Scientific Positions

Senior researcher position at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy 975522

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a senior researcher position. The senior researcher position is a full-time and permanent position starting on September 2018 or as soon as possible subject to mutual agreement.

Research at CFA is broadly concerned with research -, innovation -, and higher education policy with emphasis on empirical studies. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on quality in research and higher education, measurement and contextualization of research performance and impact, research funding, innovation policy, research integrity, gender equality in science, responsible research and innovation (RRI), quantitative studies of science, and development of indicators for research, innovation, and higher education.

In addition to research activities, CFA contributes to broader knowledge sharing and capacity building related to research -, innovation -, and higher education policy by providing research-based advice to public authorities. CFA performs commissioned evaluations, analyses and impact studies at Danish, Nordic, and European level, thus contributing to evidence-based policy making. For examples of current research and consultancy activities, click to www.cfa.au.dk.

Job description

The successful applicant is expected to contribute significantly to the research environment at CFA. The primary tasks are research (including the obligation of publication/scientific communication) as well as research-based public sector consultancy.  Responsibilities include acquiring and leading research projects and commissioned studies, collegial supervision, student guidance, academic assessment work, and carrying out teaching activities to a limited extent.

Qualifications
Applicants must possess research qualifications corresponding to those obtained after successful completion of a period of employment as an assistant professor, but equivalent academic qualifications may also be accepted. Applicants typically have 3-8 years of research experience after completion of their PhD.

Applicants are expected to have a well-documented international research profile with emphasis on innovative contributions in high standard, peer-reviewed publications. At least three to five articles published or accepted for publication in high standard, international, peer-reviewed journals or fewer articles but also a book published with an internationally recognized publisher is expected. A significant part must have been produced after finishing the PhD degree. Emphasis will be put on recent productivity and take into account the number of years at present academic level. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to carry out independent research. An applicant is expected to have published sole-authored work and must document – through co-authorship declarations – substantial contributions to any co-authored publications.

Applicants are also expected to have some experience in research management and in research-based public sector consultancy. Experiences in performing commissioned studies and providing advice to public authorities in the area of research-, innovation-, and higher education policy carries weight.

It is required that non-Danish speakers within a short period (3 years as a maximum) acquire a reasonable knowledge of Danish. If necessary, the department will grant time off from other obligations to attend Danish courses during the first two years of employment.

Applications are invited from candidates with research profiles within the broad area of research-, innovation-, and higher education policy. While it is not a requirement, it would be considered positive if the applicant has relevant experience in:
•    Quantitative studies of research and scientific communication (including bibliometrics)
•    Analytical methods and tools for large-scale data analyses
•    Data management tools (SQL or MySQL, python, R or similar)
•    Large-scale full-text analysis / data- and text-mining

Further information
For further information about the position and the department, please contact Centre Director Niels Mejlgaard, Tel.: +45 87165895, Email: nm@ps.au.dk

If applicants need help uploading the application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Mette Fisker Præstegaard, Tel.: +45 87152497, Email: mfp@au.dk

International applicant? Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here and here.

Place of work
Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


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)
List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
Publications. Up to 5 publications can be included in the application. 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 five 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.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

18.06.2018
Please apply online here

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 40,000 students and 8,000 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 860 million Learn more at www.au.dk/en.