Professor in Educational Psychology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Jan 2024

The Danish School of Education (DPU) at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent position as Professor in Educational Psychology

The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as professor in educational psychology. The position is available from 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position

With this professorship, DPU underpins the ambition to be among the top universities in the world with regard to educational psychology. The successful applicant is expected to strengthen research activity and output as well as contributing to the high profile of research within the area of educational psychology at Aarhus University.

The professorship in educational psychology is based at the Department of Educational Psychology, where psychological approaches to educational and pedagogical practices as such are at the centre of interest.
Issues of interest for the Department of Educational Psychology are knowledge about

  • Learning which overcomes marginalization of vulnerable and/or radicalized individuals and groups
  • Learning across societal challenges which counters ethnical polarization, gang crime, radicalization, mental illness, etc.
  • Different approaches, intervention practices and methods within social work which counter these challenges.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange, and to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development.


The Department of Educational Psychology at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in further developing research in educational psychology.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to the field of educational psychology and the general research community at the Danish School of Education in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners as well as external research funding.

Applicants must be able to document original scientific production at the highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and empirical research within the field of educational psychology, with a special focus on areas within the social pedagogical and psychological field.

Applicants are furthermore asked to state their visions of future developments in the field and to document a solid track record in research leadership as well as in international research funding and international research cooperation.

It is of vital importance that the successful applicant takes part in the daily activities of the Department of Educational Psychology, such as research and teaching activities and communities, as well as management and/or organizational boards (central study board, degree programme boards and different local management positions).

Further information about the present research strategies of the Department of Educational Psychology is available on this website: Department of Educational Psychology (  


The successful applicant will be expected to have solid experience of teaching at university level and should be prepared to teach and supervise at all levels of the degree programme (MA and PhD) in educational psychology and in DPU’s cross-departmental MA programmes.

The successful applicant will also be expected to be the driving force in developing new degree programmes in relation to subjects within the field of social and educational psychology, and in this connection, broad experience and knowledge of education in the field as well as related fields will be an advantage. 

Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of 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 research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange. 


Applicants must provide research plans and explain how they will meet the expectations of the professorship to strengthen and develop research and teaching in relation to the Department of Educational Psychology.
Applicants must also be able to document:

  • Academic publications at the highest international level
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organization, including obtaining and administering external funding
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
  • Solid experience with leadership in research and education communities
  • Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses.

For further information about the position, please contact the head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Charlotte Mathiassen, by telephone: +4561863645 and/or email: [email protected] .

Read more about the Department of Educational Psychology here: Department of Educational Psychology (

The application must be submitted in English.

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 does not speak or write 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 daycare and schools playing the largest and most central roles.
Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


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.

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.

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 five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 240 PhD students, 9,500 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 and the Danish School of Education. 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 UniversityAarhus 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 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at

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