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Postdoctoral Position: Geographies of Internationalisation

Institut for Uddannelse og Pædagogik, AU

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The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the research project “Geographies of Internationalisation: How does internationalisation affect the perception of quality, relevance and learning in higher education?” financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The position is full-time (37 hours/week). It is expected to begin on 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter and to end 16 months later on 30 April 2022.

The position is located at DPU, Campus Copenhagen.

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

Research context
Using a spatial approach, the project aims to explore how internationalisation affects the perception of quality, relevance and learning in higher education and how these perceptions travel with mobile students and academics. We explore six common instruments used for internationalisation: Inbound Mobility, Outbound Mobility, English as a medium of instruction, International Specialisation, Internationalisation at Home, and Mobility of Researchers. First, we examine these instruments individually. We ask what becomes "the right knowledge" when teaching in English, who “the good student" is when you have students from all over the world, and how it affects pedagogy when educators travel in search of inspiration. Next, we look across the instruments to investigate how internationalisation of higher education affects what comes to count as quality, relevance and learning.

The position
The postdoc will be part of the project team. The primary task of the postdoc will be to conduct fieldwork and analyse the two instruments Inbound Mobility and English Medium Instruction (EMI) using a spatial approach. The two instruments are difficult to separate and are therefore included in the same work package. Depending on the academic background of the applicant, there can be more emphasis on one of the instruments. The work package examines how language and international students relate to ideas about quality, relevance and learning across selected higher education programmes. Inspired by spatial and mobility theories, it studies discourses and practices of internationalisation, pedagogical settings and approaches, and negotiations of being ‘a good international student’. Furthermore, it studies how international students are constructed as contributors to internationalisation in Danish higher education.

The postdoc can also contribute to other work packages, such as the package that explores the mobility of international staff.

The project started on 1 August 2019. Further information about Geographies of Internationalisation, a short project description, and its project members can be found here: https://projects.au.dk/geoint/

Applicants are encouraged to write to principal investigator Hanne Kirstine Adriansen hka@edu.au.dk for a full project description and further information about the current status of the project.

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.

The application must include a 3-5-page proposal for a postdoctoral research project about Inbound Mobility and English Medium Instruction. The project must be able to be conducted within a 16-month period and to fit into the overall project.

Qualifications
Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in geography, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, education 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.

The successful applicant must also document:

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

It is an advantage if the applicant can also document:

  • experience with the design, implementation and analysis of surveys
  • knowledge of and experience with the use of spatial and/or creative methods

Given the nature of the project’s empirical work, basic Danish or other Scandinavian language skills will be advantageous but are not 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 https://international.au.dk/life/lifeindenmark/familyworklife/ for further information.

International applicant?
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.

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 Associate Professor Hanne Kirstine Adriansen, hka@edu.au.dk for more information regarding the position.

Note that the Danish School of Education is located in both Copenhagen and Aarhus. The position is based at DPU Campus Copenhagen.

Visit the Danish School of Education’s website: http://edu.au.dk/en/.

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

For questions about relocating to Denmark, visit http://ias.au.dk/international-academicstaff-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 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?
Hanne Kirstine Adriansen Lektor, DPU - Danmarks institut for Pædagogik og Uddannelse - Pædagogisk Antropologi, Emdrup +4587163892 hka@edu.au.dk

Spørgsmål til ansøgning og proces?
Administrationscenter Arts - HR, AR, Emdrup +4587151737 emply.ar.hr@au.dk

Søg stillingen Ansøgningsfrist: torsdag den 1. okt 2020 kl. 23:59 CEST

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