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Research Assistant Position on Intervention Project Exploring Danish Victim-Offender Mediation 934944

The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a fixed-term 2-year research assistant position, starting January 1st 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by a grant from TrygFonden and is part of a randomized controlled trial applying interdisciplinary and mixed-method approaches to explore two different ways of carrying out victim-offender meetings (konfliktråd) in Denmark. The position will be physically based in Copenhagen.

The research project
The aim of the research project is to compare the effects on offenders and victims of current mediations and an alternative approach known as restorative justice conferencing. A combination of surveys, observations, interviews, and register-based analyses will be used as the basis for comparison. Ultimately, the project aims to identify the mediation/restorative justice methods that are best suited to addressing victim harm and offender recidivism in the Danish context. The multidisciplinary project includes researchers from the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology at Aarhus University, and international collaborators from the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. The position is open to candidates with a range of academic backgrounds of relevance to the project (e.g., psychology, criminology, sociology, anthropology, law, human security).

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by carrying out observations of victim-offender meetings and conducting semi-structured interviews with the parties involved (in Danish). In addition, the candidate will be responsible for coordinating with the participating police districts on Zealand to document the experiment and carry out the randomization. Contributions to data analysis and publications, as well as to the ongoing development of the project will also be expected.

The position is primarily research-oriented but will also involve some teaching and/or grading responsibilities at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.  

Candidates applying for employment as a research assistant must hold a master’s degree in a relevant academic field (e.g., psychology, criminology, sociology, anthropology, law, human security). Previous experience working with police, offenders, victims and/or other vulnerable populations will be considered a major asset, as will previous experience with research management and register research.

Other requirements include:
•    Excellent communication and social skills, and ability to manage highly emotional situations
•    Strong research skills, including knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods
•    Previous experience conducting observations and/or interviews
•    Competence with basic quantitative analyses  
•    Motivation to work independently as well as cooperatively in an international team
•    High level of fluency in both Danish and English (written and spoken)
•    Ability to work flexible hours (some field work will take place on evenings/weekends)
•    Availability to work on a daily basis in and around the Copenhagen area
•    A valid driver’s license (in order to conduct fieldwork elsewhere on Zealand)
•    A clean criminal record

Who we are
The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences is one of six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the social science and business-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. Aarhus University is amongst the best universities.
At the department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, we teach and conduct research into the most significant subject areas of psychology. The department employs around 45 academic staff members and 45–50 PhD students. Our researchers have a strong tradition for collaborating with Danish as well as international researchers from many different academic fields, such as health and psychiatry,education, pedagogic, linguistics, philosophy, religious studies, management, economics and neuroscience. We also increasingly focus on expanding our research and teaching to include subject areas such as orgizational development, management and human relations.
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Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Sarah van Mastrigt, Email:  

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Mette Fisker Præstegaard, Tel.: +45 871 52497, Email: 

The application must be written in english.

Please be aware that there is also a job opening as a postdoc in connection with the project.

Qualification requirements
The qualification requirement for appointment as research assistant is a Master's degree.

Terms of employment
The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:
• Application
• Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
• Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)

In addition the following documents can be included in the application:

• List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
• Publications. Up to three publications may be submitted. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form can be used for the purpose
• Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

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


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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