The Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral research position starting 1 May 2022. The deadline for applications is 17 November 2021.

The position is embedded in the externally funded research project: “Determinants of Resilience in Organizational Networks” (DRONe) which investigates how cognitive attitudes amongst employees in a Danish utility company enable resilience to innovative technologies. Methodologically, the candidate must be able to conduct an extensive ethnographical study of the workplace dynamics in the utility company combined with interviews and surveys.

We are seeking a highly motivated and strongly independent researcher with a Ph.D. in the areas of cognitive science, science and technology studies, organization theory, organizational behavior, social anthropology or related areas. The candidate must have experience with ethnographic fieldwork, and should be able to engage with theories of organizational cognition, distributed cognition, practice theory, and science and technology studies. 

It is expected that the candidate contributes to the publishing of academic work (e.g., papers, book chapters) based on the project’s findings. The candidate must therefore have demonstrated experience with publishing in high-level international journals.

The position is located at SDU’s campus in Slagelse. Regular weekly travelling to the utility company (based in Copenhagen) for the first 1-2 years is expected. The project covers travel costs.

Project data will primarily be in Danish and, thus, a knowledge of Danish (or one of the other Scandinavian languages) is considered an advantage.
Further information about the project and position can be obtained from Associate Professor Rasmus Gahrn-Andersen, email:

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

Employment as Postdoc is temporary (max. 4 years). Employment stops automatically by the end of the period. An upgrade of pedagogical qualifications is not part of the position. Thus employment as Postdoc cannot stand alone as a qualification for later employment as associate professor/senior researcher.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).

To qualify for the position you must have completed a PhD-degree by the time of employment. 

An application must include:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Up to 3 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. Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

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 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.   The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

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. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.

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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Deadline 2021-Nov-17

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