Postdoctoral position in “Impact of Gender on Teaching Evaluations” research project 1022969

The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for 1-2 postdoctoral positions of 1-2 years. These positions offer applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new externally funded research project on the impact of gender on teaching evaluations in higher education.
The starting date is August 1st 2019 or subject to mutual agreement.
The research project
This project asks: Is there a gender bias in teaching evaluations in Danish higher education, and if so, what possible mechanisms affect the bias? It takes its starting point in recent international studies finding evidence of gender bias with male university teachers receiving better evaluations than their female colleagues. The project contributes to the research field in three ways: First, there is limited European research on gender bias and this study will be the first in Scandinavia. Second, the project explores the mechanisms at play by using data on actual SETs as well as conducting an experiment and observational studies of teaching. Third, the project examines the role of contextual factors – for example between contexts traditionally dominated by men vs. women – by including variation between a university and a university college and in the gender balance among faculty across study programmes. The project is expected to generate high-quality research and is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by being involved in data collection, data analysis as well as writing journal articles and other publications. Besides contributing to the specified project objectives, candidates will have the opportunity to define their own research areas within the overall framework of the project.
Your qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD relevant to the academic areas of the Department of Political Science and have research experience of broad relevance to the project.
The project involves both quantitative studies including field experiments and qualitative studies including observation of teaching situations. Candidates with strong methods competencies in one or both of these areas are therefore preferred.
Personal skills e.q. in regard to communication and collaboration will also be considered.
Who we are
The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS – and specifically the Department of Political Science – has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.  

At the Department of Political Science, we emphasise a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 40 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment.
The research carried out at the department not only covers a variety of political science disciplines, but also represents a variety of methodological approaches. This not only enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear on the national and international political arenas, but also allows us to contribute actively to the development of the discipline. We also emphasise communicating our research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general.

For more information about the Department of Political Science, please click here
Further information
For further information about the position and the department, please contact principal investigator Anne Binderkrantz: +45 8716 5706 Email:
If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Mette Fisker Præstegaard, tel.: +45 87152497, email:
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Place of work
Place of work is Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus

Terms of employment
The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
Education (diploma for master’s, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant’s share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form can be used for the purpose
Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.

Please apply here
Location: Aarhus
Deadline: 11 February 2019
Unit: Department of Political Science
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Monday February 11th, 2019