Copenhagen or Aarhus (DK): Assistant professorship in educational psychology

University: Assistant professorship in educational psychology focusing on developmental psychology in a lifelong perspective

Assistant professorship in educational psychology focusing on developmental psychology in a lifelong perspective, based either in Copenhagen or Aarhus

Deadline:
05 August 2024

Academic contact person:
Charlotte Mathiassen
Lektor
cham(at)edu.au.dk
+4561863645

Vacant positions: 1

Hours per week: 37

Number of months: 36

Expected date of accession:
01 December 2024

The Danish School of Education (DPU) within the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant professorship in educational psychology focusing on developmental psychology in a lifelong perspective.

The assistant professorship is a full-time, three-year training position which begins on 1 December 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is based at DPU at either Aarhus campus or Emdrup campus (see the description of DPU below). It is important that the selected applicant takes part in the daily activities of the department, including both teaching and supervising. Since the department is situated in both Aarhus and Copenhagen, the selected applicant should expect some travel activity.

The position

We are looking for applicants with knowledge within the field of educational psychology in a lifelong perspective, and preferably also with a background within the field of developmental psychology. We are furthermore looking for applicants with expertise in the contextual understandings of lifelong development, learning and wellbeing and with knowledge about widespread developmental crises (transitions, developmental disturbances) of relevance to the educational psychology field across institutional settings (home, daycare, school, work). An interest in both individual and group dynamic perspectives is welcome, as is knowledge about how to intervene and support professionals and their cooperation as well as children, young people and adults.

The position will be affiliated to the educational psychology section within the Department of Educational Anthropology and Educational Psychology. The section is responsible for the Master’s degree programme in educational psychology and the professional Master’s degree programme in the psychology of well-being and capabilities.

The selected applicant will be expected to contribute to both programmes in a teaching and supervisory capacity.

Research

We are looking for applicants with a research profile that can complement and contribute to developing the existing teaching and research in the field of educational psychology with a focus on lifelong development.

The selected applicant for the assistant professorship will be expected to develop new research projects within one or more of the following areas:

  • Early childhood education and care (ECEC)
  • Developmental crisis in a lifelong perspective
  • Learning and wellbeing in schools – children, youth, and adults
  • Research and intervention/support in relation to children, youth and adults in the digital age
  • Marginalised and institutionalised conduct of life in a developmental and lifelong perspective.

Teaching

The selected applicant will be expected to play an active role in the development and coordination of the Master’s degree programme in educational psychology and in the teaching and supervision of students on this programme and other programmes offered by the Danish School of Education at Master’s and professional Master’s levels. Teaching activities are divided between the campuses in Aarhus and Copenhagen, which is why some travel activity must be expected.

The selected applicant will be obliged to complete a course in university teaching designed especially for assistant professors.

Talent development

The selected applicant will be expected to develop their supervision capabilities at Master’s level.

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the selected 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 actors or public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications

The selected applicant must have a Master’s and PhD degree or the equivalent in psychology, educational psychology or a related field and must be able to document the following:

  • Theoretical knowledge about a broad range of psychological theories, especially contextual developmental psychology of relevance for the field of educational psychology
  • Knowledge of a variety of methods, including interviews and observation and preferably also assessment and interventions over the lifespan
  • Experience or interest in teaching in relation to the Master’s degree programme in educational psychology and the professional Master’s degree programme in the psychology of well-being and capabilities
  • An internationally oriented research profile
  • A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile
  • Experience or interest in participating in national and international research networks
  • Experience or interest in communication and knowledge exchange
  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration as well as interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in or potential for obtaining external research funding
  • Experience or interest in interdisciplinary teaching, including innovative teaching methods
  • Experience or interest in supervising student projects and interest in researcher talent development.

The selected applicant must be able to teach and publish in English. If the selected applicant cannot speak Danish, they will be required to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

The selected 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.

About the Danish School of Education

The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University is Denmark's largest centre for research and teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning, with approximately 240 full-time researchers, including 80 PhD students, and 4,500 Bachelor's and Master's degree students. The school's activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinarity and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact the head of the Department of Educational Anthropology and Educational Psychology, Charlotte Mathiassen, by email: cham(at)edu.au.dk or tel.: +45-6186 3645. Read about the Department of Educational Anthropology and Educational Psychology Department of Educational anthropology and Educational pshychology (au.dk)(https://dpu.au.dk/en/about-the-school/organisation/department-of-educational-anthropology-and-educational-pshychology).

The application must be submitted in English.

International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to read about&xnbsp;family and work-life balance (https://international.au.dk/life/lifeindenmark/familyworklife/)&xnbsp;and&xnbsp;the attractive working conditions (https://international.au.dk/research/researcher-positions/workingconditions/)&xnbsp;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 broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a&xnbsp;relocation service (https://internationalstaff.au.dk/relocationservice)&xnbsp;and career counselling for expat partners. You can also find information about the&xnbsp;taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU (https://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/hr/payroll/taxation-of-researchers/taxation-aspects-of-international-researchers-employment-by-au/).

An appointee who does not speak Danish will be required to acquire proficiency in Danish equivalent to level B2 (CEFR) in order to handle tasks, including administrative and managerial responsibilities, and to participate fully in the activities of the Danish School of Education within approximately three years of commencing the appointment. These include, but are not limited to, teaching and examining students, reading work-related texts and participating in meetings and collegial gatherings in Danish.

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

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Relocation Services for Professors and Postdocs at Aarhus University (au.dk)(https://internationalstaff.au.dk/relocationservice). Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/.

Formalities

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 (https://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_til_web_december_2017_en.pdf (pdf))

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, 240 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, 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 arts.au.dk/en

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
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 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

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