Postdoc in Reducing Inequality in Access to Higher Education

Aarhus, Midtjylland (DK)
15 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education

Individual postdoctoral project 1009468

Two-year postdoctoral position, starting 1 January 2019 or soon thereafter.

The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the research project “Reducing Inequality in Access to Higher Education: An Intervention Study” financed by the Danish Council for Independent Research (Social Sciences). The position is based at DPU, Aarhus Campus.

Project description
The objective of the project is to develop an intervention that can reduce social inequality in access to higher education programmes in Denmark. The intervention study will be designed to address potential academic and social challenges that might prevent less privileged upper secondary (gymnasium) students from choosing university studies. In order to test the effectiveness of the intervention, data from the Danish Coordinated Admission system (KOT) will be analysed in addition to register data on actual student enrolment from Statistics Denmark. Additionally, post-intervention survey data will be collected. The postdoctoral project should be thematically situated in the field of research on educational inequality and intervention implementation/evaluation.

The successful applicant is expected to have:

  • a PhD (or equivalent) in sociology, education or related social sciences
  • experience working with large-scale datasets (such as the Danish administrative registers)
  • proven skills in quantitative research methods and data analysis
  • high-quality international publications.

Basic Danish language skills will be advantageous given the empirical work in the project, but are not strictly required. Candidates who wish to apply are encouraged to obtain the full research project description from project leader David Reimer (dare@edu.au.dk).

Research proposal
The application must include a proposal of four to five pages for a postdoctoral research project that fits into the overall project. The application must be submitted in English.

Teaching and knowledge exchange
The position does not involve teaching. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to the public debate in areas related to the position.

Research environment
The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University is the largest centre for research and teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning in Denmark, with approximately 250 full-time researchers, including 80 PhD students, and approximately 5,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students.

The department’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinary and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.

Please contact Professor (MSO) David Reimer, dare@edu.au.dk for more information regarding the position.

Note that the Danish School of Education is located in both Copenhagen and Aarhus. Visit the Danish School of Education’s website: http://edu.au.dk/en/.

The position is based at Aarhus Campus. 

For questions about working at Aarhus University, visit http://talent.au.dk/working-at-aarhus-university/

For questions about relocating to Denmark, visit http://ias.au.dk/international-academic-staff-ias/

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


  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities 
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than five examples of academic production. Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

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

All applications must be made online and received by: 11.11.2018

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 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, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. 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.

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