Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Postdoc - The Contextuality of Interpersonal Understanding, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Postdoctoral position - The contextuality of interpersonal understanding

Applications are invited for a two-year Postdoc position. The Postdoc position is financed by the VELUX Foundation as part of the research project "Empathy and Interpersonal Understanding". The successful
candidate will be affiliated with the Center for Subjectivity Research, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, where the project is based, and will be expected to begin on 1 August 2012.

Description of the project
Recent proponents of a phenomenologically inspired embodied and enactive approach to social cognition have emphasized the primacy of the direct face-to-face encounter. But isn´t interpersonal understanding always contextual, and isn´t this something that thinkers in the tradition of phenomenological social theory (such as Heidegger, Gurwitsch and Schutz) have repeatedly emphasized? The aim of the PostDoc project is both historical and systematic. Historically, the aim is to investigate whether the latter view contradicts or rather complements other phenomenologists´ (such as Husserl, Stein and Scheler) emphasis on a more immediate experiential access to the minds of others. Systematically, the project is expected to consider and assess whether interpersonal understanding can be said to be direct and contextual at the same time.
The application should include a proposal outlining the overall aims and methodology of the project as well as a time-plan (see appendix 4).
Job content
The position require a PhD degree or similar qualifications.

For further information please contact the project leader, Professor Dan Zahavi dza@hum.ku.dk.

The following professional qualifications and personal competences are furthermore required:
  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and the academic output.
  • The applicant´s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the advertisement for the position.
  • Documented teaching qualifications, including the ability to conduct teaching in both Danish and English
  • Documented administrative qualifications
  • Participation in networks - national and international

 For further details about the qualification requirements to postdocs, please refer to Circular no. 9427 of 13 June 2007 concerning the job structure for academic staff http://www.ubst.dk/lovgivning/personalejura-medarbejdere/ny_stillingsstruktur_eng.pdf/view?searchterm=None


The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the "Apply online" icon at the bottom of the page.

Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:
  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Appendix 1: CV
  • Appendix 2: Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
  • Appendix 3: Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with an asterisk
  • Appendix 4: Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses etc.
  • Appendix 5: Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination *
  • Appendix 6: Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment, of which at least two of the selected works must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and numbered from 1-3.

*This field is compulsory in the application form and related to other position categories. You should only provide a brief description of your teaching experiences. Or you can upload references or recommendations etc.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

 Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean will set up an expert assessment committee to evaluate applicants specifically in relation to the advertised position. The applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each candidate will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalised.
Please refer to ministerial order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 concerning the appointment of academic staff at universities ministerial order http://www.ku.dk/regel/2/2031.html

Further information about the procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, tel.: +45 35 32 80 87 or e-mail: mec@hum.ku.dk.

Salary and conditions of employment
The post will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, http://ism.ku.dk/taxes.

All applicants are encouraged to apply, irrespective of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 26 March 2012.

Please quote reference number 211-0504/12-4550 in your application letter.

Deadline: 26-03-2012
Publisher: Faculty of Humanities

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