Postdoc in Science Education

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2019

The Department of Science Education, The Section for Science and Mathematics Education Research and Teaching (SMART) seeks a postdoc to focus on science teaching and learning in laboratories.

The postdoc’s duties will primarily include research within the project ‘Improving Quality of Laboratory Learning at University Level’ (IQ-Lab) which is a collaboration between Department of Science Education at the Faculty of Science and Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Health. IQ-Lab aims at providing teachers, researchers and curriculum designers with in-depth knowledge about

A. which competences students acquire from laboratory work,

B. how they best acquire these competences, and

C. how these competences are used and developed beyond laboratory courses.

The project is financed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The project will provide the overall context of the postdoc’s research. The postdoc will become part of a vibrant, creative and open project team collaboration consisting of three senior researchers, two PhD fellows, one research assistant and one technical administrative assistant. A copy of the project description is available at

The postdoc will become responsible for parts of the project under guidance of the senior researchers. The specific research tasks for the postdoc will depend on the competences of the successful candidate and the tasks will be decided in a dialogue with the senior researchers. Parts of the project can be molded to fit the candidate’s competences and interests.

The project applies several different research methods:

  • interviews with students and teachers
  • analysis of tasks and students’ products
  • Video analysis of teaching situations

One or more of these should be generally familiar to the candidate.

Other duties include obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within science education.


The candidate must be able to document experiences with conducting empirical science educational research.

Applicants must be able to communicate fluently (written and orally) in English. 

Further information on the Department is linked at . Inquiries about the position can be made to head of section Jan Alexis Nielsen (+45 3532 0361). It is strongly advised that interested parties contact Jan Alexis Nielsen prior to applying.

The position is open from October 1st, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a temporary position lasting until September 30st, 2022.

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

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • A short (1 page) document that outlines the applicant’s experiences with participation in science educational research
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is September 1th 2019, 23:59 CET.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at .

Interviews will be held on selected dates in the beginning september 2019.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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