Postdoctoral position – Uncertain Archives, U of Copenhagen

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Postdoctoral position – Uncertain Archives

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a postdoc affiliated with the project Uncertain Archives. The position is for a two- year period to be filled by 1 January 2016.

Big data archives offer themselves as reassuring, neutral and innovative systems for the oversight of today’s information deluge. Yet recent information scandals suggest that big data entail not only big possibilities, but also a considerable range of uncertainties. It is these uncertainties to which Uncertain Archives is addressed. It offers practical analysis of contemporary big data archives through three case studies, which are set in dialogue with the theories that reveal both the risks and the potentials of big data in their present use. In addition to the project’s published outputs setting out the different stakes of this uncertainty, the project draws on live liaison with computer technologists, sociologists, contemporary art practitioners and policy makers to forge a new and theoretically-informed approach both to the technical and to the ethico-political implications of archival uncertainty for the organization of knowledge today.

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Job content
The duties of the position are distributed on tasks related to teaching (20 %) and tasks related to research (80 %). The chosen candidate is expected to complement the other members at the research team and must demonstrate research competences within the field of archive theory, information science and cultural theory. We expect the chosen candidate to take part in planning conferences and publish papers.

The successful applicant has a strong theoretical profile and documented competences within the field of visual culture.

Qualification requirements
In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following:

•Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.
•The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the job description.
•Documented teaching qualifications.
•Documented administrative qualifications, if any
•Participation in networks – national and international
•Previous experience with interdisciplinary collaboration and research
•Good interpersonal skills

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for academic staff.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of the Project Kristin Veel,

The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format.
ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please click on the “Apply now” 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
•Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address & telephone number)
•Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
•Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
•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.
•Project description and documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
•Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment, of which at least two 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 listed from 1 to 3

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

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 Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail:

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. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad.

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH.

See: here

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 13 September 2015.

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