Postdoc in Humanistic Aging Studies

Applications are invited at the Department for the Study of Culture in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark in Odense for a Postdoc position in Humanistic Aging Studies to take effect from Juni 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The post doc will be attached to CPop – The SDU Interdisciplinary Center on Population Dynamics and will be a member of the Uses of Art and Literature research group at the Department for the Study of Culture in the Faculty of the Humanities. The Department for the Study of Culture carries out research, teaching and communication in Cultural studies, Education, Literature, Media Studies and Philosophy.

Further information about the department can be found on

The selected candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary research team counting Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences as well as Humanities and most of his/her research activity is expected to focus on interdisciplinary research to be published in interdisciplinary journals.
Applicants with projects in literary studies, media studies or cultural studies that can strengthen the research strategy and future development of the Humanities unit of CPop as well as the Uses of Art and Literature research group will be preferred.

Job description
The position involves research, teaching, supervision and communication, and participation in external collaboration. It also involves administration, as negotiated.

Required qualifications: 
Major requirements
– A relevant PhD-degree in literary studies, media studies or cultural studies.
– A proven interest in the fundamentals of humanistic aging research.
– A detailed research plan.

Candidates should also have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in supervising students and researchers.

Other requirements
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
– Excellent analytical abilities
– Fluent English language skills
– Capable of working independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams
– A strong team player

Further information about the position is available from Professor Peter Simonsen, tel: +4530134773/email:  

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015

Employment as Postdoc is temporary (max. 4 years). Employment stops automatically by the end of the period. An upgrade of pedagogical qualifications is not part of the position. To qualify for the position you must have completed a PhD-degree by the application deadline.

The application should include:
• Cover letter
• Research plan
• CV
• Examination certificates
• Publications list with statement of which academic work is attached
• Up to three most relevant works. A pdf file is attached for each publication. Any declaration of co-authorship should be part of this pdf file

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. 

Files must be pdf-format, maximum 10 MB per file. Each field handles only one file, so files must be combined into one pdf. We do not accept zip-files or image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked, without password protection and allow binding.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The committee may request additional information. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. Interviews, shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

The Faculty of Humanities may reject applications without further notice if they do not meet the specified requirements. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline: 23 April 2019
Unit: Faculty of Humanities
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Tuesday April 23rd, 2019