Assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured) in the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences, Aarhus University

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

The Centre for Science Studies invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured). Expected starting date is July 1, 2020.
We seek applicants with academic expertise in the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences, broadly conceived to include all areas of mathematics, data science, and other computational sciences. Experience in the didactics of mathematics is welcomed, but is not a requirement.

The Centre seeks to strengthen its research profile by attracting excellent researchers. The successful candidate will be expected to take genuine interest in developing the Centre’s research in collaboration with other staff members and in applying for external research funding.

The Centre teaches philosophy and ethics of science courses to almost all bachelor students at the Faculty of Science and Technology (including students in mathematics, data science, and computer science/IT programs). The Centre also teaches a history of mathematics course, which is a requirement for students aiming to teach mathematics in Danish secondary schools. Finally, the Centre runs a Master’s Program in science studies.

The person hired will be expected to teach bachelor level courses in both (i) the history of mathematics and (ii) the philosophy and ethics of mathematics, data science, and/or computer science/IT on a regular basis. In addition, the person hired will be expected to contribute to the other teaching needs in the Centre for Science Studies, including a course on didactics of mathematics offered to math students and courses in our Masters’ program in Science Studies. Moreover, the person hired will be expected to participate in all aspects of the Centre’s activities and to be present on a daily basis.

The Centre is committed to promoting diversity and equality. We especially encourage scholars from underrepresented groups to submit their applications.
The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.

Place of work: Ny Munkegade 118, 8000 Aarhus C.

For further information please contact Head of Department Jacob Schach Møller, tel. +45 87155721, email

The Centre for Science Studies ranks as one of the major centers for the history and philosophy of science, technology, and mathematics in Europe. For more information about the Centre, please see here. With 27 departments and approximately 38.000 students, Aarhus University (AU) is one of the largest and leading universities in Denmark.

With about 300,000 inhabitants, Aarhus is the second biggest city in Denmark. More than 50,000 students live in the city, which means that Aarhus is a young and vibrant city. Aarhus’ history goes back to the Viking Age. Today, the city not only offers numerous historical sites, but many internationally renowned cultural institutions.

Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of six years with the prospect of performance- based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme is to:

  • attract outstanding talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
  • to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
  • to create transparency in the academic career path

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate is offered:

  • access to research infrastructure
  • capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • a mentoring programme
  • support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review is conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

Please refer to the tenure track guidelines for the tenure review criteria and for the tenure review process.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance 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.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark, see here.

2 December 2019

Apply here

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more here.

Posted: October 11, 2019