Professor of History and Philosophy of Science

University of Copenhagen, Department of Science Education

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: November 22, 2015

Department of Science Education

University of Copenhagen

Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark ( invites applications for a permanent position in history and philosophy of science beginning March 1, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.

They seek a candidate that can act as chair of the research group in science studies and create an active research environment for the group’s researchers. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Head of Department on the future development of the research group and is expected to participate actively in fundraising, and in developing new teaching initiatives in history and philosophy of science at the Faculty of Science.

Applicants must document a strong international research record within history and philosophy of the natural sciences (including mathematics), preferably with a specialization within areas of relevance to scientific practice and/or to science education (e.g. philosophy of science in practice, socially relevant philosophy of science, integrated history and philosophy of science, or similar).

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Teaching duties include courses in history and philosophy of science at a broad range of natural science programs offered at the Faculty of Science, especially mandatory courses in philosophy of science tailored to BSc programs in the natural sciences as well as courses in history and philosophy of science for science students aiming for careers in science teaching. The submitted teaching portfolio must include reflections on the possible roles of history and philosophy of science in science education at various levels and on how to teach history and philosophy to science students.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

The Department of Science Education forms part of the Faculty of Science and covers science and mathematics education, higher education pedagogy, and science studies. The Department offers courses in science and mathematics education, university pedagogy, science communication, and in science studies (primarily history and philosophy of science). The Department collaborates closely with other departments at the Faculty of Science, and applicants should have sufficient competences in the natural sciences (including mathematics) to develop and participate in cross-departmental collaborations on courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. Further information on the Department is linked at

Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Hanne Andersen,

The position is open from March 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes the staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

The professorship is a category where the appointment is limited to a 5-year period. On the expiry of the professorship period, the appointee is ensured employment and remuneration as an associate professor or full professor, depending on achievements.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Commencing salary is currently for Professors with special responsibilities up to DKK 584,919 including annual supplement (+pension up to DKK 100,021)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans – including a short description (1-2 pages) of the applicant’s visions for a science studies unit situated at a Faculty of Science.
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is the 22th of November 2015, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews/trial lectures will be held in February 2016.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0390



Posted: October 15, 2015