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Associate Professor in Information Science

At the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Faculty of Humanities, a position as Associate Professor in Information Science is open for appointment whose work will complement and extend the existing expertise within logic and formalisation. The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: in the field of logic and argumentation, the philosophy and history of logic (in particular in relation to time and modality), categorization, formalisation, formal ontology including the use of digital technologies for the implementation of it and ethical aspects of ICT. The position is open for appointment as of 1<sup>st</sup> August 2019.

Job description

During their employment as an assistant professor, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Deliver high quality teaching, supervision, and associated examination, as required across the range of modules offered on the Communication and Digital Media programme including the modules information science and information architecture
  • Undertake research and publish research outputs of an internationally recognized quality
  • Engage in external research networks and collaborations
  • Engage with external organisations to enhance research in logic and formalisation
  • Participate positively and fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department of Communication and Psychology

Candidates for this position must have submitted, and preferably completed, a doctorate in a relevant field.

In terms of research, the position is aimed at candidates who, through research at an international level in the area of formalization and logic, have conducted studies of:

  • Temporal and modal logic as seen in a broad historical and philosophical context – in particular approaches inspired by the thoughts of A.N. Prior
  • Systematic and formal representation of argumentation
  • Conceptual structures as well as formal ontology and its implementation 

In relation to research, applicants should document:

  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to produce high quality research outputs and publish in international journals
  • a personal research plan which is consistent with the Department of Communication and Psychology research strategy and demonstrates the potential to develop new research projects
  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to develop external and/or international networks and collaborations
  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to engage in activities with actors outside academia to enhance the impact of research
  • Experience in applying for external funding. Successful applications for external funding is not a prerequisite, but is considered an advantage. 

In relation to teaching, applicants should document:

  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to deliver high quality teaching on logic and formalisation, using a range of pedagogical approaches including problem based learning, project supervision, group work, interactive seminars and lectures
  • their ability to teach, and assess written and oral performances, in English.

In relation to general competences, applicants should also:

  • document experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to workand research group, and foster a positive and collegial working environment
  • collaboratively with colleagues, participate fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department
  • demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.

The successful candidate will primarily be affiliated with the knowledge resource group Natural and Formal Languages which conducts research within the following main areas:

  • Systematization, digitalization and exploration of a significant collection of documents regarding A.N. Priors ideas on logic, time, modality and ethics. The collection is presented as the system ”The Virtual Lab for Prior Studies”.
  • The exploration of temporal and modal logic and its potential for description and understanding of specific problems. 

Applicants should be able to work together with others and be capable of creating and sustaining relations with other researchers in an international research environment. Both national and international research networks will be advantageous. Applicants need to be willing to participate actively in all aspects of daily work in the Department. More information about the research profile of the Department can be found here: http://www.kommunikation.aau.dk 

Associate professorship
An appointment as associate professor is a permanent appointment which includes an obligation to carry out research and teaching activities. To some extent, additional tasks may be defined by the University.

Applicants for the associate professorship are required to possess research qualifications at such a level as can be attained through the successful completion of a term of employment as assistant professor, researcher, postdoc or other similar positions. Applicants must document research at an international level. In addition, applicants are assumed to have received supervision and pedagogical skills development and to have obtained a positive written assessment of their teaching qualifications.

The application must contain the following:

  • Your CV
  • A complete publication list specifying publication types (monographs, co-authored publications, journals, etc.). All attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment must be clearly indicated in the list. No more than ten publications may be attached.
  • In case you attach joint publications, a co-author statement must be enclosed specifying your contribution to the joint work. The co-author statement must be signed by at least one of the co-authors Template co-author declaration, at the bottom of this page
  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications (Guide, at the bottom of this page)
  • Copies of your degree certificates (including Master’s and PhD certificates) 

Applicants will be assessed by an expert assessment committee. Applicants may subsequently be invited to an interview and/or asked to give a trial lecture.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Any enquiries about the position may be addressed to Head of Department Mikael Vetner, email vetner@hum.aau.dk, telephone (+45) 9940 7263, or Knowledge group leader Peter Øhrstrøm, email poe@hum.aau.dk , telephone (+45) 9940 9048. 

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email hs-hr@adm.aau.dk.
Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English.

Expectations for a scientific employee can be foundhere


Employment will be in accordance with the stipulations of the Danish Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (The Appointment Order), and the Danish Ministry of Finance's current circular on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and remuneration will be in accordance with the collective agreements for academics employed by the Danish state.

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