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Two-Year Postdoctoral Position: From politics to post-politics, a study of young people's engagement

Aarhus Universitet

København, Storkøbenhavn

Indrykket
04-01-2021
Kontakt
Aarhus Universitet
Tuborgvej 164
2400
København NV
Tlf
87150000
Praktisk information
Oprettet
04-01-2021
Udløber
31-01-2021
Kviknummer
330438646
Jobtype
Studiejob
Fuldtid
Arbejdsområde
Forskning og undervisning
Stillingsbetegnelse
Post. Doc., samfundsvidenskab
Erfaringer - I højere grad
Ikke angivet (Forskning og udvikling), Ikke angivet (Ingeniør og naturvidenskab)
Sprog
Dansk Læse/ tale

The Department of Educational Sociology at the Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the research project “From politics to post-politics: Young people’s engagement in a new political era” financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The position is full-time (37 hours/week) for two years. It is expected to begin on 1 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter and ends on 30 April 2023.

The position is located at DPU, Campus Emdrup, 2400 Copenhagen NV.

The Danish School of Education is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

Research context
Young people’s attitudes towards society and political engagement are changing. Today, young people’s interest in social and political issues is gaining momentum and they are becoming a rising political force in societies around the world, but they also seem to transform the political itself. Recent research shows that Danish young people occupy a particularly significant and remarkable position in this context (The International Civic and Citizenship Study 2009 & 2016 (ICCS)). The central thesis of the project is that younger generations are characterised by a post-political ‘spirit’, which detaches them from conventional forms of social and political engagement.

This project will explore new forms of political engagement among young people in Denmark. Based on a qualitative study of young people, one group aged 19 and a second group aged 26, the project will investigate young people’s attitudes toward society and political engagement, and their development and formation of political identity over time. Based on data from ICCS 2009 and 2016 (respondent aged 14), the project will be able to identify and pursue the early characteristics of these two age groups.

In addition, the project will conduct a minor theoretical and historical study of what characterises the current transformation of “the political” and of young people’s political engagement from the 1960s to the present. The purpose of this theoretical and historical study is to frame and provide context for the qualitative study.

The position
The primary task of the postdoc will be to:

  • develop new methodological approaches that focus on young people’s political formation
  • conduct interviews
  • produce an analysis of the interviews.
A central ethnographical task within the project will be to identify and make contact with young people, as the project will recruit informants across regions in Denmark, educational background, and positions in the labour market.

The postdoc will also be responsible for a minor study (based on previous research and historical sources) on the substantial changes in young people’s political engagement from the 1960s and youth rebellion to the present. The aim of this minor study is to elaborate and contextualise the analysis of the interviews, and, furthermore, to challenge conceptions of the political and political engagement within contemporary research.

In terms of outcome, the research team (PI and posdoc) is expected to publish in international journals and present findings at scientific conferences.

Applicants are encouraged to write to the PI of the research project, Jonas Lieberkind (lieberkind@edu.au.dk), in order to get more information about the project.

The postdoc is expected to:
  • collaborate on a daily basis with the PI of the project and potential collaborators
  • develop independent research strategies and analysis, and, furthermore, develop, influence and discuss the research design whilst recognising the project’s foundation
  • engage in outreach activities in relation to youth culture, knowledge sharing and public debates in areas related to the project.

Qualifications
Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in sociology, education, ethnology, anthropology or a related social science.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a relevant, high-quality research profile, experience of international publication and research dissemination. Furthermore, the applicant must document:
  • experience working with qualitative interviews and recruiting informants
  • proven skills in qualitative research design and methodological reflections
  • experience conducting research reviews and handling historical sources.
Knowledge of youth research will be an advantage but is not a requirement.

Given the project’s empirical focus on Danish youth, proficiency in Danish will be an advantage.

Contact
For further information about the position, please contact Jonas Lieberkind: lieberkind@edu.au.dk

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum five) will not be considered.

The application must be submitted in English.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.

Shortlists are prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

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 at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 1 March 2021

 

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Udløber
31-01-2021
Kviknummer
330438646
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Sprog
Dansk Læse/ tale
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