211-0201/23-2N Tenure-track Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of the Formal Sciences

Tenure-track assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of the Formal Sciences
Department of Science Education
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Section for History and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science Education seeks an excellent scholar for a position in the history and philosophy of the formal sciences. The position is at the Tenure-track Assistant Professor level. The position is open from 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We seek candidates with a research record of relevance to scientific practice (e.g., philosophy of science in practice, integrated history and philosophy of science, socially relevant philosophy of science, or similar) in the formal sciences. Backgrounds in more traditional as well as more modern specialty areas in the history and philosophy of the formal sciences, e.g., data science, machine learning, and big data, are welcome, if they relate to scientific practice and the candidate is fully capable of teaching in all our formal science courses.

Duties and responsibilities
The position includes approximately 50% time for the candidate’s free research and approximately 50% time for other tasks – primarily teaching.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct:

  • Research, grant applications, development of the field, supervision and (depending on the level of position) research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff.
  • Departmental teaching – including supervising students, coordinating, and teaching courses for students, and preparing and conducting exams. Most of the teaching duties will relate to mandatory courses in philosophy of science for bachelor students in science programs.
  • Other tasks requested by the Department – including engaging with and participating in Department and Faculty governance structures.

Formal expectations of the candidate
Applicants must have a PhD in the history/philosophy of science with documented competences in the formal sciences (mathematics, computer science, mathematical economics or similar). Candidates must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf.

About the Department of Science Education
The department consist of approx. 80 persons and has since 2007 developed into one of the largest European research units in science education. We offer a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment and an attractive and friendly work environment. Approx. 40% of the department’s tenured researchers are international. It is a hallmark of our research to unite strong fundamental and applied research with high impact in society.

Further information on the Department is available at https://www.ind.ku.dk/english. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Jan Alexis Nielsen, janielsen@ind.ku.dk, +4535320361 or Head of Section Kristine Cecile Harper, kch@ind.ku.dk, +4535330710.

Copenhagen is one of the 10 most livable cities in the world with a rich culture within music, theater and associations (https://www.visitcopenhagen.com). Life for families is made easier by a publicly supported daycare and health care system, dual career opportunities, maternity/parental leave and six weeks of annual vacation. International candidates may find information on living and working in Denmark at https://workindenmark.dk/. Useful information is also available at The International Staff Mobility office (ISM) at the University of Copenhagen (https://ism.ku.dk/). ISM offers a variety of services to international researchers coming to and working at the University of Copenhagen.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The tenure-track programme
The tenure-track programme is a career programme and an assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics, and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the ‘final appraisal’ is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the criteria for appointment of associate professors at the University of Copenhagen.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
    • Positions held at universities/research institutions outside Denmark
    • Description of international network and relations (documented)
    • Outreach activities, i.e., popular lectures or other activities in the media
    • Grants held (as PI or project member), including career development grants
    • Professional academic services
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans and reflection on how they might relate to other research being conducted by members of the HPS section, especially those working in the formal sciences
  • A one-page reflection on how you would approach teaching philosophy of science to undergraduate students of the formal sciences
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document:
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 3 March 2024, 23:59 GMT+1

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 26 June 2024.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0201/23-2N.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Jan Alexis Nielsen


Kristine Cecile Harper
E-mail: kch@ind.ku.dk


Application deadline: 03-03-2024
Employment start: 01-09-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Science Education

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