Postdoctoral fellowship in Educational Studies, Aarhus University

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Educational Studies, Aarhus University

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Educational Studies “Intervention as practice-based professional learning in daycare“, in the Department of Educational Studies at the Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 12, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    Postdoctoral fellowship

    No. of Position(s)


    Research area

    • Anthropology
    • Professional development,
    • Educational studies
    • Organisational studies


    According to Standard Norms


    DPU Campus Copenhagen

    Contract period

    1 Jun 2021 – 28 Feb 2023


    Professor Bente Jensen
    Professor, Danish School of Education – Education Studies, Emdrup
    Phone: +4522119726


    Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in anthropology and studies within the fields of ECEC, professional development, education, organisational studies or related social sciences.


    Most importantly, applicants must be able to document a relevant, international, high-quality research profile, including experience of international publication and research dissemination within this research field.

    The successful applicant must also document:

    • proven skills in qualitative research methods and data analysis
    • experience of working with ethnographic fieldwork
    • experience of interdisciplinary collaboration
    • the ability to collaborate in research teams
    • the ability to initiate relevant activities in an academic environment.

    It is an advantage if the applicant can also document experience of the design, implementation and analysis of ECEC professional development within new innovative approaches with the focus on organisational learning and change, and knowledge and experience of the use of innovative and/or creative methods to study and contribute to the field.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click APPLY ONLINE mentioned above.

    Documents required

    The application must outline the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, attaching

    • A curriculum vitae
    • A complete list of published works
    • Copies of degree certificates and examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    The postdoctoral position focuses on the qualitative element of the project. The postdoc will be part of a research team. The primary task of the postdoc project will be to develop new methodological approaches to studying aspects of intervention and implementation, taking into account practitioners’ experiences and learning processes, collaboration and organisational relationships, and including a focus on situated work practices. This should investigate the combination of reflective practice and situated learning processes (practice theory (e.g., Nicolini, Schatzki), especially the literature on communities of practice (e.g., Lave & Wenger), and/or change theory (e.g., change laboratories (Engeström), translation theory (Røvik)).

    The postdoc will be responsible for ethnographic studies in three of the 11 municipalities involved, focusing on the substantial changes (in practice-based professional development/the role of management, leadership and learning) occurring during the implementation period, which started in the municipalities in August 2020. The aim of this minor study is to elaborate and contextualise the analysis to challenge conceptions of early childhood intervention within contemporary early childhood education and care (ECEC) research and policy in a national and international context. In terms of outcome, the research team (PI and postdoc) are expected to publish in international journals and present findings at relevant scientific conferences.

    The postdoc is expected to collaborate on a daily basis with the PI of the project and other collaborators connected to the research group and TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research.

    International applicants

    International applicants are encouraged to read Attractive working conditions ( for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

    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. Please see Family and work-life balance ( further information.


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    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday April 13th, 2021 (GMT+9)