Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Postdoc - Empathy and Interpersonal Understanding at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark


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

The aim of the PostDoc project is to explore the role of empathy in social cognition. When surveying the current debate (in philosophy, developmental psychology, social neuroscience etc.) it is clear that there is little agreement as to what the term "empathy" actually denotes. Is empathy a basic, sui generis, form of intentionality directed at other experiencing subjects, is it a form of inner imitation that relies on mirror-resonance mechanisms, or is it, for instance, only permissible to talk of "empathy" when a person reaches an understanding of another´s mental state by way of imagining what it is like for that other person to be in the situation she is in? The project is expected to discuss and critically assess the most important available proposals and to systematically analyze the role of empathy in social cognition. Prior familiarity with phenomenology and the contemporary Theory of Mind debate will be an advantage.

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

Application

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 211-0505/12-4550 in your application letter.

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

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