The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for an associate professorship in educational sociolog

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Østjylland (Aarhus)

The Department of Educational Sociology at the Danish School of Education invites applications for an associate professorship in sociology and quantitative methods.

The associate professorship is a permanent position commencing on 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is based at DPU, Aarhus Campus. Since the department is situated in both Aarhus and Copenhagen, the successful applicant should expect some travel activity between the two cities.

The position
As an associate professor in educational sociology and quantitative methods, the successful applicant will join a strong international research community within the Department of Educational Sociology at the Danish School of Education.

The Department of Educational Sociology aims to be at the forefront of research in fields such as social pedagogy, stratification, mobility and transitions as well as teacher education. The successful applicant will thereby join a thriving research community and is expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. In particular, the successful applicant should be able to contribute to the development of the department’s development and use of quantitative methods in the field of educational sociology. The department leads the Master’s degree programme in educational sociology, to which the successful applicant is also expected to contribute in both a teaching and supervisory capacity.

The Danish School of Education is looking for applicants with knowledge of research in the field of educational sociology and quantitative methods who can contribute to the theoretical and methodical development of this combination of subjects. The assessment will attach importance to the research and teaching qualifications of applicants within the area covered by this position.

Finally, it should also be stressed that it is a high priority for the department that everyone takes part in the daily activities of the department, including both teaching and supervising, and the Danish School of Education emphasises in general the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop and lead research projects on topics relevant to the field of educational sociology, including social mobility and social inequality within education and transitions from education to work, with a particular focus on developing and applying advanced quantitative methods. Participation in the collective research community at the department through collaborative research projects and applications for external funding will also be central to the position.

The successful applicant will be expected to play an active role in the development and coordination of the Master’s programme in educational sociology and the teaching and supervision of students both within this programme and on other programmes offered by the Danish School of Education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Teaching activities are divided between the campuses in Aarhus and Copenhagen.

Talent development
The associate professor will be expected to contribute to talent development within the fields of educational sociology and quantitative methods. He/she will be expected to supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as outlined in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, such as research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society and the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Applicants must have a PhD in educational sociology or equivalent qualifications at an international level, and must document research and teaching qualifications corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship.

In relation to research, applicants must be able to document:

  • Relevant publications at the highest academic level
  • Participation in relevant national and international networks
  • The ability to teach courses and supervise students within the Master’s programme in educational sociology, including courses on quantitative methods
  • Experience of participation in collective research projects and successful funding applications.

In relation to research activity, the following are considered an advantage:

  • Experience of preparing and carrying out quantitative research designs
  • Experience and knowledge of register and survey-based studies
  • Experience of modern, advanced statistical methods (such as propensity score matching and sequence analysis)
  • Experience of cross-national comparison
  • Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation.

In relation to teaching, applicants must be able to document teaching and supervisory competences linked to a Master’s degree programme in educational sociology, and to contribute to qualifying and developing the teaching and supervision offered at the Danish School of Education at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. In relation to teaching, it will also be considered an advantage if applicants have experience of interdisciplinary teaching and the use of innovative teaching methods.

Please note that only publications that are actually submitted with the application will be assessed: a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications which are not accompanied by publications will not be assessed.

Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. So we ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had (e.g. due to maternity/paternity, illness, etc.), in order to gauge their research productivity.

References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to state professional references.

The applicant must be able to teach and publish in English.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Niels Rosendal Jensen
e-mail:, tel.: +45 87163709.

Place of work
The Danish School of Education (DPU), Campus Aarhus, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, building 1483, 8000 Aarhus C.

The application must be submitted in English.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts:

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

The department
The School of Education at Aarhus University is Denmark’s largest centre for research and
teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning, with approximately 240 full time
researchers, including 100 PhD students, and 3,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students.
The school’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinarity and close
interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and
institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.

For more information on the school’s research and educational profile, please visit:

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

Ansøgningsfrist: 31.08.2019

Placering: Aarhus C Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4

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