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Research Assistant position in the “Dark Side of Commitment: Investigating how a Sense of Commitment can motivate and justify corrupt

Ansøgningsfrist 31. aug

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  • Institut for Virksomhedsledelse Fuglesangs Allé 4 8210 Aarhus V

  • Fuldtidsstilling ID: 6495

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The Department of Management at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 1-year Research Assistant position, with no teaching obligations, offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on Commitment and Corruption. 
The starting date is 1st of October 2021 or subject to mutual agreement.

The research project

The project is funded by AUFF and aims to advance our understanding on the role of commitment on motivating and justifying corruption. When we are committed to specific people or groups, we create bonds which lead us to neglect other people or groups. In this sense, commitments can lead to ingroup favouritism. Also, when we are committed to specific people, groups, or norms, we generate obligations that we would not otherwise have – i.e., to act in that person’s interest. These obligations provide reasons to justify actions which we may not otherwise take to be justified. In this sense, commitments can activate local norms that are in conflict with global norms. The aforementioned research questions will be tested in a series of lab, online, and field experimental studies.
The project is expected to contribute to the fields of psychology and management and will be under the supervision of Panos Mitkidis (Aarhus U & Duke U).

Job description

We are looking for a self-motivated, highly active, and productive researcher. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by being involved in all phases of the project, including formulating research questions, experimental designs, analyses, writing articles, and assisting the other researchers of the project. The position is research-oriented.


Candidates must hold an MA, preferably within one or more of the following areas: Psychology, Behavioral Economics, or another relevant field.
Other requirements, which would be advantageous but not required, include:
  • Publication experience in relevant areas
  • Experience with designing, preregistering, analysing, and reporting experimental or survey research
  • Experience with cross-cultural studies, consumer panel surveys, lab experiments, and the combination of these (multi-methods studies)
  • Knowledge and expertise in one or many of the following areas: psychology, behavioural economics, and judgment and decision making
  • Excellent research skills, including advanced statistical and methodological knowledge (experience with programming of experiments, statistical methods such as individual models of preferences or models of decision-making processes, and programming skills in R)
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, with a certified proficiency
  • Motivation to work independently as well as cooperatively in an international team

Applications, Deadline, and Further information

All applications must be submitted online before August 31, 2021.

For further information about the position and the department, please contact project leader Panos Mitkidis, email: pm@mgmt.au.dk

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Jeannette Guldborg Petersen, email: jeannette.petersen@au.dk

Who we are

The Department of Management is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the research fields of business and social sciences bringing them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top-100 university, Aarhus BSS, and specifically the Department of Management, has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and Equis accreditations.

The department’s research and teaching environment is highly international and culturally diverse with a mix of Danish and international academic staff members and PhD students. We employ more than 160 academic staff including researchers, PhD students, research associates and cover a broad range of disciplines within management, e.g., marketing, international business, organization, HR, strategy, management accounting, innovation management, entrepreneurship, project management, and information systems. We aim to conduct high-quality research, and we give high priority to publishing our research in leading academic journals and presenting it at recognised conferences. In addition, we have a dynamic exchange of international researchers, who stay at the department for short or long periods of time. 

For more information about the Department of Management, visit: http://mgmt.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: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Terms of employment

The appointment is made 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 (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure

When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
  • 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. Please use this template
  • 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.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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?

Panagiotis Mitkidis

Panagiotis Mitkidis Lektor, Institut for Virksomhedsledelse +4550407867 pm@mgmt.au.dk

Spørgsmål til ansøgning og proces?

Administrationscenter Aarhus BSS - Aarhus BSS HR & Ph.d. +4587152456 bss.hr@au.dk

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Ansøgningsfrist: tirsdag den 31. aug 2021 kl. 23:59 CEST