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2022-224-04816 Assistant professors in Techno-Anthropological studies of digital knowledge organization, Aalborg University, Copenhagen campus

At the Department of Culture and Learning, the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, one or more 3-year positions as assistant professor in techno-anthropological studies of digital knowledge organization are available from December 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are situated at Aalborg University’s Copenhagen campus where they will be part of the Techno-Anthropology Lab.

Job description

For appointment as an assistant professor, the ideal candidate is expected to:

  • teach, supervise and examine students in relevant modules in bachelor's and master's degree programmes in Data-driven Organizational Development and Techno-Anthropology. The candidates must have a strong teaching record and should ideally also bring new pedagogical ideas to the programs.
  • conduct research and publish research products at a high quality level in recognised venues
  • participate in external research networks and partnerships, and in doing so create and maintain productive relationships with researchers of different research and cultural backgrounds
  • engage in knowledge collaboration related to the position's scientific portfolio
  • contribute in a positive and constructive manner to the overall activities and working environment of the Department of Culture and Learning.
  • have substantive experience with research on the current digital reorganization of social, cultural, and organizational life. The applicants must be able to participate in research projects and a broad research agenda within this area. The applicants must have comprehensive knowledge of both qualitative and computational methodologies, which they must be able to combine in ways that are relevant to the analyses of contemporary digital knowledge organization and innovation such as online knowledge controversies, digital culture and public life, or democracy in the age of algorithms.

Appointment as an assistant professor requires academic qualifications at the PhD level, including an approved PhD thesis.

In relation to research, the applicant is expected to document:

  • experience, competences and achievements demonstrating the ability to deliver high-quality research
  • a research plan that harmonizes with the Department of Culture and Learning’s strategy and shows the applicant's plans for developing new research products and projects.
  • It is considered a plus if the candidates have experience with international collaboration, and they must have a strong publication record at the level of a coming assistant professor. The candidates are also expected to contribute to the search for external research funding.

In relation to teaching, the applicant is expected to document:

  • experience, competences and achievements demonstrating the ability to provide high-level instruction within the area of the Data-driven Organizational Development and Techno-Anthropology programmes, with various pedagogical considerations and approaches, including supervision, conducting seminars, lectures etc.
  • At Aalborg University our learning approach is problem-based learning (PBL). Documented experience with this learning approach is therefore preferred, but is not a prerequisite.

The applicant is expected to document the ability to teach, supervise and assess both written and oral presentations in Danish. Alternatively, the ideal applicant is expected to acquire relevant linguistic competence within an agreed timeframe.

The associate professors will be participants in the Techno-Anthropology Lab at Aalborg University and the related teaching programs in Data-driven Organizational Development and Techno-Anthropology, and the new faculty-level signature initiative around Computational Social Science & Humanities. The Techno-Anthropology Lab has developed an engaged humanistic research program that combines Science & Technology Studies, digital methodologies and interventionist practices. A key part of this work is critical proximity with the design and development of computational tools for curating, visualizing, and navigating big socio-cultural data. The lab works closely with external partners and is committed to develop knowledge products that contribute to socially responsible innovation. In continuation of this research agenda, the ideal candidates will have demonstrated how to empirically study and experimentally shape knowledge production or technological innovation.

In terms of personal qualities, the applicant is expected to have solid cooperative abilities as well as the ability to create and maintain productive relationships with researchers of various research and cultural backgrounds. A national as well as an international network is preferred.

Daily attendance in the department is required. In addition, applicants should be prepared to actively participate in all aspects of the day-to-day activities of the department and study programmes. For information on the research profile of the department etc., please see the department’s website

Assistant professorship
A position as assistant professor is a fixed-term training position which includes an obligation to carry out research and teaching activities. To a limited extent, additional tasks may be defined by the University. The appointment includes a requirement to attend a course in university pedagogy for assistant professors organised by the University.

The employment as assistant professor must not exceed a total period of four years at the same institution (a maximum of six years at assistant professor level at AAU and a maximum of eight years at assistant professor level in Denmark). 

Applicants for the assistant professorship are required to possess academic qualifications; for example a PhD degree or similar academic qualifications.

The application must contain the following:

  • Your CV 
  • A complete publication list and markings of the attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment. No more than five publications may be attached.
  • In case you attach joint, 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 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 about the position may be addressed to professor Torben Elgaard,

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email

Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English. 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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