The Department of Educational Sociology at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoctoral position related to a Nordic research project entitled TASTE DIDACTICS – Food and Critical Thinking. The postdoc position is part time (25 hours a week) and is expected to start on 1 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, and to end 34 months later, on 30 June 2026. The position is based at DPU Campus Emdrup, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV.
The Danish School of Education is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.
The research context
The Nordic research project TASTE DIDACTICS – Food and Critical Thinking is being conducted by the Danish School of Education (DPU), Copenhagen NV and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Bergen, Norway. Data has to be collected in Danish primary and lower-secondary schools by DPU.
Taken as a whole, TASTE DIDACTICS aims to support children’s ability to make informed and conscious food choices by developing critical thinking and taste competences among school and kindergarten children. The purpose of the overall project is to develop and implement a form of taste didactics that allows children to make conscious food choices.
TASTE DIDACTICS involves the subjects of food and health (Norway) and food knowledge (Denmark) (e.g. in home economics education) in primary and lower-secondary school by investigating indoor/classroom and outdoor teaching activities in Norway and Denmark.
TASTE DIDACTICS also studies meals and food-related activities in kindergartens in Norway. The postdoctoral researcher must investigate taste education and critical thinking in home economics education in Denmark.
The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the TASTE project team at DPU and HVL. Together with empirical investigations, analyses and dissemination in relevant international journals, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to take part in coordinating the project on a daily basis alongside the Danish PI, Professor Karen Wistoft, DPU. The research methods are mixed and experimental, focusing on teaching development in home economics education. The theoretical sources of inspiration comprise taste didactics and critical thinking theories as well as didactics.
The main task of the successful applicant is to collect empirical data among school students and teachers in Danish schools, and to conduct empirical and theoretical analyses in collaboration with colleagues in the project team. In particular, the postdoctoral researcher will work with tasks related to:
- School recruitment
- Data collection
- Data analysis
- Dissemination of results
- Experimental education design.
The postdoctoral researcher will take part in activities of the Danish Academy of Home Economics Research https://ncs.au.dk/forskning/akademi-for-madkundskabsdidaktik-1 at The Danish Centre of School Research, DPU https://ncs.au.dk/
Applicants for the postdoctoral position must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in educational didactics (or a related field). Applicants must be able to document:
- Research experience in pedagogics and education within the field of school research
- Research in the area of home economics education
- Research focusing on students enrolled in Danish primary and/or lower-secondary education
- Experience in interviewing and observing schoolchildren and teachers, including recruiting study participants, data collection and empirical analysis
- Experience in questionnaire surveys among school students and teachers
- Experience in the dissemination of educational research results in international journals.
It will be regarded as an advantage if applicants can document prior research experience in:
- Preparing and carrying out mixed-methods research
- Participating in research teams.
Applicants must be able to conduct interviews and perform observations in Danish, and to publish in both English and Danish.
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Karen Wistoft, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum five) will not be considered.
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily, or at least weekly, basis.
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The Danish School of Education
The School of Education at Aarhus University is Denmark’s largest centre for research and teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning, with approximately 240 full-time researchers, including 80 PhD students, and 4,500 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. The school’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinarity and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.
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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).
- Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
- The application must outline the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.
Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/
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
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