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The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant or associate professorship in the anthropology of organisations 953247

 

The Department of Educational Anthropology at the Danish School of Education at Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant/associate professorship in the anthropology of organisations and technology with a focus on emerging technology and cultural learning processes.

The assistant professorship is a full-time, three-year training position which begins on 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The associate professorship is a permanent position which begins on 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is based at DPU campus Aarhus. It is important that the successful 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 successful applicant should expect some travel activity between Aarhus and Copenhagen.

The position
The anthropology of organisations and technology should be understood in broad terms and may encompass the study of organising and/or the use of technology in private companies, public organisations and beyond. The successful applicant must have a background in anthropology or another relevant field in the social sciences or humanities, as well as strong academic experience within the ethnographic exploration of organisations, everyday work practices and technology, and must be willing to participate in consolidating and expanding the field in terms of both teaching and research.

The Department of Educational Anthropology is an internationally oriented department in terms of both research and teaching. It offers degree programmes in both Danish and English, and is part of a multi-disciplinary environment at the Danish School of Education.

Research
We are looking for candidates with a research profile in the anthropology of organisations, with a particular focus on cultural learning processes and technology.

Organisations are social arrangements set up for particular purposes, and so the anthropology of organisations is understood broadly as an interest in exploring everyday life in organisations, with a particular focus on the uses of technology. This includes the study of the processes by which people learn to become part of organisations, and/or studies of the way in which people use technology in their everyday practices within organisations.

And it also includes a focus on emerging technology and cultural learning processes, for instance how technologies become culturally imagined, adopted, materialised and embedded in individual and shared activities.

The Department of Educational Anthropology emphasises the importance of research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding.

The successful applicants for associated professorship must be able to document scientific production at an international level, as well as scholarly contributions to theoretical, methodological and thematic developments within the field of organisational anthropology.

Teaching
The Department of Educational Anthropology offers graduate degree programmes in both Danish and English, so the successful applicant should be ready and able to teach and supervise in both Danish and English.

The teaching at the department focuses generally on educational practice and processes in settings as varied as educational institutions, workplaces and civil society. The successful applicant will be required to teach existing courses as well as developing new courses related to the educational anthropology programmes of the department. Teaching experience will be required in one or preferably more of the following areas:
- The ethnographic exploration of organisations
- Everyday work practices, cultural learning processes and technology
- The relation between emerging technologies and learning processes.
 
If an assistant professor is appointed, he/she will be required to complete a course in university teaching designed especially for assistant professors.

Talent development
If an assistant professor is appointed, he/she will be expected to develop his/her supervision capabilities at MA level.

If an associate professor is appointed, he/she will be expected to contribute to talent development within the field of educational anthropology, and to supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing 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 actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications
The successful applicant for the assistant professorship must have a PhD or the equivalent in anthropology or another relevant field in the social sciences or humanities, and must be able to document:
• A research profile in the anthropology of organisations, with a particular focus on cultural learning processes and technology
• Fieldwork experience in the relevant area of research
• An internationally oriented research profile
• A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile
• Experience of or interest in participation in national and international research networks
• Experience of or interest in communication and knowledge exchange
• Experience of interdisciplinary collaboration as well as interdisciplinary research
• Experience of or the potential for obtaining external research funding
• Experience of or interest in interdisciplinary teaching, including innovative teaching methods
• Experience of or interest in supervising student projects, and interest in researcher talent development.

The successful applicant for the associate professorship must have a PhD or the equivalent in anthropology or another relevant field in the social sciences or humanities, as well as research and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship, and must also be able to document:
• A research profile in the anthropology of organisations, with a particular focus on cultural learning processes and technology
• Fieldwork experience in the relevant area of research
• An internationally oriented research profile
• A strong, relevant international publication profile
• Participation in national and international research networks
• Experience of participation in collective research projects
• Teaching experience in areas of relevance to educational anthropology, interdisciplinary teaching experience including innovative teaching methods, and mastery of academic English in the classroom
• Proficiency in languages relevant to the area of research
• Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation
• Experience of attracting external research funding
• Experience of supervising student projects, and an interest in researcher talent development.

Applicants must be able to teach and publish in English. If the successful applicant cannot speak Danish, she/he will be required to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

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 Anthropology, Ida Wentzel Winther, email: idwi@edu.au.dk, tel.: +45 51890434.
Read about the Department of Educational Anthropology here.

The application must be submitted in English.

Formalities

  • Faculty 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 Applicant Guidelines.
  • 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. In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

08.02.2018
Please apply online here

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