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Postdoc/Assistant professor position within the research project "A Sense of Belonging: Cultural Copying as a Basis for Group Rights?" at Department of Political Science

Published 14 Feb

Deadline 30 Apr

Expected start 1 Sep

  • Department of Political Science Bartholins Allé 7 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Sep 2020 - 31 Aug 2022 ID: 2805

The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral/assistant professor position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project entitled "A Sense of Belonging: Cultural Copying as a Basis for Group Rights?".

The starting date is 1 September 2020 or subject to mutual agreement.

The research project
The project aims to bring together work on social and human kinds with political philosophy of group and minority rights to address questions about the justifications of group rights and about which groups can have a special moral status. For more information about the project see here.

Job description 
We are looking for a highly motivated researcher who will work on the project led by Marion Godman (PI) in collaboration with Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus University) and Nils Holtug (Copenhagen University). The post is funded by 5,7 million DKK grant from the Independent Danish Research Fund (Sapere Aude Research Leader scheme) and hosted at the department of Political Science at Aarhus university. 

The successful candidate will work closely with Godman, Holtug and Lippert-Rasmussen as well as with colleagues in the newly established Center for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination (CEPDISC) that opens in August 2020 (running until 2026). As part of the research, the successful applicant will therefore also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities in CEPDISC and at the Political Science department. The candidate may also undertake a small amount of teaching (equivalent to one course per year). The candidate is expected to conduct independent research and attend all project meetings. There is generous funding for conference presentations and research visits.

Your qualifications 
Eligible candidates must have:
•    A PhD in philosophy, political science, law or another discipline related to the project (or completion by the beginning of the appointment)
•    Experience in independent research
•    Experience with collaborating and working together with others in a team
•    An excellent command of spoken and written English
•    A compelling and relevant research proposal

It is desirable if candidates have:
•    Have pursued research directly relevant to the research project (e.g. multiculturalism, group rights, gender, race, or ethnicity as kinds)
•    Proven experience of publishing high-quality research articles commensurate with career stage

Interested candidates should provide a short research proposal (max. 2 pages), outlining potential avenues for research related to the overall project. Please see the section below about application procedure for the further requirements for the application. 

Further information
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Assistant Professor Marion Godman per email: m.godman@ps.au.dk prior to submitting their application to learn more about the post.

If applicants need help uploading the application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel: +45 8715 3631, email aak@au.dk 

Who we are 
The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS – and specifically the Department of Political Science – has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations. 

At the Department of Political Science, we emphasise a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 40 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment. The research carried out at the department not only covers a variety of political science disciplines, but also represents a variety of methodological approaches. This not only enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear on the national and international political arenas, but also allows us to contribute actively to the development of the discipline. We also emphasise communicating our research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general. 

For more information about the Department of Political Science, please click here

Place of work 
Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé 7, DK - 8000 Aarhus C 
International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  • Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

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

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?

Marion Kathe Godman

Marion Kathe Godman Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science +4587165727 m.godman@ps.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4587153631 bss.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Thursday 30 Apr 2020 at 23:59 CEST