Full professorship in Anthropology and/or Science and Technology Studies with a focus on the value and ethics of data and digital technologies at IT University of Copenhagen

Full professorship in Anthropology and/or Science and Technology Studies with a focus on the value and ethics of data and digital technologies at IT University of Copenhagen
  • IT-Universitetet i København
  • Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 København S
The Business IT Department at the IT University of Copenhagen invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of full professor. The proposed starting date is January 2025 or soon thereafter.

The IT University’s vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to ground-breaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The Business IT Department is committed to high quality, business-relevant educational programmes that result in employment for our competent and independent graduates and delivers relevant research-based knowledge to IT managers in the public and private sectors through our professional part-time programme.

The candidate
The ideal candidates will have a PhD and a well-developed background in the fields of anthropology and/or science and technology studies. The desirable specialization is one that can conduct ethnographically based research focusing on the valuation practices and ethics associated with data or digital technologies, and with the societal debates about (desired) technological futures.

Preferences is given to candidates who will develop a research and teaching agenda in the following areas or at their intersections:

  • Technological values and ethics. Their work should illuminate how data and technologies are valued and in turn engender new valuations. This especially relates to how aspects of norms, ethics and morality figure in the design and use of IT and/or data, including issues of agency, trust, responsibility, transparency, and accountability in different institutional and cultural settings.

  • Governance of technological change. Their work should interrogate the social license of IT - and technologies more broadly – in society, including research into IT policies, the role of the state, and the definitions and/or the roles of experts and expertise in shaping technological dimensions of compliance, interventions, expectations, and futures.

  • Development of multimodal methods and critical pedagogy. Their work should display the capacity to innovate and experiment with research methods in interdisciplinary settings for the purposes of – for example – deepening the understanding of values and ethics in data and IT, constructing meaningful interventions in valuation practices focused on technologies, and furthering public engagement – for example of marginal or disempowered voices – in societal discussions about expected, desired or ‘good’ technological futures.

The ideal applicant can work with both basic and applied research approaches and is experienced with interdisciplinary work.

Job description
The selected candidate is expected to contribute to research and education, to work strategically in research, research funding, and organization of research, and mentor junior faculty and postdocs in the applied-for area. Moreover, the candidate is expected to attract external research funding and to build external collaboration in joint research projects, also with partners outside of academia.

About the Business IT Department
Business IT is organized in three interdisciplinary research groups Technologies in Practice (TiP), Information Systems and Digital Innovation (ISDI) and REFLACT. The groups share an interest in the socio-technical fabric of digitalization and digital transformation and comprise more than 30 assistant, associate, and full professors. Research at Business IT provides basis for reflecting on how digital technologies may be used mindfully and beneficially in the private and public sector. Business IT offers a BSc in Global Business Informatics, a MSc in Digital Innovation & Management, and a professional part-time master programme in IT management. It hosts three research centers Center for Digital Welfare, Center for Climate IT and European Blockchain Center in addition to two academic labs ETHOS lab and BUILD lab.

The three research groups – TiP, REFLACT and ISDI – strive to deliver world-class research within innovation and process models, information infrastructure, digital democracy, digital change management, public digitization and cybersecurity, climate IT, as well as business and management. Being in line with the contemporary societal challenge of how data and digital technologies are increasingly prompting discussions of ethics and accountability, the Business IT Department wishes to build up expertise about the multiplicity of ways that data, digital technologies, and technological change is inscribed with value(s) through the ways they are imagined, designed, produced, governed as well as researched. This includes a focus on the democratic and societal implications and orientations toward technological futures that different data forms and technologies engender, and the multimodal methods and critical pedagogies needed to study them.

General information
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

Working at the IT University
Located in modern architecture, a 6-minute metro ride from the center of Copenhagen, the IT University offers an informal working environment, a varied everyday life, and a highly motivated, ambitious, competent, and diverse international faculty, with PhD degrees from 17 different countries. The IT University is an equal opportunity employer and prides itself in actively and successfully pursuing an improved gender balance among students and among faculty.

Working in Copenhagen
Copenhagen has a solid educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Copenhagen is among the world’s most livable cities according to the Economist Global Liveability Index. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

Salary and terms of employment
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and job structure for academic staff at universities.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant is expected to have experience of delivering excellent results regarding:

  • Research and publications in well-respected international venues

  • Education and curriculum development

  • Outreach outside academia, e.g. to industry, other organizations, or the public

  • PhD supervision

  • Mentoring of junior colleagues

  • Research management/university administration

  • Attracting external funding

  • Read/speak a Scandinavian language or be willing to learn

The applicant must document results in all these directions. Records need to reflect that the applicant is both internationally recognized and has had an impact outside their peer community, for instance in interdisciplinary conversations.

Records need to reflect the applicant's international acclaim and their influence extending to non-peer-related communities, such as interdisciplinary forums.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Develop education and teaching at the university

  • Lead the development of a research field focusing on ethics and values related to data and/or digital technologies, and develop this as a research agenda at the ITU

  • Lead cooperation with external partners

  • Create a pipeline of external research funding

  • Develop relations to external partners, to business, government and society at large

The application should document the applicant's background and previous experience with respect to the responsibilities listed above.

The application should also state any additional qualities that the candidate may possess, such as advanced communication skills, leadership skills in diverse environments, and the like.

The application and all other documents ought to be in English and must include:

  • A motivated application (cover letter), including a detailed description of your qualifications and brief statements of research and teaching plans that relates to the criteria in ITU´s Competency Development Profile (https://en.itu.dk/About-ITU/Vacancies/Faculty-Competence-profiles)

  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background

  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.)

  • A short plan outlining and arguing for the intended research and teaching initiatives and engagements (2-3 A4 pages)

  • A memorandum stating your most important scientific work relevant to the position and your contribution to such work (2-3 A4 pages)

  • Copies of max. 5-10 different publications or other research contributions at a high international level in well-respected peer reviewed venues that are relevant for the applicant’s field (the publications should be numbered)

  • Information indicating experience and results in Ph.D. supervision, research management, fundraising and research cooperation

  • Documentation of pedagogical training and experience along with a teaching record relevant for the position. The teaching record should at least for each course include your official responsibility, the size of the course, the academic level, and the number of students. Include max. 5 course descriptions to document the experience.

  • A record of contributing to the goals of the institutions in which the candidate has worked, for example participation in committees, etc.

Recognizing the diversity of traditions, methods and delivery format in the range of fields included in this call, the publications or other documented research contributions should be submitted in the format relevant for the applicant’s field. All application materials are to be submitted through the online application portal in the format of pdf documents.

Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Further information
Questions about the positions can be directed to Head of Department, Lene Pries-Heje, IT University of Copenhagen, lpries@itu.dk or tel. 7218 5362. Questions related to the application procedure may be directed to HR, hr@itu.dk.

Application procedure
You can apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pressing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website: http://en.itu.dk/About-ITU/Vacancies

Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

The IT University uses tests in connection with the recruitment process and we might upon request in the interview process contact 1-2 references.

Application deadline: 1 June 2024, at 23:59 CEST.

Applications/enclosures received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you apply, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline, so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

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