Postdoctoral fellowship in Humanities, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Humanities, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Postdoctoral fellowship position in the research project “Research for impact. Integrating research and societal impact in the humanities PhD”, in the Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 10, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral fellowship
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Anthropology
    – Philosophy
    – Sociology
    – Humanities 
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDanish School of Education (DPU)
    Faculty of Arts
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period22 Months


    • Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in higher education, education, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, language studies, or a related discipline within the humanities or social sciences.
    • Ministerial regulations require that applicants must have obtained their PhD degree within the last four years


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

    The successful applicant must also document:

    • proven skills in qualitative research methods and data analysis
    • 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 applicants can also document: 

    • theoretical and conceptual understanding and analysis of higher education (with a focus on doctoral education and the PhD)
    • knowledge and experience of working and researching within the humanities.

    About Research project

    The project studies the societal value and impact of doctoral education within the humanities across policy-making, institutional leadership, research environments and individual (current and former) doctoral students. Earlier research has mainly focused on only one of these levels at a time, whereby the mutual influence and entanglement of the levels has been underresearched. The fact that the project researches across levels focusing on the interconnections between them means that a more comprehensive and complementary understanding of doctoral education within the humanities becomes possible. To develop the right theoretical and methodological approaches and designs for such a study will most certainly be one of the biggest challenges of the project. One of the main project aims is that the connection and cohesion between research and society should become stronger and mutually fruitful, as well as ensuring a stronger mutual influence between universities, institutions of higher education, research environments and society as a whole. Furthermore, the project aims to ensure that research within the humanities is initiated and integrated widely within society as well as within institutions, organisations and companies, but that it is also strongly anchored in universities, and that researcher education within the humanities will play a central role in that regard.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The postdoc will be part of the project team. The primary task of the postdoc will be to identify, recruit and interview leading researchers within the humanities across Danish universities about the societal and cultural meaning, purpose, value and impact of a PhD in the humanities. The group of potential interviewees in the research project may include research programme directors, doctoral supervisors, leaders of research teams or groups, and other influential researchers within the humanities. The postdoc will be the main driver of work package two (the project consists of three work packages), and will collaborate with the PI and co-investigators on the project (see the project webstite link below). Work package two focuses on the understanding of knowledge creation and dissemination, research practices and cultures, doctoral education, and the societal impact of the PhD within the humanities at Danish universities. Depending on the academic background of the applicant, there may be more emphasis on some research instruments than others (e.g. qualitative research and analysis, discourse analysis, analysis based on phenomenology, hermeneutics, or critical realism, text analysis, or rhetorical analysis). The work package examines how experienced and leading senior researchers within the humanities understand, reflect and articulate the societal meaning, value and impact of a PhD in the humanities, and how they implement such understandings in their own practices as researchers, research leaders and doctoral supervisors.

    The postdoc is expected to:

    • develop an independent research agenda related to the project topic
    • collaborate and co-author articles with the other project members
    • initiate and organise activities with the project group, affiliated students and the academic world at large (co-organise and participate in research conferences, seminars and webinars as well as related activities).

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

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

    • Curriculum vitae
    • A teaching portfolio
    • 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.

    About the Department

    The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University is the largest centre for research and teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning in Denmark, with approximately 250 full-time researchers, including 80 PhD students, and approximately 5,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students.

    The department’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinary and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.



    Associate professor Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen

    Arts Administrative Centre – HR, AR, Emdrup
    Phone: +4587151737

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    Postdoctoral position Research for impact Integrating research and societal impact in the humanities PhD

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 11th, 2021 (GMT+9)