PostDoc Position in Social/Cultural/Political Psychology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

Applications are invited for a PostDoc position (one year) at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The PostDoc will collaborate with Séamus Power Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology. The PostDoc will be part of the newly established and growing research group on Personality and Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology. Other members of the group are Thomas A. Morton, Robert Böhm, Ingo Zettler and Jochen Gebauer (part-time).

Employment should start in February 2020 or shortly thereafter.

The deadline for applications including enclosures is 31 October 2019 (23:59 CET)  

Job description
A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term academic position. The position is heavily weighted in favour of research. Other duties (e.g., research administration) may, furthermore, have to be performed to a limited extent. The University determines the exact ratio between the various responsibilities. The ratio may vary over time. The chosen candidate will be enrolled as PostDoc at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is expected that the PostDoc works on research projects together with the supervisor but he/she may also pursue an independent line of research related to the areas of migration & cultural clashes and economic inequality & protests from a social, cultural, and/or political psychological perspective.

Qualifications
Applicants should have a PhD in Psychology, Human Development, or a related discipline at the beginning of the employment. The candidate should have knowledge and research experience in the field of social, cultural, and political psychology. Candidates who are methodologically plural, including expertise in ethnographic and experimental research, are desirable. It is not a requirement to understand, speak, or learn Danish.

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 34.079,13 (EUR 4,560) per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/pension/

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, http://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here: http://ism.ku.dk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm  and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

Application
The application, which must be written in English, should include a cover/motivation letter (max. 3 pages), CV, study certificates, up to five of the most important scientific publications, and the PhD thesis (if applicable), as well as at least three reference letters. The motivation letter should include ideas for planned research congruent with the P.I.’s interests during the one year postdoc.

Please note that applications will be assessed based on these mandatory enclosures. Applicants cannot expect any additional documentation to be taken into account in the assessment.  

Application procedure 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are subsequently notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here: https://socialsciences.ku.dk/

The shortlisting will take place in October 2019, and the interviews subsequently (in accordance with the invited applicants).

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  

For further information, please contact Séamus Power: seamus.power@psy.ku.dk

Further information about the application procedure or salary is available from HR-officer Mette Christensen, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID 211-0217/19-2I.

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than, one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that the documents are scanned and collected in one file.  

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.


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