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Postdoc position with a focus on the social dynamics of science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University 1003660

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University invites applications for a three-year postdoctoral position in connection with a project on the social dynamics of science. The expected starting date for this fulltime position is December 1, 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The research project
This research project will zoom in on the implicit beliefs and preferences shaping scientific knowledge-making, and on the communication processes perpetuating national, institutional and gendered status hierarchies in science. The project will use scientometric approaches, survey experiments, natural language processing and social network analysis to answer interesting new questions about the social dynamics of scientific knowledge-making. The project is financed by a starting grant from Aarhus University’s Research Foundation and runs from 2018 to 2021. It is led by Assistant Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen.

Job description
As part of a small, interdisciplinary research group, the postdoc will help lead efforts in developing and maintaining large-scale relational databases of science-related data, designing and conducting survey experiments, and carrying out various forms of quantitative data analysis. The selected candidate will be expected to contribute substantially to publications in the research group, both as first and secondary author.
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in social science, information science, computer science or related fields. We seek applicants with strong statistical skills and experience with managing large datasets and relational databases. Familiarity with commonly used scientific scripting languages (e.g. SQL, R, and Python) and/or survey experiments will be a plus. We also seek candidates with excellent communication skills in spoken and written English, and an ability to produce state-of-the art social-science research.

In addition to a CV and proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), interested applicants should provide a motivational letter specifying how their interests, qualifications and experiences match the project’s focus on studying the social dynamics of science (max 1 page). Below you can see the other requirements to your application.

Who are we
Research at The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is broadly concerned with empirical studies related to research policy, innovation policy, and higher-education policy. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on innovation, quality in research and higher education, research funding, research integrity, gender in science, and responsible research and innovation.
For examples of current research and consultancy activities, please click here.

CFA has access to the “value-added version” of the Web of Science database hosted by CWTS, Leiden University. This database allows us to quickly retrieve metadata from millions of publications with disambiguated information on institutional affiliations, country affiliations, university and departments-rankings, emails for corresponding authors, and per-paper field-normalized citation indices. The access to this database is unique and gives us a great advantage compared to the vast majority of research teams studying communication and stratification processes in science.

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Center Director Carter Bloch (carter.bloch@ps.au.dk) and Assistant Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen (mwn@ps.au.dk) prior to submitting their application to learn more about the position.

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:

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 three 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 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.


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