Academic Positions

Professor in Cognitive Science 1020701

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of professor in cognitive science.
 
The position is based at the Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics (LICS) at the School of Communication and Culture.
 
The appointment is tenured and begins on 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
The place of employment is Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
 
The position
The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes within the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and cognitive semiotics. The department has a strong international network, and department members play prominent roles in university research centres. 
 
The department’s new Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in cognitive science include courses in culture and social cognition, decision theory, cognitive neuroscience, the computational modelling of behaviour and cognition, communication and cognition, human computer interaction, and the philosophy of cognitive science. The Bachelor’s degree programme is in its fourth year, and for its last intake, it required one of the highest GPAs among all university degree programmes offered in Denmark. The Master’s degree programme will be offered for the first time in the autumn of 2019.
 
The position involves research, teaching and supervision duties in cognitive science. The position also involves contributing to the ongoing development of the cognitive science programmes. 
 
We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
 
Research
The research focus of the professorship is open within the field of cognitive science. However, the cognitive science programme places a particular emphasis on its research and teaching in experimental and statistical methods as well as computational and mathematical modelling of cognition. Applicants with expertise in one or more of these areas will be strongly favoured. We are particularly interested in applicants with one or more of the following research foci: computational modelling of cognition, judgement and decision-making, social interaction and/or computational social science, neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience, language and cognition, learning and memory, and applied cognitive science. A key criterion of assessment will be the quality of the applicant’s research output, which is expected to meet international standards for a full professorship.
 
The successful applicant will be expected to develop new research projects with internal and external partners, and to pursue and raise external research funding. The successful applicant will also be expected to provide academic leadership in the development and the day-to-day running of research programmes.
 
Teaching and supervision
The successful applicant must have experience of teaching at all university levels, and will be required to teach and develop courses on the Bachelor’s degree programme and the new Master’s degree programme in cognitive science, and to supervise student work on our programmes.
 
Teaching will primarily be on our BSc and MSc Cogntiive Science programs, and the successful applicant will be required to teach some combination of Cognition Neuroscience, Statistical Modeling, Applied Cognitive Science, and/or Language

Talent development
The successful applicant will be expected to provide academic leadership in the development and the day-to-day running of PhD programmes in the field of cognitive science. The position will require the ability to attract funding and talent for junior research positions (PhD and postdoc).
 
Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in the form of research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society actors or public dissemination of knowledge. The professor is also expected to take part in public debates in areas related to the position.
 
The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.
 
The successful applicant is expected to take responsibility for and provide academic leadership of the further development and profile of cognitive science at Aarhus University both nationally and internationally. 
 
Background and qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to cognitive science. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:
  • a record of international academic, peer-reviewed research publications at the highest international level which have contributed to developments within the field of cognitive science
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and pursue a highly innovative research programme
  • significant scholarly contributions and service to the field
  • a record of accomplishment in research management and in attracting external research funding
  • experience of participation in international research collaboration
  • participation in both national and international research networks
  • excellent teaching and supervision competences and extensive experience at all levels
  • excellent competences in and commitment to supervision and career development of junior researchers (PhD students, postdoc students and assistant professors) and the development of PhD courses
  • significant accomplishments with knowledge exchange
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
  • research and teaching in experimental and statistical methods and/or computational and mathematical modelling of cognition
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years and to state how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research developments within the field.
 
Please note that applications which do not include documentation of publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.
 
The application must be submitted in English.
 
Work environment
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.
 
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 basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of establishing one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries. 
 
The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics, the School of Communication and Culture and Aarhus University 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 about the position, please contact the head of department for LICS, Joshua Skewes: filjcs@cc.au.dk
 
For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal hsi@au.dk
 
Academic environment
The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics is one of nine departments at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research programmes and academic departments across a variety of fields: literature, information and media science, linguistics and cognitive science, Scandinavian studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as arts and aesthetics. 
 
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Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

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.

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: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_december_2017.pdf

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Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

11.02.2019
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