Academic Positions

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience 931071

The School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience. This is a full-time position which is available from 1 February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is associated with the research project “What Social Robots Can and Should Do—Towards Integrative Social Robotics”, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation (Semper Ardens Grant).

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

Research context
The research project “What Social Robots Can and Should Do—Towards Integrative Social Robotics” will define and implement a new paradigm for developing social robotics applications. “Integrative Social Robotics” (ISR) tightly integrates robotics research with a wide scope of research disciplines that investigate human social interactions, including empirical, conceptual and value-theoretical research in the humanities. To investigate the performance of the new method, the team will design and test several innovative social robotics applications that promote socio-cultural values and norms of personal well-being, such as fairness, authenticity, autonomy and creative self-realisation. 

The successful applicant will be a member of a project team of 25 international researchers from 11 disciplines (philosophy, robotics, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, education, communication, management, cognitive science, computer science and sociology). The project is coordinated by Professor MSO Johanna Seibt at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, and will run from 2016 until 2021. For more information see:

Research profile
The research tasks of this position will centre on discovering how the physical design (appearance, movements, functionalities) of social robots can be used to modulate neural mechanisms related to social cognition. In particular, the postdoc will focus on how social robots engage mechanisms for the ascription of agency and humanity to others; for inferring intentions from actions; for social learning and social biases concerning others; and for aligning one’s behaviour with others (i.e. for co-operating and conforming with others).

The research tasks in this complex, interdisciplinary project are partly pre-defined, but it is expected that all the project members will contribute original research ideas. The successful applicant should be capable of critically applying neuroscientific approaches to the above-mentioned research topics, as well as having knowledge of principles of experimental design and statistical methods applied in cognitive neuroscience.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Joshua Skewes, email:

Applicants for this position should hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant discipline. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct research using one or more neuroimaging modalities (i.e. EEG/MEG, fMRI, PET, etc).

Applicants should submit:

•    a concise description of their research profile (max. two pages)
•    a research proposal relevant to the topic of interest (max. three pages).

The proposal must be uploaded together with the letter of application.

For further instructions about submitted material, please consult the formal requirements below.

The application must be submitted in English.

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail:

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 goal of the school 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 a more detailed description of the school, please see this website:

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


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


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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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.

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