Associate Professor in techno-anthropological studies of media technologies and digital publics, 2018-224-01836

At the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Faculty of the Humanities, Copenhagen, a position as Associate Professor in techno-anthropological studies of media technologies and digital publics is open from 1 st of February 2019. The position is situated at Aalborg University’s Copenhagen campus.

Job description

We are looking for an applicant who has substantive experience with research on the current digital reorganization of social and public life. This may include studies of the changing landscapes of news media, social media, public debate, democratic participation, and/or other areas where significant organizational and societal changes emerge with or around new forms of digital publics and engaged citizenship. The applicant must be able to develop novel research projects and a broad research agenda within this area. The applicant is expected to be firmly grounded in Science and Technology Studies and other theoretical research traditions that may inform questions about socio-technical processes and phenomena. The applicant must also have comprehensive knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, which he or she must be able to combine in ways that are relevant to studies of phenomena that are partially web-based.

The Associate Professor will be a key participant in the Techno-Anthropology Research Group at Aalborg University and the related teaching programs in Techno-Anthropology. The ideal candidate will contribute new theoretical perspectives and new empirical methods for studies of technology where technological and human perspectives are intertwined, together forming a hybrid termed Techno-Anthropology. The candidate must have experience with international collaboration, therefore bringing new international networks to the research group, and he or she must have a strong publication record. The candidate must also show experience in and ideas for further search for external research funding.

The Techno-Anthropology group pursues an engaged humanistic research programme, which entails close collaboration with external partners and a commitment to develop knowledge products that contribute to socially responsible innovation.

The Associate Professor position entails teaching tasks at the bachelor and master programs in Techno-Anthropology and potentially also at other teaching programs organized by the Department. Due to the aims of these study programs applicants must be competent in teaching in both Danish and English at the time of appointment or no later than six months thereafter. The candidate must have a strong teaching record and should ideally also bring new pedagogical ideas to the program. It will be considered an advantage if the applicant is familiar with problem-oriented project work as a learning form.

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
  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications (Guide)
  • 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.

Aalborg University wishes to reflect the diversity of society, and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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 Professor Torben Elgaard Jensen, email, telephone (+45) 9940 3394. 

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Jess Gjerulff Gertsen at the HR-department via email Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English.


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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Sun Aug 12 00:00:00 CEST 2018

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Online application - some good advice

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