Associate Professorship in Learning and/or Developmental Psychology

Updated: 11 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jun 2020

The Department of Educational Psychology at The Danish School of Education (DPU) at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as associate professor in the field of learning and/or developmental psychology in a lifelong perspective.

The associate professorship is a permanent full-time position, which begins on October 1 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is located at DPU, either DPU Campus Aarhus or DPU Campus Emdrup (in Copenhagen).

The Danish School of Education is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position

Learning and/or developmental psychology is related to all age groups, including adults, and should be understood in broad terms, which may encompass cognitive, emotional, personal, social, socio-material and cultural aspects as well as motivational, participatory, technological and digital media aspects.

We expect the future associate professor to help advance the field through teaching and research at the highest international level.

The successful applicant must have strong academic competences in learning and/or developmental psychology and must be willing to participate in consolidating and expanding the field in terms of teaching and research. We are seeking an innovative and dedicated applicant who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.


We are looking for an applicant with a research profile in learning and/or developmental psychology in a lifelong perspective, which relates to education as well as work-life and leisure-time activities. As well as this desired profile, the successful applicant must also have research expertise related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Edutainment and gamification in usual nonplay and non-game contexts
  • Mixed methods, quantitative and experimental studies (strong methodological profile and skills)
  • Test and psychometrics.

The successful applicant must develop and achieve funding for new research projects and consolidate cooperation in the field across research units in the Danish School of Education.

The Danish School of Education emphasises research of the highest international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding. Accordingly, we are looking for an applicant with a strong profile and record of accomplishment.

We expect the associate professor to develop collaborative research initiatives with other fields at the Danish School of Education. As an integrated part of the application, the applicant must present specific visions for the development of learning and/or developmental psychology at Aarhus University with respect to research and teaching.


The associate professor will teach existing courses as well as develop new courses at MA level in educational psychology at the Danish School of Education - please see this webpage .

The successful applicant will be expected to have undertaken training to teach at university level (or have equivalent experience) and will be expected to have teaching experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Media and gaming psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Quantitative research methods and mixed methods
  • Test and psychometrics.

The successful applicant will also be expected to apply innovative teaching methods.

Talent development

We expect the associate professor to contribute to talent development and to supervise PhD students as well as develop and teach PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange

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

Qualifications required

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent qualifications in psychology, education or another relevant field in the social sciences or humanities, as well as research and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship.  

Applicants must also document:

  • An internationally oriented research profile
  • A relevant and international publication profile documented in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience of or interest in participation in national and international research networks
  • Experience of or interest in communication and knowledge exchange
  • Experience of interdisciplinary collaboration and interdisciplinary research
  • Experience of or potential for obtaining external research funding
  • Experience of or interest in interdisciplinary teaching including innovative teaching methods
  • Experience of or interest in supervising student projects and interest in researcher talent development
  • Mastery of academic Danish and English in the classroom (the successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in Danish as well as English).

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight for an associate professorship) will not be considered.

Work environment

We expect applicants to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department in Campus Aarhus or Campus Emdrup on a daily basis. The successful applicant must participate in the daily activities of the department, including both teaching and supervising. Since the department is located in both Copenhagen and Aarhus, the successful applicant should expect some travel activity between these locations.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which this balance can be maintained. See Family and work-life balance  for further information.

International applicant?

International applicants are encouraged to see Attractive working conditions  for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service  and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU .

Owing to the increasingly international nature of the degree programmes in question, applicants must be able to teach and publish in English. If the successful applicant cannot speak Danish, he/she will be required to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

Experience of the development of degree programmes and teaching will be considered an advantage.

The Department
The Danish School of Education (known in Denmark as DPU) constitutes Denmark's largest and strongest university environment for basic and applied research within the field of education and educational theory (pedagogics).

The research at the school has an international foundation and is built around strong scientific perspectives on educational theory regarding:

  • Didactics (subject-based and general didactics)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology.

In addition, we conduct interdisciplinary research aimed at specific educational fields of inquiry, with early years education and schools playing the largest and most central roles.

Read about the Department of Educational Psychology here .


For further information about the position, please contact the head of Department of Educational Psychology, Charlotte Mathiassen, on telephone +45 6186 3645and/or mail

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: shortlisting

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.

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

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