Aarhus University job ad: Cognition, Communication & Culture (Denmark)

Professorship in Cognition, Communication and Culture

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent professorship in the field of cognition, communication and culture. The position, which is a joint appointment, divided between the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Health (50% for each institution), is available from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position
The professorship is offered with a view to attracting an established scholar with a strong record of excellence in research and education, as well as documented experience in research leadership and securing research funding. The successful applicant, who is likely to have a background in anthropology or a related humanities or social science discipline, as well as extensive experience and competence in cognitive (neuro-) science, is expected to play a key role in the continued development of the interdisciplinary field of cognition, communication and culture, and to serve as director of the Interacting Minds Centre. The future professor will be based at the Interacting Minds Centre and will contribute to core activities at Aarhus University in general and to the interdisciplinary field of cognition, communication and culture in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Research
We are looking to appoint an applicant with a strong, documented international record of research, teaching and research leadership in the interdisciplinary field of cognition, communication and culture.

Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the field of cognition, communication and culture, and in particular to interdisciplinary research and teaching bridging the humanities and cognitive (neuro-) sciences. The vision must include a description of the applicant’s current national and international collaborations and how these will benefit the existing academic environment at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Health.

Education
Applicants should be prepared to teach as well as to contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision degree programmes at all levels in cognitive sciences. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society and the Faculty of Health.

Talent development
The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the recruitment and development of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students, as well as teaching and developing PhD courses in relevant fields at the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Arts.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with stakeholders in civil society or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of School Bjarke Paarup.

Qualifications
Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of cognition, communication and culture, and in particular to interdisciplinary research and teaching bridging the humanities and cognitive (neuro-) sciences.

Applicants must be able to document:
– Academic publications at the highest international level in the field of cognition, communication and culture.
– Ethnographic fieldwork experience.
– Experience of experimental research, especially in cognitive (neuro-) sciences.
– Active participation in international research collaborations and networks.
– Extensive experience of research leadership, including securing and administering external funding.
– Strong teaching competences and experience of supervision at all levels.
– Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development and the development of PhD courses.

Applicants must be able to teach in English at university level. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, s/he will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

The application must be written in English.

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn.

Research environment
The Interacting Minds Centre for the Study of Cognition, Communication and Culture: Specific abilities for interaction are a key to being human. Interactions affect our bodies, our minds, our brains and the world we live in. We are, however, only beginning to understand even the most basic mechanisms. Successful interaction is critical for cooperation, coordination and learning. When this fails, confusion and conflict abound. In many clinical disorders, interactions that otherwise seem automatic may be difficult or outright impossible.

The Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) provides a transdisciplinary platform to study human interaction. It involves researchers from the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, biology and clinical research. This is necessary, because through interactions, humans construct worlds that are at once physical, economic, symbolic and normative. We will therefore study the interplay between three related topics: cognition, communication and culture. Bringing these fields together to bridge topics related to human interaction makes the IMC a unique methodological and theoretical centre of research and inquiry.

The IMC is funded by Aarhus University in 2012-16 as part of the interdisciplinary research initiative. Funding from 2016 onwards is presently under negotiation.

The School of Culture and Society
The Interacting Minds Centre for the Study of Cognition, Communication and Culture is anchored at the School of Culture and Society, which deals with the interaction between culture and society in time and space:
– From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
– From antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
– From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
– From local questions to global challenges.

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school is closely linked to society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

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

Deadline
All applications must be made online and received by: 11.04.2016

Aarhus University is a modern, 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 44,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 830 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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