2 year Postdoc position in Computing Education Research at Aarhus University

 A fully funded 2-year postdoctoral position is available in the interdisciplinary research center Center for Computational Thinking and Design, which is a collaboration between School of Communication and Culture (CC) and the Department of Computer Science (CS) at Aarhus University CCTD.AU.DK. The place of employment is the department of 

Computer Science at Aarhus University (AU), and the project is co-financed by CC and CS.  

The position is funded by a grant for a project entitled CoTinker. The objective of this project is to conduct research into how to construct an open-source toolkit targeted grades 6-12 supporting students computational thinking through collaborative learning with a modular web-based technology platform. 

CoTinker complements existing platforms through following a scandinavian approach to developing the platform, through participatory design processes involving researchers, teachers and students, as well as the learning approach itself, which places emphasis on supporting collaboration and embodied learning and building upon existing device ecologies in classrooms.

The project will take place in the context of CCTD and strong interdisciplinary collaboration skills are required, and some experience with project management is preferred.

Expected start date and duration of employment 
2–year position starting from 01.02.2022 or as soon possible. 

Job description

  • Conduct scientific research in Computing Education Research 
  • Publish in premier international conferences and journals. 
  • Collaborate with scientists in both departments.  

Your profile 

  • PhD in Computing Education or Computer Science. 
  • Excellent publications record in top-ranked journals or conferences related to the position. This can be e.g. computing education research, computer science, and informatics venues. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 
  • Advanced research experience in at least one of the following areas: 
    • Interaction design for computing education 
    • Intervention-based educational research 
    • Educational Technology research for teaching computing 

What we offer – The department/centre offers: 

  • A well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment 
  • An exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international, public and industrial collaborators 
  • A research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research 
  • A work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities 
  • A workplace characterized by professionalism, diversity, equality and a healthy work-life balance. 

Place of work and area of employment 
The place of work is at: The Department of Computer Sciences – Åbogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N 


Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

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

Deadline: 2021-12-13 at 23:59
Email: mailto:mgraves@cs.au.dk
Phone: +4523382284

Read the job description at the university homepage or Apply.

Post expires on mandag december 13th, 2021