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Associate Professor in Cognitive Developmental Psychology and Digital Media

At the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Faculty of Humanities, a position as Associate Professor is open to be filled from the 1st of August 2021. The research of the candidate is expected to be complementary to and to extend on the existing knowledge within the areas of children and young people’s social cognitive development, mental health and in relation to the area of digital media (gaming). The candidate will conduct research and teaching in the following areas: typical and atypical emotional development and how digital media and gaming affects the development and well-being of children and young children.

Job description

The position is a permanent full time position and includes research and teaching obligations.

During employment as an associate professor, the candidate will be expected to:

  • Deliver high quality teaching, supervision, and evaluations (examinations), as required across the range of modules offered on the Psychology programme including the modules developmental psychology, quantitative research design and methods, statistics and mental health.
  • Undertake research and publish research outputs of an internationally recognized quality.
  • Engage in external research networks and collaborations.
  • Engage with external organisations to enhance the area of cognitive developmental psychology, emotional development and digital media.
  • Participate positively and fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department of Communication and Psychology.

In terms of research, the position includes research at an international level in emotional development, mental health and digital media and applicants are expected to have research experience in at least two of the following areas:  

  • Social Cognitive Development in children and young people.
  • Mental Health in children and young people.
  • The relationship between digital media (gaming) and emotional and mental well-being. 

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

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 with external funding is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

In relation to teaching, applicants should document:

  • experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to deliver high quality teaching on the area of developmental psychology and quantitative research design, methods and statistics, 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 Danish.

In relation to general competences, applicants should also:

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

Aalborg University works with a problem-based learning approach (PBL) and documented experience with this learning approach will be welcomed but is not a prerequisite.

The successful candidate will primarily be affiliated with the knowledge group CeDAPS (Center for Developmental & Applied Psychological Science), which conducts research within the following main areas:

  • Psycho-social outcome of rehabilitation interventions for people with acquired brain injury or chronic diseases, and their close relatives.
  • Typical and atypical language and reading development and mental health.
  • Aversive childhood trauma and mental health.
  • Anthrozoology.
  • Psychological effects of digital media.
  • Narrative and identity.
  • Assessment and intervention for children and youth with developmental challenges (communicative, cognitive, reading and social-emotional, ADHD, ASD, and Developmental Language Disorder).

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.
  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications Guidance Teaching portfolio.
  • 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.

Expectations in connection with employment as academic staff.

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.

Workplace
Aalborg

Agreement

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. The first 3 months of your employment is a trial period.

Vacancy number

2021-224-003373

Deadline

11/03/2021

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