Postdoctoral position with focus on a study of scientific publication, Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University 929131

Postdoctoral position with focus on a study of scientific publication, Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University 

The Center for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoctoral position with focus on a study of scientific publication.

The postdoctoral position is expected to last two years, starting February 1st, 2018.  There is the possibility that the position will be extended for a third year.

The Research Project

The focus of the advertised position is to study the epistemological dimensions of scientific publication.  Specifically we will investigate the following aspects of scientific publication:

(I) authorship norms and practices in collaborative research
(II) refereeing practices and effectiveness
(III) citation practices and norms
(IV) the impact of retracted publications

The focus will be on the epistemic impact of the various practices in the publication process in science.  Research will be carried out collaboratively with Dr. K. Brad Wray, but there will be opportunities to pursue independent work within the focus of the project.

Your Qualifications

Applicants will hold a PhD in one of the following areas: Philosophy of Science, History of Science, Sociology of Science, or Science Studies.  Further, the applicant:

(I) will be interested in conducting collaborative research within the focus area of the project

(II) must have an excellent command of spoken and written English

(III) must have experience with publishing in international peer-reviewed journals

(IV) will be prepared to contribute to the intellectual vitality of the Centre for Science Studies

The successful applicant will also take part in all aspects of a university position, including research, fund raising and administration. The applicant is expected to take an active part in teaching at all levels and supervision of students at bachelor, master's and PhD level.

Applicants should have a strong record of original scientific research at a high international level. Applicants are also expected to document their experience with all facets of university teaching and supervision. Applicants must submit a two to three page research proposal outlining potential avenues of research related to the focus of the position.

Place of Employment and Place of Work

The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Ny Munkegade 118, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark

For more information, please contact associate professor K. Brad Wray, tel. +45 87155583, email

Letters of reference may be sent directly by referees to no later than 31, October 2017 with the candidate’s name clearly stated in the subject field.

Application procedure

Short-listing 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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology 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.  All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.  Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


All applications must be made online and received by: 31.10.2017

Please apply online here

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