PhD fellowship in Social Science Didactics at the Department for the Study of Culture

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 19 May 2019

As of 1 September 2019, or soon thereafter, a PhD fellowship in subject didactics with particular regard to the quality in the teaching of social sciences in primary schools, will become available at the Department for the Study of Culture (IKV), Faculty of Humanities, University of Southern Denmark in collaboration with Applied Research in Pedagogy and Society (ARiPS), the Business Academy and University College, Lillebælt.

The Department for the Study of Culture conducts research, teaching and communication in philosophy, cultural studies, literature, media studies and educational science. Additional information can be found at .ARiPS works closely with schools, day care institutions and professional programmes in pedagogy and social sciences to produce new and practical knowledge. Additional information can be found at

The fellowship is part of a research collaboration with Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT) (see, which is a Nordic Centre of Excellence funded by NordForsk. The QUINT centre’s various research projects adopt a Nordic comparative subject didactic view (social sciences, language arts/L1 subjects and mathematics) and a general didactic view on teaching quality related to video documentation, video analysis and the use of video in connection with teacher training. QUINT provides access to empirical knowledge and teaching in lower secondary education from all Nordic countries.

We are looking for a research fellow who has completed a relevant master’s degree programme with good grades and who can formulate a research project that contributes to the development of social science didactics in relation to QUINT. The research fellow must therefore outline ideas for a project on teaching quality and the concept of quality in the social science subject. A requirement for the project is 1) that the collection of empirical knowledge is included in at least two Nordic countries, including Denmark, 2) that it takes place in secondary education (year 9, or 8), and 3) that video observation is part of the methodology.

The research fellow will engage in collaboration with researchers in all of the associated subjects and general didactics, both in a Danish and Nordic context. The research fellow is expected to participate actively in the QUINT centre’s activities, including conferences/summer schools. It is not necessary for the research fellow to have a background in primary school education.

Professor Nikolaj Elf, co-head of the research programme and co-head of QUINT (Phone: +45 6550 4563, and associate professor Torben Spanget Christensen, who is also involved in QUINT (Phone: +45 6550 3690,, can provide further information about the posting and possible points of focus.

Additional information about the fellowship can be obtained by contacting Vice Head of Department Lars Handesten at the Department for the Study of Culture (Phone: +45 30 11 58 46,

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period. The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the Protocol on PhD Research Fellow signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) of 10 November 2015, enclosure 5, Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015  (the document only exists in Danish).

To qualify for a PhD position you must have completed a relevant master's degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.

The application should include:

  • Special PhD-application form found here
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed project description, no more than 5 pages
  • Examination certificates
  • A maximum of 2 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
    • For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. 

We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the committee will assess whether you are qualified or not. The panel will include a Nordic representative of the QUINT steering committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.   

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply ” before applying.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU .

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

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