Associate professor within the humanities and social sciences to University of Southern Denmark. Apply before January 15, 2020

The Research Unit of Movement, Culture and Society (MoCS) at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Campus in Odense, Denmark, invites applications for an outstanding scholar to be appointed as Associate Professor.

MoCS’ research activities expand within the humanities and social science research. Movement is at the heart of the unit’s work involving experiential, bodily, emotional, cultural and social aspects of movement. Thus, the unit’s research ranges from phenomenological and cultural analyses of movement practices of, among others, parkour, yoga, community dance and improvisational practices to analyses of different sub-cultures of physical activity and their organization. Staff members are part of several international research networks in the fields of phenomenology, sports philosophy, cultural analysis, and sociology.

Applicants must hold a PhD-degree and a research background with relevance for movement practices. Applicants with an interest in and documented experience from any or all of the following will be prioritized:

    • Interdisciplinary research using qualitative research methodologies for philosophical/phenomenological and/or sociological analyses
    • Research focused on movement practices in, for example, different kinds of sports activities, dance, martial art and/or related activities, for example different kinds of performative activities
    • Collaborative research projects 4E (embodied, extended, embedded and enacted) cognition
    • Documented experience from publishing in international journals
    • A strong record of teaching and mentoring students at BA and MA level

Potential applicants will be expected to teach and supervise student projects at the courses offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences with a focus on both the undergraduate and the Master programs at the Department of Sports Sciences and Biomechanics. A strong teaching portfolio will be valued. The teaching languages are Danish and/or English. External funding can be used towards increased time for research.

Applicants with a strong passion and prior experience from being part of university programs resembling the profile of Movement, Culture and Society are encouraged to apply. As Associate Professor, he or she will be expected to take active part in the activities and research projects run by the research unit. We value diversity and welcome applicants with different professional backgrounds and nationalities. We expect the successful applicant to start by the 1st of April, 2020

Further information can be obtained from the head of the research unit, Associate Professor Susanne Ravn on tel. +45 6550 3468, e-mail: or from the head of the department Jørgen Povlsen, tel.. +45 6550 3451, e-mail: .

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their own assessment by the university. Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the link “Apply here” at the bottom of the page. Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

The application must contain (as pdf. or docx. files):

    • a motivation letter
    • a detailed CV
    • degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
    • a complete and numbered list of publications
    • 8 scientific peer-reviewed publications and/or performances considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication and/or a link for each performance
    • a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
    • a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work.

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed. Applications may be shortlisted. Danish is not required initially however, must be mastered within the first two years of employment. In cooperation with the language centre “Lærdansk”, SDU offers specialised language courses. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark.

Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salarytaxationhousing and accompanying family. For further information on what it is like working at SDU, please read “10 good reasons why you should choose SDU”. Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark.

Further particulars concerning the application – please see the link below.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background. Further details: How to apply

Apply here!

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