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Professor in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning one or more positions as Professor in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education at the Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering, Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO (the Aalborg PBL Centre) are open for appointment from 1 November 2020 or soon thereafter.The position will be based in Aalborg. The Aalborg PBL Centre is a core actor in this development and will have responsibilities for research and contribution to development of the Aalborg PBL models. The Aalborg PBL Centre is an interdisciplinary organisation that facilitates bridge-building between disciplines and educational sciences. Furthermore, the Aalborg PBL Centre aims to enhance the international leadership in the transition to more innovative and student-centred approaches in engineering and science education and intends to increase the international research collaboration and outreach activities such as international consultancy and training for academic staff. The Aalborg PBL Centre is located at the Department of Planning which conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social-sciences aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international and educational dimensions.

Job description

The main research area will be within the field of Problem Based Learning (PBL) in engineering and science education in a higher education perspective. The position(s) will be at the Aalborg PBL Centre. The professor will be working in and co-managing an interdisciplinary team of researchers, who is committed to the vision and mission of the Centre and who works in a broader STEM perspective (http://www.ucpbl.net/about/vision-mission/).

The professor is required to further develop the research and strategies for teaching and outreach activities of the Aalborg PBL Centre. This particularly includes further development of the academic field as well as establishment of external funding of research and relevant activities in collaboration with the rest of the group.

The applicants should demonstrate research experience within the field of PBL in engineering and science in higher education related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Digitalised learning and the role of emerging technologies
  • Management of curriculum change in engineering and science institutions
  • PBL competences and professional practice

Teaching will be related to PBL including PhD supervision and PhD courses, development of courses, workshops and consultancy offered at all Engineering and Science programmes at Aalborg University at different levels of study, as well as staff training internally at AAU and externally in the Master of Problem Based Learning, the Aalborg Centre certificate programme or in tailor made training courses by request. Teaching experience from a PBL environment is an advantage.

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Anette Kolmos +45 9940 8307, ak@plan.aau.dk

For more information about the department.

Qualification requirements:
The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate’s undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered in the overall assessment. 

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

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

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7553.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here:  

Aalborg University provides world-class research and education. For the third year in a row we have placed Europe's best and the world's fourth best engineering university on the list of "Best Global Universities" published by the U.S. News & World Report. Our research and educations are multidisciplinary and build on close collaborations with business and industry. This also comes from our world-renowned PBL teaching model, which is based on solving the problems of reality. These collaborations and our acknowledged research contribute new insights, new solutions to societal challenges and knowledge that are changing the world. More than 20,000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, of which over 10% are international students from various countries worldwide. To serve them, we have 3500 employees, divided between Aalborg University's main campus in Aalborg and our departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg.


Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given. 

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