Aarhus Universitet

Associate professor of information studies with a focus on critical data studies and digital methods

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The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor of information studies with a focus on critical data studies and digital methods based at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies.

The appointment is full time and tenured and begins on 1 December 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. Ensuring a gender balance at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies is a high priority, and we particularly encourage women to apply for this position. However, no applicant will be given preferential treatment, and all applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications for the position in question.

The position
The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies offers a broad range of humanistic approaches to studying the relationship between humans and information technology, from the granular study of the agency of code to influencing policymaking in open and agile smart cities. Diverse and innovative methodologies are represented and encouraged in the department.

We are looking for an applicant who does research on the aesthetic, communicational, social and cultural aspects of data and data management, and who has a strong background within the field of digital methods in relation to strategies for critically collecting, analysing and interpreting both small and large datasets in the research of digitally saturated contexts.

In sum, we are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will enhance the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contributing to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Research
The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a robust research network. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary department with flourishing areas of research in interaction design, participatory design, innovation, critical data studies, science-technology-society studies and digital aesthetics and culture.

We are looking for an applicant who researches the aesthetic, communicational, social and cultural aspects of data and data management and who has a strong profile and track record in the study of methodologies, tools or frameworks related to several of the following areas:
  • the use of online and digital technologies to collect and analyse research data
  • new methods for managing, collecting and presenting data, e.g. data visualisations
  • critical analysis of the culture, use and design of digital technologies for data-driven research
  • text analysis/content analysis/text mining
The successful applicant will be expected to take a role in developing research in the field of critical data studies and digital methods. They will also be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within the field. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of critical data studies and digital methods and the research community at the department in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners, and in connection with external research funding.

Teaching and supervision
We are looking for applicants with teaching and supervision experience in the field of critical data studies and digital methods at university level.

The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes, in particular: the Bachelor’s degree programme in information studies, the Bachelor’s supplementary degree programme in critical data studies and the Master’s degree programme in information studies. Please indicate in your application which courses you could teach. The successful applicant will also be expected to apply innovative teaching methods.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the ongoing development of curricula and the degree programmes within the fields of digital design and information studies, and in this connection experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage.

Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant will be expected to teach in English as well as Danish.

Talent development
We are looking for applicants who have experience of supervising students at both BA and MA levels, and the successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both levels. The successful applicant will furthermore be expected to supervise and help develop the careers of early-career researchers, as well as to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society, and the public dissemination of knowledge.

The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.

Qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to critical data studies and digital methods, as well as teaching and research experience commensurate with that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:
  • an internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong international peer-reviewed research publication record within critical data studies and digital methods
  • experience of participation in international research projects or collaboration, as well as in national and international research networks
  • teaching and supervision competences and experience at BA and MA level, including curriculum development
  • experience of knowledge exchange
  • completion of a teacher-training programme designed for university teaching, or an equivalent qualification
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document:
  • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions
  • experience of applying for external research funding
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years, as well as stating how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research developments within the field.

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

Work environment
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. See Family and work-life balance for further information.International applicants
International applicants are encouraged to see Attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

An appointee to the position of associate professor who does not speak Danish will be required to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within approximately three years of commencing the appointment.

The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies
The place of employment is the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Helsingforsgade 14, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Prospective applicants are invited to view the department’s website.

School of Communication and Culture
The school is a part of the Faculty of Arts. You will find information about the school and its research programmes, departments, and diverse activities on its website.

Contact
For further information about the position, please contact Dr Morten Breinbjerg: (+45) 8716 1997 or email mbrein@cc.au.dk.

If you need help uploading your application or have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Arts HR support by email: hsi@au.dk.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

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/

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at https://international.au.dk/

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
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 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 17 May 2021

 

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