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READVERTISEMENT: A permanent position as professor of educational psychology

The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as professor of educational psychology.

The position is a full-time, permanent position that begins on 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is located either at the Aarhus Campus, or at the Emdrup Campus (Copenhagen).

The Danish School of Education (DPU) is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position
DPU aims to use this professorship in educational psychology to underline its ambition to be among the top universities in the world in this field. The successful applicant is expected to strengthen research activity and output as well as contributing to the high profile of research within the field of educational psychology at Aarhus University.

The professorship in educational psychology is located at the Department of Educational Psychology, where theoretical psychological approaches to the field of educational and pedagogical practices as such are the centre of interest. The tradition of educational psychology in a Danish context encompasses both a broad range of subjects and a broad range of psychological and methodological approaches including social science studies in educational psychology. Subjects such as motivation and leadership, engagement and learning communities are of interest to the department in relation to this position in educational psychology.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange, and to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development.

Research
The Department of Educational Psychology at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in further developing research in the field of educational psychology.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to the field of educational psychology and the general research community at the Danish School of Education in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners, and external research funding.

Applicants must be able to document original scientific production at the highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and thematic developments within the field of leadership, motivation, engagement and learning communities. An innovative theoretical and/or empirical approach to the field of educational psychology is an advantage. Applicants are also asked to state their visions for future developments in the field as well as documenting a solid track record in research leadership, international research funding and international research cooperation.

It is vital that the successful applicant takes part in the daily activities of the Department of Educational Psychology, such as research and teaching activities and communities, as well as management and/or organisational boards (boards of studies and various managerial positions).

Further information about the present research strategies of the Department of Educational Psychology is available at this website:

Danish: Afdeling for pædagogisk psykologi (au.dk)
English: Department of Educational Psychology (au.dk)

Education
The successful applicant will be expected to have solid experience of teaching at university level, and should be prepared to teach and supervise at all levels of the degree programmes in educational psychology (MA and PhD), and in DPU’s cross-departmental MA programmes. Motivating and engaging participation in the teaching communities in and across departments is expected.

The successful applicant will also be expected to be the driving force in developing new degree programmes within the field of motivation, engagement and learning communities with a particular focus on young people and adults.
Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society and the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications
Applicants must document a PhD degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant field related to educational psychology as well as teaching and research experience commensurate with that attained through an associate professorship.

Applicants must be able to document:

  • Academic publications at the highest international level, including research innovation related to subjects such as motivation and leadership, engagement and learning communities
  • An innovative theoretical and empirical approach to educational psychology
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, including obtaining and administering external funding
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
  • Solid experience of leadership in research and education communities
  • Commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses.
Applicants must provide research plans and explain how they will meet the expectations of the professorship to strengthen and develop research and teaching in relation to subjects such as motivation and leadership, engagement and learning communities as well as in relation to the innovative use of psychological and methodological approaches. Experience of the development of degree programmes and teaching will also be considered an advantage.

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

For further information about the position, please contact the Head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Charlotte Mathiassen on telephone +4561863645 and/or mail cham@edu.au.dk

The application must be submitted in English.

Owing to the increasingly international nature of the degree programmes in question, applicants must be able to teach and publish in English. If the successful applicant cannot speak Danish, he/she will be required to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

The Danish School of Education
The Danish School of Education (known in Denmark as DPU) is Denmark’s largest and strongest university environment for basic and applied research within the field of education and educational theory (pedagogics).

The research at the school has an international foundation and is built around strong scientific perspectives on educational theory regarding:
  • Didactics (subject-based and general didactics)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
In addition, we conduct interdisciplinary research aimed at specific educational fields of inquiry, with childcare and schools playing the largest and most central roles.

Work environment
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, or at least weekly, basis.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. For further information, visit https://international.au.dk/life/lifeindenmark/familyworklife/.

International applicant?
International applicants are encouraged to visit https://international.au.dk/research/researcher-positions/workingconditions/ 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. You can find further information about the taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by Aarhus University here: Taxation when working or conducting research at Aarhus University (au.dk)

Research environment
The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University is the largest centre for research and teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning in Denmark, with approximately 250 full-time researchers, including 80 PhD students, and approximately 5,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students.

The department’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinary and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.

Visit the Danish School of Education’s website: http://edu.au.dk/en/.

For questions about working at Aarhus University, visit Junior Researcher Development Programme (au.dk).

For questions about relocating to Denmark, visit International Academic Staff (IAS) (au.dk).

Previously submitted applications will be taken into consideration unless they are withdrawn.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

FormalitiesIf 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 background.
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/

Read more about Faculty of Arts in the full post here.

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

Deadline: 24 May 2021

 

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