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)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Sociology|
|Salary||According to standard norms|
|Workplace||Danish School of Education (DPU)|
Faculty of Arts
|Contract Period||30 months|
|Starting date||Sep 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
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.
- Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
International applicants are encouraged to see https://international.au.dk/research/researcher-positions/workingconditions/ 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
Postdoctoral position: Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE)
Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)