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Two-Year Postdoctoral Position: Reducing Inequality in Access to Higher Education

Institut for Uddannelse og Pædagogik, AU



The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the research project “Reducing Inequality in Access to Higher Education: An Intervention Study” financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The position is full-time (37 hours/week). It is expected to begin on 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter and ends on 30 September 2022.

The position is located at DPU, Campus Aarhus.

The Danish School of Education is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

Research context
Previous research has shown that, in Denmark, like in most other countries, social background plays a significant role in terms of studying at university as opposed to lower levels of tertiary education – even when taking students’ previous academic achievement into account. The objective of the project is to find out which measures and initiatives can reduce social inequality at the transition from upper secondary education to higher education.

The position
The primary task of the postdoc will be to analyse data from a large-scale intervention developed to reduce social inequality in access to higher education programmes in Denmark, which was implemented in spring 2020. The postdoc will be part of the project team.

The intervention study was designed to address potential academic and social challenges that might prevent less privileged upper secondary (gymnasium) students from choosing to study at university. Part of the project also examines the effect of so-called text-message (SMS) nudges at the transition to higher education. In order to test the effectiveness of the intervention, data from the Danish Coordinated Admission system (KOT) will be analysed in addition to register data on student enrolment from Statistics Denmark. Post-intervention survey data will also be analysed. The postdoctoral project should be thematically situated in the field of research on educational inequality and intervention implementation/evaluation and draw primarily on register data from Statistics Denmark.

Applicants are encouraged to write to project leader David Reimer (dare@edu.au.dk) in order to receive the full project description.

The postdoc is expected to:

  • develop an independent research agenda related to the project topic
  • collaborate with the other project members
  • exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and contribute actively to the public debate in areas related to the position.

The application must include a two-three-page proposal for a postdoctoral research project that fits into the overall project.

Qualifications
Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in sociology, education or related 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:

  • experience working with large-scale datasets (such as the Danish administrative registers)
  • experience with the design, implementation and analysis of student survey studies
  • proven skills in quantitative research methods and data analysis

Given the nature of the project’s empirical work, basic Danish language skills will be advantageous but are not strictly required.

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum five) will not be considered.
The application must be submitted in English.

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. See Family and work-life balance for further information.

International applicant?
International applicants are encouraged to see 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.

Research environment
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.

Please contact Professor (mso) David Reimer, dare@edu.au.dk for more information regarding the position.

Note that the Danish School of Education is located in both Copenhagen and Aarhus. Visit the Danish School of Education’s website: http://edu.au.dk/en/. The position is based at DPU Campus Aarhus.

For questions about working at Aarhus University, visit http://talent.au.dk/working-at-aarhus-university/

For questions about relocating to Denmark, visit http://ias.au.dk/international-academic-staff-ias/

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

  • 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.
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a 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.

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

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction withsociety.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Spørgsmål til stillingen?
David Reimer Professor MSO, DPU - Danmarks institut for Pædagogik og Uddannelse - Pædagogisk Sociologi, Aarhus +4587163935 dare@edu.au.dk

Spørgsmål til ansøgning og proces?
Administrationscenter Arts - HR, AR, Emdrup +4587151757 emply.ar.hr@au.dk

Søg stillingen Ansøgningsfrist: fredag den 31. jul 2020 kl. 23:59 CEST

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