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Assistant or Associate Professorship in Cognitive Science 981677

The School of Culture and Society invites applications for a position as assistant or associate professor in cognitive science.

The assistant professorship is a three-year, fixed-term position. If an assistant professor is appointed, after three years, and subject to appropriate funding, an associate professorship in the same subject area will be announced in open competition. The associate professorship is a permanent position.

Place of employment: IMC Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The position is available from 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
The position will be associated with the Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) at the School of Culture and Society. The position is a combined teaching and research position. The teaching will take place on the cognitive science programme at the Department for Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Cognitive Semiotics (LICS).

The IMC is an interdisciplinary research centre at Aarhus University studying human interaction from the perspectives of the humanities and the social, biological and cognitive sciences. This is an important field of research because it is through interactions that humans construct worlds that are at once physical, financial, symbolic and normative. Consequently, the IMC studies the interplay between three related topics: cognition, communication and choice. The IMC is a unique methodological and theoretical centre of research and inquiry because it brings these fields together to bridge topics relating to human interaction.

LICS offers new BSc and MSc programmes in cognitive science. These programmes include courses on social cognition, decision theory, cognitive neuroscience, the computational modelling of behaviour and cognition, and the philosophy of cognitive science. The BSc programme is entering its fourth year, and for its last intake, the programme required the highest GPA of any university programme offered in Denmark. The MSc will be offered for the first time in the autumn of 2019.

Research
The successful applicant will have expertise in developing computational and statistical models of behaviour and cognition, or in conducting advanced statistical data analysis. The specific research topic for the position is open; but applicants focusing on one or more of the core IMC themes of cognition, communication and choice will be preferred. As part of the IMC, applicants should be open to collaboration with researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including the humanities, and will be preferred if they have a track record of such collaboration. Applicants should also be committed to open science.

Teaching
The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses on the BSc and MSc programmes in cognitive science offered by LICS. If an assistant professor is appointed, he/she will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching designed for assistant professors.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to have an interest in knowledge exchange with society in relation to their area of research and the level of seniority applied for.

Talent development
If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be expected to attract and supervise PhD students and contribute to the development and implementation of PhD courses within the subject.

Background and qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in cognitive science or related fields.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must have teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme.

If an associate professor is appointed, the applicant must be able to document teaching experience corresponding at least to the completion of an assistant professorship.

The successful applicant will be able to document research expertise and teaching experience at university level within two or more of the following topic areas:

  • Statistical methods relevant to cognitive science, including but not limited to:
    • machine learning
    • computational modelling
    • multi-level modelling
  • Applied cognitive science, including but not limited to:
    • decision making
    • human-computer interaction
    • Neuroscience and neuroimaging, with a focus on electrophysiology.

A candidate with a proven track record of interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly in the humanities, will be preferred.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must furthermore document:
  • A relevant publication profile (documented by the submission of a maximum of five publications)
  • Interest in cross-institutional collaboration
  • Experience of or interest in working in national and international research networks
  • Interest in attracting external grants

Applicants for the associate professorship must further document:
  • A relevant and high-quality list of publications (documented by the submission of a maximum of eight publications)
  • Experience of working in national and international research networks
  • Experience of attracting external grants

Applicants must state clearly whether they are applying for the assistant or the associate professorship.

The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the position, please contact the head of LICS and IMC co-director Joshua Skewes: filjcs@cas.au (filjcs@cas.au)

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn: mbb@au.dk (mbb@au.dk)

The academic environment
Interacting Minds Centre: For further information, please consult the following website: http://interactingminds.au.dk/about-the-centre/ (http://interactingminds.au.dk/about-the-centre/)

LICS: The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics is one of nine departments at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. For further information, please consult the following website: http://cc.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/linguistics-cognitive-science-and-semiotics/ (http://cc.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/linguistics-cognitive-science-and-semiotics/)

School of Culture and Society
At 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 familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
  • From local questions to global challenges

The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering 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 more details about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/ (http://cas.au.dk/en/).

Formalities
  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order) (http://jobsys.au.dk/link2/ansaettelsesbekendtgoerelsen_en).
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (http://jobsys.au.dk/link2/akademikere_i_staten) .
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (http://jobsys.au.dk/link2/stillingsstrukturnotatet_en).
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines (http://arts.au.dk/en/about-arts/vacant-positions/application-guidelines-academic-positions-2014/).
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant degree certificates, and (if relevant for the position) a teaching portfolio. Please upload this material electronically along with your application. When you submit your application for the assistant professorship, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output.

When you submit your application for the associate professorship, please upload a maximum of eight samples of your scholarly output.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.

Shortlists are 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: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_december_2017.pdf (http://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_til_web_december_2017_en.pdf)

Deadline
All applications must be made online and received by: 13.07.2018

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.


The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 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, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. 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 http://arts.au.dk/en

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it at ias.au.dk/en (http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service)

 


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