Assistant Professor in Cognitive Aspects of Human Interaction

open until filled
Social Sciences, Humanities, Cognitive Psychology, Communication
University of Southern Denmark
Odense, Denmark

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS) seeks an outstanding candidate to fill a position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Cognitive Aspects of Human Interaction.

The position is sponsored by the Department of Language and Communication and starts 1st February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The department resides at University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense

The appointment is for four years with the possibility of a subsequent two years of employment as an Associate Professor. Note that teaching obligations will be reduced in this position compared to a regular Assistant Professor position at SDU.


DIAS aims to inspire ground-breaking ideas through the meeting of minds across the sciences and humanities. DIAS engages leading academics through its weekly lectures and quarterly colloquia. There is a strong focus on talent development of young researchers who work on game-changing ideas. Eminent academics are appointed as chairs, and in that capacity form the backbone of DIAS as they catalyze activities within their field.

DIAS offers an interdisciplinary research environment, where you will interact with the strongest researchers from the five faculties at University of Southern Denmark. Furthermore, DIAS offer substantial support in applications for further external funding from prestigious national and European funding schemes, e.g., Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC starting grants.

More information about DIAS activities can be found at

Cognitive Aspects of Human Interaction

We welcome applicants working with cognitive aspects of human interaction. Applicants are assumed to do research on embodied, enactive, linguistic, sociocultural, or ecological aspects of human interaction by applying methods from, or compatible with, embodied, radical embodied, enactive, ecological, distributed, and/or situated cognitive science. Applicants are expected to pursue game-changing ideas through empirical work.

The successful candidate should have a strong international profile, a strong record of research publications, and have demonstrated exceptional potential to excel in scientific research. We expect the applicants to actively engage in the development of the research unit as well as contribute to the interdisciplinary research in DIAS.

For further information please contact Professor and Senior Fellow in DIAS, Sune Vork Steffensen, email

Application, salary, etc.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information about salary and taxation.

To qualify for the position as assistant professor you must have completed a PhD-degree by the time of employment.

An application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
  • Three letters of recommendation from acknowledged international researchers which should be submitted directly by the references to mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. Please note that these letters also need to reach us before deadline.
  • Research plan for the next three years, including description of the synergy with the Department as well as interdisciplinarity in DIAS.
  • Application and all appendices must be in English. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". To English speaking applicants, please make sure to enter the electronic application form via the English website in order to receive further information in English. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, your application may be rejected without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

SDU and DIAS wish our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. SDU was founded in 1966 and now has more than 27,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from abroad. It has more than 3,800 employees, and 115 different study programmes in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering. Its main campus is located in Odense, the third largest city in Denmark.

Odense provides family-friendly living conditions with the perfect combination of a historic city centre with an urban feel and yet a close proximity to beaches and recreational areas. Its location on the beautiful island of Funen is ideal with easy access by train or highway to the bigger cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen. As the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark‘s famous fairytale author, the city is home to a vibrant and creative population that hosts numerous festivals and markets throughout the year.

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