Head of department for Department of Learning and Philosophy

Aalborg (Kommune), Nordjylland (DK)
07 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of department for Department of Learning and Philosophy, University of Aalborg 

University of Aalborg seeks a professional and visionary head of department to take charge of the continued development of Department of Learning and Philosophy.
Department of Learning and Philosophy
Department of Learning and Philosophy was established as a cross-faculty department in Aalborg in 2003. Since then the department has established a branch in Copenhagen’s Southern Harbour. Today the two parts of the department form a well-run and dynamic organisation characterized by the high level of engagement of the employees, relating to concrete tasks and to the continued development of the work and study environment in which high levels of academic competence and mutual respect is central.
At the department research and educational activities are conducted based on a broad humanistic and social sciences approach to learning as a concept and process. Within philosophy, research and educational activities are conducted with special focus on applied philosophy.

The eight research groups of the department cover a wide range of themes and areas of expertise. Consequently, the department is able to enter into many different research and development projects within specific areas as well as into larger research activities, which require broad knowledge within learning and philosophy. Researchers and students continually take part in many research and development projects with external partners both domestic and abroad. It is therefore a hallmark of the department to have many collaborative relationships, which also contributes to the development of the department. 

Department of Learning and Philosophy has experienced vigorous growth in the last couple of years within number of employees, students and external relationships. Today a primary focus of the head of department will be to consolidate and further develop the department based on this growth. 

As head of department you will be responsible for managing the department with the involvement of its employees, participate actively in the management teams both at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences, and contribute to the management of the entire university through committees and steering groups. You will have overall responsibility for the core activities of the department within research, education and knowledge collaboration. You will be responsible for the professional management, the staff management and the administrative management of the department, including planning and allocation of tasks, quality assurance and coherence of research and teaching, as well as continual resource prioritization between research, teaching and knowledge collaboration. The task includes management of two units of almost equal size – in Aalborg and Copenhagen – which requires your presence to a significant extent at both locations. 
In the next couple of years new and exciting areas of focus for the head of department is expected to be e.g. the development of a Centre for University Pedagogy and Education Management, including further development of initiatives within IT and learning and the continued reinforcement of the international profile of the department. The strategy of the department is available here. 
The head of department reports to both deans and is part of the faculty management at both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The primary management interaction with the head of department is handled by the dean at the Faculty of Humanities on behalf of both deans. 
Your profile
As head of department you must be a recognized researcher within one of the academic areas of the department and in addition you must have experience with and knowledge of scientific staff management. You must be motivated by being a manager, and in your role as a manager you must be capable of both creating a suitable framework for the development of your department as well as participate constructively in the management of the faculties and the university as a whole. Proficient in Danish/Scandinavian and English at negotiation level.
Professional qualifications and experiences

  • Experience with teaching and research management
  • The ability and experience to motivate and engage with different disciplinary groups and staff groups 
  • Knowledge of the department’s core disciplinary areas and a fundamental knowledge of the university world 
  • Flair and interest for accounting and resource planning 
  • Insight into cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • A well-functioning national and international network 
  • Experience with knowledge collaboration and with raising external funding for research activities
  • Proficient in Danish/Scandinavian and English at negotiation level 

Personal qualifications

  • Interest and eye for creating strong disciplinary environments as well as a good and safe working environment
  • The ability to think and work strategically within research and education
  • Eye for organizing and setting the framework for efficient operations
  • Ability to lead through managers and to create cohesion in a world of self-managing people
  • The ability to create a common understanding of goals, identity and opportunities
  • Persistent and robust by nature with the ability to handle a high work load

Additional information 
Additional information regarding the position is available by contacting Dean Henrik Halkier (+45 2076 2004/mail hum-dekan@aau.dk), or CEO Jan Thomsen, Ramsdal Executive, (phone no. +45 40 40 77 19/mail: jth@ramsdalgruppen.dk) who is assisting AAU in the recruitment process.
Appointment as of 1st January 2019 or soon thereafter.

Salary and terms
Appointment is subject to a limited tenure consisting of a 5-year term, renewable for up to three years without advertising. It is possible to negotiate research time for the position to a limited extent. 

The terms of appointment and salary will be based on the Agreement for Academics in Denmark and its relevant protocol to Agreement for Academics in Denmark for department heads and deans at Danish universities, together with the circular on fixed-term employment.
It is possible to negotiate individual qualification-based supplements. Additionally, it may be possible to enter into an agreement regarding reinstatement as associate professor or professor at the expiration of the fixed-term appointment. Reinstatement may take place after a positive academic assessment in accordance with the position structure for scientific staff at universities, pursuant to the Appointment Order.
Aalborg University must receive your application electronically, including attached CV, and other relevant documentation. To apply click here . You will be forwarded to the Danish version of the advertisement. Go to the bottom of the page and open the link "søg stillingen online" and fill out the application form. Please note that the application form is in Danish. 
Application deadline is 28 October 2018. 
It is the intent of AAU to reflect the surrounding society and diversity is a core value. Accordingly, everyone is encouraged to apply for the position regardless of personal background and orientation.
Aalborg University (AAU) is a dynamic, private research and education institution under supervision of the Minister for Higher Education and Science. AAU offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences. 
For more information, please go to www.aau.dk
Department of Learning and Philosophy operates cross-disciplinary and internationally with pedagogical innovation and didactics, organizational learning, education and assessment, techno-anthropology and applied philosophy. The department is rooted in both the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department has research activities and employees at the campuses of Aalborg University in Aalborg and Copenhagen. Research is organized into six research groups. 
Today Learning and Philosophy has approx. 1000 students in its various programmes and approx. 200 employees at its two main locations in Aalborg and Copenhagen 
For further information, please go to the website of the department: www.learning.aau.dk/