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School of Communication and Culture - Information Science - Faculty: Arts

Assistant professorship/associate professorship in information studies 4424

Deadline 26 Nov

Expected start 1 Feb

  • School of Communication and Culture - Information Science Helsingforsgade 14 8200 Aarhus N

  • Full-time position ID: 4424

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The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of either assistant professor or associate professor in information studies with a focus on digital innovation and business transformation, based at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies.

The assistant professorship is a full-time, fixed-term three-year position and, subject to appropriate funding, there will be an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship.

The associate professorship is full-time and tenured.

Applicants must indicate clearly for which of the two positions they are applying.

The position begins on 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.

The position
The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies is one of the strongest academic IT environments in Europe and attracts visiting scholars and PhD students from all over the world. We focus on information technology as a feature of people’s everyday lives and futures. For more information, please see the department’s website.

We invite applicants whose research contributes to digital innovation and business transformation. The applicant’s field of research should be related to fields such as critical management studies, critical information systems studies, science and technology studies, and/or business anthropology. With regard to research methods, the applicant should have experience of qualitative and/or mixed-method approaches as related to one or more of these fields.

In sum, we are seeking an innovative and dedicated applicant who will strengthen the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Research
The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies emphasises the significance of high-quality research, interdisciplinarity, collaboration, outreach and engagement with society. Research and teaching at the department are interdisciplinary and focus on IT and organisation, design processes and the transformation of society and social life, including business life, in relation to IT and digitalisation. It is part of the research tradition at the department to conduct empirical and qualitative studies of IT and the digital and to adopt participatory and action research approaches to investigating and designing IT.

With this position, we wish to strengthen research on how innovation in IT transforms the economy as a whole as well as organisational structures and practices, business models and work practices. Accordingly, we are looking for applicants with a strong research profile and track record in researching digital innovation and business transformation within the fields of critical management studies, critical information systems studies, science and technology studies, and/or business anthropology.

If an assistant professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be expected to develop research that results in academic publications. The successful applicant will also be expected to engage in the research community at the department, which includes participating in collaborative research projects with internal and external partners and participating in applications for external research funding.

If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be expected to take a role in developing the research in the field of digital transformation. The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally and to make scholarly contributions to developments within the field. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of digital transformation and the research community at the department in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners and external research funding.

Teaching and supervision
At Aarhus University, teaching is regarded as being as important as research, and we believe it is important to consider carefully what we do as teachers and to be skilful in the practice of our profession. The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, particularly in the degree programmes in information studies, with a focus on digital transformation and innovation in/through IT, which cover both the business/economic implications and the social implications of IT. Specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to teach the course Business and IT on the Bachelor’s degree programme in information studies and Digital economy and innovation on the Master’s degree programme in information studies. Please indicate in your application which other courses you could teach.
Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant should be prepared to teach in English as well as Danish.

Assistant professorship
If an assistant professor is appointed, the successful applicant must complete Aarhus University’s teacher-training programme for assistant professors, which is especially designed for university teaching. The successful applicant will also be expected to apply innovative teaching methods and to develop supervision capabilities at both BA and MA levels.

Associate professorship
If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the ongoing development of curricula and degree programmes within the field of digital transformation, and, in this connection, experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels and to supervise and help develop the careers of early-career researchers. The successful applicant will also be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field. Applicants should be able to carry out active and engaging teaching by means of a variety of activities, practices and assignments and to display a high level of didactic and pedagogical reflection concerning university-level education.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in terms of research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society, or the public dissemination of knowledge regarding the transformation of organisations and society in relation to IT and digitalisation.

Qualifications
Assistant professorship
Applicants must have a PhD degree in or document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to digital transformation. Applicants for the assistant professorship must be able to document commensurate with a completed PhD:
  • an internationally oriented research profile in digital innovation and business transformation within the fields of critical management studies, critical information systems studies, science and technology studies, and/or business anthropology
  • relevant teaching experience at university level, including innovative teaching methods.
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
  • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institution
  • experience of participation in national and international research networks
  • a high level of didactic and pedagogical reflection and experience teaching at university level.
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years and a strategy/vision for how they will contribute to future developments within the field.
Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum five) will not be considered.

Associate professorship
Applicants must have a PhD degree in or document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to digital transformation as well as teaching and research experience equivalent to that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:
  • expertise in digital innovation and business transformation within the fields of critical management studies, critical information systems studies, science and technology studies, and/or business anthropology
  • an internationally oriented research profile within digital innovation and business transformation, as documented by strong international peer-reviewed research publications
  • relevant teaching experience at university level, including teaching and supervision competences and experience at all levels, and the use of innovative teaching methods
  • experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks.
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
  • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institution
  • a completed teacher-training programme for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching, or an equivalent qualification
  • experience contributing to applications for external research funding
  • experience of researcher talent development
  • experience of knowledge exchange.
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 that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

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 basis.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained.

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 approximately three years of commencing the appointment.

Department of Digital Design and Information Studies
The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies is a strong and multidisciplinary IT research environment that has existed since the early 1980s. We combine research in interaction design, science-technology studies and digital aesthetics. Our focus is on information technology as a feature of people’s everyday lives today and in the future. As a result, we have developed strong connections between theory and practice, and the department plays a role several national and international collaborations, attracting visiting scholars and PhD students from all over the world.

Prospective applicants are invited to view the department’s website.

School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school as well as its research programmes, departments and diverse activities on its website.

Contact
For further information about the position, please contact Dr Morten Breinbjerg: (+45) 8716 1997 or mbrein@cc.au.dk.

For more information about the application, please contact HR-supporter Mariannne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.
 
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 bagground.
Shortlists are 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

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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, 275 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 and the Danish School of Education. 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.

 

Questions about the position?

Morten Breinbjerg

Morten Breinbjerg Associate professor, School of Communication and Culture - Information Science +4587161997 mbrein@cc.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Arts Administrative Centre - Arts HR emply.ar.hr@au.dk

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Deadline: Thursday 26 Nov 2020 at 23:59 CET