Postdoctoral position in Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Humanities

    Postdoctoral position in Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Humanities

    Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Humanities – Postdoctoral position in the research project “Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE)”, in the Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Sociology
    – Anthropology
    – Philosophy
    – Humanities
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDanish School of Education (DPU)
    Faculty of Arts
    Aarhus University
    Working Hours37 hours/week
    Contract Period30 months
    Starting dateSep 01, 2021


    Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in early childhood and care education, education, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, or a related discipline within the humanities or social sciences.

    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.


    • theoretical and conceptual understanding and analysis of national and international ECEC contexts
    • knowledge and experience of working and researching within the humanities.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    Postdoctoral position in the research project “Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE)”, financed by the Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF Starting Grant).

    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)
    • contribute to the writing of funding applications.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click “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 Research project

    The BESSIE project aims to promote greater quality, relevance and cohesion across the early childhood education and care (ECEC) system in Denmark, ensuring that every child can flourish and reach their full potential. In recent years, international research within both the neuro and social sciences has generated solid empirical evidence of the impact of the early years on health, educational achievement and employment later in life. Consequently, investment in ECEC has received an increasingly pivotal position on policy agendas all around the world. Supporting high-quality ECEC services has become an urgent priority – not only in terms of rights and values, but also to ensure social and economic well-being.
    In Denmark, where 95% of children attend an ECEC institution, the sector is traditionally vested with very high expectations. There is a pressing demand from both policymakers and stakeholders for more effective ECEC services, posing new and urgent research questions about how the need for affordable childcare can be effectively harmonised with high-quality education for all young children. Investigating the effectiveness of ECEC represents a considerable challenge, as designing and implementing high-quality ECEC services implies examining different disciplinary paradigms, organisational models and economic choices that relate to structural conditions as well as sociocultural variables. Furthermore, government initiatives in this sector are scattered across various institutional bodies at the national and local level, which traditionally focus on isolated problems and programmes. In this regard, recent international comparative research provides a new conceptual framework supported by theory of change, according to which positive and lasting outcomes of ECEC can be ensured by reframing services as a comprehensive system based on four main dimensions: quality, equity, efficiency and sustainability.

    With this framework as a jumping-off point, this research project will help define and operationalise the above-mentioned dimensions through the development of evidence-based indicators and strategies promoting high-quality ECEC services at the national level and enabling systematic international comparison.

    About the Department

    The postdoc will be part of the project team. In connection with the project, the postdoc will help carry out a cross-country analysis of ECEC systems and policies to identify the essential indicators and strategies favouring the development of high-quality ECEC services. Moreover, the postdoc will contribute to the analysis of available sources to acquire a detailed overview of the evolution and current status of ECEC services in Denmark. Finally, leveraging the system of indicators and strategies as applied to the Danish case, the postdoc will help develop guidelines aimed at improving the effectiveness of the Danish ECEC system and policies.

    Depending on the academic background and previous research experience of the successful applicant, the postdoc contribution to the project will be oriented to the use of quantitative and qualitative methods addressed to achieve a systematic meta-review of literature, develop a case description, and conduct and analyse interviews with key informants.


    International applicants

    International applicants are encouraged to see 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.


    Fabio Dovigo Professor, Danish School of Education – Educational Psychology, Emdrup
    Phone: +4593521670

    Official advertisement

    Postdoctoral position: Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE)

    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)