication, human-computer interaction, applied cognitive science, and the philosophy of cognitive science.
The Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a robust research network. This includes major funded research projects on culture, cognition and interaction as they relate to mental health, art, play, learning, literature, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Interacting Minds Centre also houses a research laboratory infrastructure, including fNIRS, EEG, motion tracking and mobile eye tracking devices.
We are looking for an applicant who can contribute to research, teaching and supervision duties in more than one of these areas, and who can contribute to the development of our academic programmes.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
- take a role in developing research in the field of cognition and culture
- publish original peer-reviewed research internationally, as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within the field
- contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of cognition and culture and the research community at the department, in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners, and in connection with external research funding
- contribute to developing the Interacting Minds Centre’s research infrastructure, including the development and oversight of laboratory procedures, the development and delivery of training programmes for students and researchers, and the development and integration of data storage and computing infrastructure
- take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities, as well as teaching and supervising on the department’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes, particularly in the degree programme in cognitive science. The successful applicant will also be expected to apply innovative teaching methods.
Teaching and supervision
We are looking for applicants with teaching and supervision experience in the fields of the cognitive science of culture, cognitive neuroscience, and/or the philosophy of cognitive science at university level.
The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the ongoing development of curricula and the degree programme(s) within the field of cognitive science, and in this connection experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage, but not a requirement.
We are looking for applicants who have experience of supervising students at both BSc and MSc levels. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The successful applicant will furthermore be expected to supervise and help develop the careers of early-career researchers, as well as to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field.
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in terms of research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society, and the public dissemination of knowledge.
The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.
Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to cognition and culture, cognitive neuroscience, and/or the philosophy of cognitive science, as well as teaching and research experience commensurate with that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:
- an internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong international peer-reviewed research publication record within the field of cognition and culture, cognitive neuroscience, and/or the philosophy of cognitive science
- experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
- teaching and supervision competences and experience at BSc and MSc level, including curriculum development
- experience of knowledge exchange
- completion of a teacher-training programme designed for university teaching or an equivalent qualification
- technical/methodological knowledge within the fields of cognitive science and/or cognitive neuroscience, including knowledge relating to statistics, programming and measurement
- an ability to teach courses within in the fields of the cognitive science of culture, cognitive neuroscience, and/or the philosophy of cognitive science at university level
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
- time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions
- experience of applying for external research funding
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years as well as stating how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research developments within the field. The research plan should not exceed five pages.
Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question, so your application should specify any career breaks that you may have had.
Please note that applications to which publications are not attached (maximum eight) will not be considered.
Please do not include references or letters of recommendations with the application. Applicants who are invited to an interview may be asked to provide references.
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.
We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. You can read more about family and work-life balance in Denmark.
International applicants are encouraged to read about the attractive working conditions and other 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 wide variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. You can also find information about the taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, s/he will be required to acquire proficiency in Danish equivalent to level B2 (CEFR) in order to handle a variety of tasks including administrative and managerial responsibilities, and to participate fully in the activities of the School of Culture and Society within approximately three years of commencing the appointment. These tasks include, but are not limited to, the ability to correct exams, field questions from students, read work-related texts, and participate in meetings and collegial gatherings in Danish.
The place of employment is the Interacting Minds Centre (interactingminds.au.dk) and the Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics (Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics (au.dk)).
Prospective applicants are invited to view the department’s website.
School of Culture and Society
At 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 goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, 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/.
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Qualification requirementsApplicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.
FormalitiesFaculty 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
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Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
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.
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20 September 2021
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 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/
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