31 Postdoctoral Fellowship at Aarhus University, Denmark
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Aarhus University, Denmark invites online Application for various Postdoctoral Fellowship in their different Departments. We are providing a list of Postdoc Fellowship positions available at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.
(01) Postdoctoral Fellowship Position
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Post Doc in innate immune signalling
The project focuses upon identifying the molecular mechanism whereby STING induces NFκB signalling and controls inflammation.
Postdoc summary/title: Postdoc in single-cell RNA-sequencing
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a keen interest in single-cell approaches that is able to solve problems independently and enjoys working at the interface between biology and data science in collaborative projects. Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Experience with scRNA-seq, NGS library preparation, legume-rhizobium interactions and plant molecular genetics is an advantage.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Two-year Postdoc Position in Computational Social Science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
The position is part of the research project “POLABROAD – How and Why Politicians Learn from Policies Abroad” led by Associate Professor Roman Senninger and funded by a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation. Important societal challenges, such as inflation, climate change, and pandemics, transcend national borders. As these shared problems affect different countries, policymakers often look to foreign policy solutions. But how and why do politicians select and use policies from abroad? Existing research studies international policy diffusion at highly aggregated levels (e.g., countries). Consequently, both academic and public debates lack a coherent understanding of the central actors who decide on the implementation of policies from abroad. Broadly speaking, the project seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying politicians’ selection and use of policies from other countries with a focus on how they reconcile competing considerations. The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will involve an in-depth examination of whether and how politicians address foreign policies in parliamentary debates and other forms of communication (e.g., social media). This segment of the project employs robust and reliable research designs, with a strong emphasis on computational analysis.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in phytochemical and microbial regulation of plant parasitic nematodes
The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is offering a postdoctoral position in phytochemical and microbial mediated regulation of root-knot nematode infectivity, starting 01-03-2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a 2-year period. You will be part of a research environment focusing on mechanisms of interactions between plants and the root-associated biota, including plant parasitic nematodes and microorganisms. You will be working on the project “Phytochemical recruitment of pest suppressive root microbiomes” funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation The project aims to elucidate mechanisms behind phytochemically mediated modulation of root microbiomes and their effects on root-knot nematode infectivity. You will be involved in the design of experiments, where you will be analyzing interactions between root microbiome taxonomic and functional composition, root metabolites and root-knot nematode suppression/infectivity. You will be main responsible for the execution of experiments and the preparation of libraries for amplicon and shot-gun sequencing. Further, you will be investigating effects of microbial consortia on the gene expression in plants and nematodes. You will collaborate with our partners at University of Helsinki, who will be responsible for the root metabolomic analyses.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: 2-yr Postdoc on making biodiversity inventories more efficient
The project aims to enhance ways of making biodiversity inventories more rapid and less dependent on the species identification skills of individual researchers. Out of the many possible approaches, the project will focus on one or a few that are deemed to be most promising and feasible, given the personal interests and prior expertise of the postdoc. To test the approaches, we will use both already existing material and new material to be collected during coming field trips. The postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and actively collaborate with other team members, including students and researchers based at other institutions. Participation in field work is also possible. The postdoc is expected to lead at least two high-quality papers in this research area and contribute to public outreach and teaching.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in Satellite Communications and Networks at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Networks and Analytics research group at Aarhus University is engaged in wireless communications and satellite networks research for advancing next-generation communication infrastructure. We are focused on exploring the potential of space technology and connectivity solutions. Our team comprises devoted scientists, engineers, and forward-thinkers who share a commitment to enriching worldwide communication via cutting-edge satellite systems. We invite you to be part of our journey in shaping the future of global communication from the vantage point of space. We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Engineer in Satellite Communications to contribute to our ongoing projects and research initiatives. As a key member of our team, you will collaborate with world-class experts in the field to advance state-of-the-art satellite communication technologies. You will have the opportunity to work on groundbreaking projects that will have a lasting impact on global connectivity and space research.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in neuroimmunology
Protection of the brain against infections is essential to maintain brain homeostasis. Herpesviruses are neurotropic viruses, and can cause diseases in the CNS, including encephalitis and meningitis. In addition, there is emerging understanding of how herpesvirus infections may promote development of neurodegenerative diseases. Despite this, there is limited knowledge on the mechanisms through which herpesviruses affect disease processes in neurons and glia cells. This project aims to uncover immunological processes involved in host defense against viral CNS infections, decipher how they are manipulated by viruses, and describe how these processes contribute to disease development.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoctoral positions in Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University, Denmark, a top 100 university, is seeking top early-career researchers for a number of attractive two to three year postdoctoral positions within Mathematics and Probability Theory. The positions have February 1st 2024 as earliest possible start date. Applicants in all areas of Mathematics and Probability Theory covered by the research groups of the department will be considered. In particular, there will be postdoc stipends available in the areas listed here: https://math.au.dk/en/about/vacancies/postdoc/ When applying, you will be asked to indicate, which – if any – of the areas listed on the page above are of interest to you. The list includes positions covering functional analysis, probability theory, number theory, and automorphic forms. The list may be updated with new areas up until the deadline for application.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: 16-month postdoctoral position in Cluster Algebras and Cluster Categories, Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University invites applications for a 16-month postdoctoral position in Cluster Algebras and Cluster Categories, available from 15 April, 2024. This position is part of the project “Cluster algebras and invariants”. The main focus is the study of cluster categories, in particular infinite rank versions, under the lens of completion theories of triangulated categories. Familiarity working with these examples is desired, and a strong background on derived categories of finite dimensional algebras is required, as is knowledge of fundamental ideas from cluster algebras. Applicants should have a strong record of original scientific research at a high international level, and should have a PhD degree in an area related to triangulated categories. The Department of Mathematics currently employs 20 permanent scientific staff members in the traditional pure mathematical disciplines, Algebra, Analysis, Geometry and Topology, as well as 13 people in Stochastics and 5 people in the Centre for Science Studies.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in Experimental Surface Science and Catalysis
In the project, you will become part of a team that investigates the surface structure and chemical properties of catalysts used for treatment of renewable bio-oils. The aim of the project is to develop insight needed to understand the capacity of these catalysts to remove O from bio-oil in renewable fuel production. As a postdoc you will develop and lead a research activity within experimental characterization of metalsulfide model catalysts using in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and synchrotron photoemission spectroscopy, including near-ambient-pressure XPS (NAP-XPS). The successful candidate will become part of an industry/academia consortium (HyProFuel) that seeks to develop better catalysts for treatment of bio-oil to green fuel. At the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) you will work in the experimental surface science group of Prof. Jeppe V. Lauritsen.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in TILs, Cancer, and Metabolic Reprogramming
We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Researcher to join our dynamic research team focused on studying tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), cancer metabolism, and metabolic reprogramming. As Postdoc in the group, your position is primarily research-based. You will be part of a rich intellectual and collaborative environment and have access to state-of-the-art facilities within the Department. The position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of cancer immunotherapy and metabolic regulation, with the goal of advancing our understanding of tumor immunology and developing innovative therapeutic strategies.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc position in the Pig-Paradigm project
Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Aarhus University, invites highly qualified applicants for a postdoc position within the Pig-Paradigm project from 15/2-2024 or soon thereafter, focusing on identifying inflammation markers during pathogenic enteric acute and chronic inflammation in piglets. The position is a fulltime, fixed-term position for 2 years. You can read more about Pig-Paradigm here: https://novonordiskfonden.dk/en/news/researchers-mobilis e-to-combat-antimicrobial-resistance/. The successful candidate will become an essential member of a multidisciplinary team of scientists from Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University, Wageningen University, and University of California-Davis. The overall research aim of the Pig-Paradigm project is to prevent infection in the gut of developing piglets, thereby reducing the use of antibiotics, and thus reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistance – by disentangling the interface of diet, the host, and the gastrointestinal microbiome.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Post Doctoral Researcher in Verified Self-Adaptive Systems at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
In the realm of cyber-physical systems, ensuring the trustworthiness of self-adaptation processes is a pivotal challenge. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University hopes to address this challenge by developing a comprehensive approach that involves the analysis, modeling, and verification of self-adaptation loops. This innovative goal is shared with other partner universities such as York University, University of Antwerp, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Danish Technological Institute, Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF, and with companies such as PAL Robotics and Simula Research Lab. The project aims to establish a standardized framework for describing and validating the safety and performance checks within adaptation processes. We are therefore looking for a postdoctoral researcher with long term career prospects at AU, who will specialize in the intersection between formal methods and control systems (with higher emphasis on the former and a working knowledge of the latter), and whose contributions will affect not only the aforementioned project but also other ongoing projects digital-twin related projects.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in ungulate microbiology
The candidate will be part of the research project Functional implications of changes in the rumen microbiome (MICROFUNC), focusing on the responses of the muskox rumen microbiome and its functions to changes in plant quality. The project includes experimental and lab work conducted in Fairbanks, Alaska, and additional lab analyses in Roskilde, Denmark and Umeå, Sweden. The successful candidate will lead the experimental work and the concomitant metabarcoding, metabolomics and other lab analyses.The position is ideally suited to postdocs with interests in ungulate ecology, molecular microbiology, and metabolomics.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: One or more postdoc(s) in Genetic Engineering of Dendritic Cells
We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Researcher to join our dynamic research team focused on the genetic engineering of pDCs. As Postdoc in the group, your position is primarily research-based. You will be part of a rich intellectual and collaborative environment and have access to state-of-the-art facilities within the Department. The position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of immunotherapy and make significant strides in the fight against cancer.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc position in Deep Learning for Financial Investor Networks Analysis
The main objective of this multidisciplinary project is to study financial investor networks, and propose and develop new deep learning methods, including convolutional neural networks, transformers, recurrent and graph neural networks, for solving the key problem of analyzing and predicting the behaviour of individual investors that can meet empirical observations from real-world markets, and to explain interactions between different investor categories. We will follow a purely data-driven approach, rooted in Deep Learning models that can encode graph structures naturally appearing in financial networks. The project includes interaction and collaboration with our international collaborators in an interdisciplinary team of experts in machine learning and computational finance. Research outcomes are expected to be disseminated through publications at top-tier international journals and conferences in machine learning and computational finance, and public software prototypes.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in SAXS on multifunctional nanotechnology-based materials
Are you interested in advanced X-ray characterization of new multifunctional nanotechnology-based materials for complex wound healing applications? Then, the Department of Chemistry and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) invite you to apply for a 2-year postdoc position. You will be part of the large inter-institutional EU-funded NABIHEAL project, which aims to develop new materials as an affordable alternative to existing materials.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Postdoc in cell biology
The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of cell biology as per 1 January 2024 (negotiable). The position is a fixed-term full time position for two years with possibility of extension for suitable candidates. The department of Biomedicine prioritises diversity and a good work environment, as this is a prerequisite for groundbreaking research. In a dynamic and international research environment, dedicated employees are looking to generate new knowledge within biomedical research areas such as infection and inflammation, membranes, neuroscience and personalised medicine. The Department of Biomedicine provides research-based teaching of the highest quality and is responsible for a large part of the medical degree programme. Academic staff contribute to the teaching. English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The department employs approx. 500 people from all over the world, and they make use of the department’s modern laboratory-, core- and animal facilities. The Department of Biomedicine focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration with business and industry, and numerous researchers from the department have established companies to develop new medicinal treatments founded in strong scientific basic research. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in Deep Learning based Segmentation of Cardiac Substructures
The Department of Clinical Medicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of Deep Learning based Segmentation of Cardiac Substructures as per 1 December 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term 2 year half-time position, with 18,5 hours per week. As a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science research department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialities and takes place in close collaboration with the university hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. We have approx. 30,000 square metres of modern research facilities for experimental surgery and medicine, animal facilities and also advanced scanners at our disposal. The department has overall responsibility for the Master’s degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department we are approx. 670 academic employees, 500 PhD students and 160 technical/administrative employees who are cooperating across disciplines. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc position in the Data-Intensive Systems Group at Computer Science, Aarhus University
A fulltime postdoc position is available in the Data-Intensive Systems group, Department of Computer Science ( https://cs.au.dk ) at Aarhus University. The position is part of the project “Connecting the dots: Improving value of an Arctic Observation System through machine learning” funded by Villum Fonden Denmark (https://cs.au.dk/news-events/villum-synergy-grants-to-assent-and-karras). The project brings together researchers from computer science and marine ecology to create new methods to improve data quality to be able to better quantify the rate of climate changes and impacts on ecosystems. Successful applicants must demonstrate an ability to publish their work in top-ranked database or similarity search research outlets. Key topics include time series analysis, data modelling and data analysis. The applicant should have a strong interest in engaging in interdisciplinary research as well as in developing methods with an impact in science. The responsibilities include research on the above topics in collaboration with other staff and project partners, along with modest teaching and service tasks.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: One or more 3-year Postdoc positions in Autobiographical Memory and Morality
Everyday life is filled with concerns and norms for morality, such as concerns for the welfare of others, fairness, and honesty. Yet, the role of morality has been scarcely addressed in research on autobiographical memory—that is, memory for the personal past. The aim of this project is to establish a new foundation for the study of autobiographical memory rooted in the hypothesis of a fundamental interplay between morality and memory. The Postdoc will work on this project in collaboration with, and supervised by, professor Dorthe Berntsen as well as other members of our national and international team. The applicant should have a PhD in psychology or closely related fields. The applicant must have a genuine interest in developing and conducting research projects addressing the interplay between autobiographical memory and morality. The applicant must also have concrete knowledge of, and experience with, research on autobiographical memory. In addition, we expect the applicant to have experience with conducting online studies using crowdsourcing platforms, psychometric tests, coding of verbal data, and to be a competent user of statistics programs, such as SPSS.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in Social Media Influence
This collective IRFD project studies social media as infrastructures for influence in times of crises in which media are important sources of information. The larger IRFD project’s major contributions are to create (1) new understandings of the characteristics of influence on social media and new typologies of actors, (2) new methods to investigate influential actors, and (3) empirical results on which citizen’s demographic profiles are affected and where on Facebook and YouTube, as well as how citizens experience being influenced by actors who use false information. The larger project is divided into four work packages (WPs) with complementary aims:
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in CRISPR data science
The research project is a collaborative project supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation data science programme, a collaboration between Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen (AU). The aim of this research project is to develop a more accurate and robust deep learning model for CRISPR design. To achieve this, large scale in-cell CRISPR gene editing data will be generated using the CRISPR TRAP-Seq and SURRO-seq technologies developed by hosting research group. The research project that you are going to carry out at the hosting lab (www.dream.au.dk) at the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, is to design, generate, and analyse large scale CRISPR on-target and off-target activity data. The high-quality data will be further used for the development of better CRISPR prediction tools in collaboration the research team from UCPH.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc position – food protein matrix functionality
The Department of Food Science, Aarhus University (Denmark), invites applications for a 1.5 year postdoc position within physical chemistry and rheology of food proteins, in particular their structure formation and changes occurring during processing and digestion. The starting date is 1. January, 2024, or subject to mutual agreement. To respond to some of the most critical societal changes of the next decade, we need to reduce the CO2 in food production and explore new ways to produce food protein more sustainably. We are looking for a successful, competent and motivated candidate, who will develop and support the research project at the intersection of protein chemistry, food physics and functional properties. The Postdoc position is part of the Food technology group at the Department of Food Science and may also include teaching and dissemination activities, as well as supervision of students. You are expected to complement and grow your expertise, and to actively participate and deliver on projects carried out in one of the most dynamic groups in food science at Aarhus University. You will have many opportunities to connect with other research partners, and collaborate with PhD and other post doctoral fellows, in cross-disciplinary collaborations with other research groups both national and international as well as with industrial partners.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Chemical Engineering postdoc position for CO2 to microbial Protein
The project will focus on a new, disruptive biotechnological approach to change how our society produces food, in particular protein, to feed a 10-billion world population. We are pursuing a radically different approach to produce protein from CO2 and electrical energy by using a microbial-, and not plant-based, platform in a two-stage anaerobic microbial fermentation system. Renewable energy is utilized to split water into H2 and O2. Acetogenic bacteria ferment H2 plus CO2 to produce acetate in the first fermentation stage, which is fed into a second fermentation stage to produce many different protein products in aerobic fungi. Shifting from animal-based protein production to efficient and versatile biotechnology-based protein production is required to feed the world. We are looking for a postdoctoral research associate that can provide engineering solutions through optimization of the integrated two-stage fermentation system. The person would use her/his knowledge on material and energy balances and on first principles to optimize the system within a team of microbiologists, bioprocess engineers, and food scientists. The further development of a techno-economic analysis and a plan for further scale up to a 1,000 liter system would also be part of the opportunities to work on.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Bioprocess Engineering postdoc position for CO2 to microbial Protein
The project will focus on a new, disruptive biotechnological approach to change how our society produces food, in particular protein to feed a 10-billion world population. We are pursuing a radically different approach to produce protein from CO2 and electrical energy by using a microbial-, and not plant-based, platform in a two-stage anaerobic microbial fermentation system. Renewable energy is utilized to split water into H2 and O2. Acetogenic bacteria ferment H2 plus CO2 to produce acetate in the first fermentation stage, which is fed into a second fermentation stage to produce many different protein products in aerobic fungi. Shifting from animal-based protein production to efficient and versatile biotechnology-based protein production is required to feed the world. We are looking for a postdoctoral research associate that can optimally integrate the first fermentation stage with the second fermentation stage. For this we envision a person that is trained as a bioprocess engineer from within the fields of biotechnology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or the ones alike. The person would not only work on how to best integrate the two fermentation stages to reduce chemical inputs, but also on how to achieve the highest carbon conversion efficiency possible from CO2 to protein.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Postdoc: Unleashing the potential of biomolecular condensates in enzyme biotechnology
Recently, it has been discovered cells contain a wide variety of membrane-less organelles also known as biomolecular condensates. Many of these condensates are believed to act as reaction crucibles for enzymatic processes – accelerating reactions by bringing together enzymes and substrates, and by creating a more favorable chemical environment for the reactions to occur. On the other hand, other condensates quench chemical reactions by embedding molecules into a physically arrested state – suggesting that it is non-trivial to predict the effects of condensate on enzymes. In this project, we aim to design new condensates to act as hosts for enzymatic cascades. We will initially focus on natural compounds from the flavonoid family and attempt to engineer condensates that boost the efficiency and specificity of the pathway. The project will involve experimental microbiology, biochemistry and biophysics but may also involve theoretical elements of quantitative modelling. There will be considerable room for the successful candidate to shape the project within the overall project theme. Further details about the project will be provided for short-listed candidates. The candidate will become part of a young and dynamic research group currently consisting of the PI, 7 postdocs, 4 PhD students, a research technician, and a variable number of students. The research group has a newly renovated lab space with excellent facilities for protein science research. There will be direct access to advanced biophysical infrastructure in the biophysics core facility headed by the PI, and the department’s bioimaging and proteomics core.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Post Doc Position on macroalgal blue carbon in the Arctic
Marine vegetated ecosystems support carbon storage, so-called blue carbon, as well as multiple other ecosystem functions. The role of macroalgae for carbon cycling and storage is challenging to quantify because macroalgal detritus is exported by ocean currents to sinks beyond the habitats and documentation of the storage therefore requires fingerprinting methods to document the macroalgal origin. The project involves studying these fluxes from the coastal habitat, tracing macroalgae in Arctic marine sediments by eDNA and stable isotopes and evaluating the contribution of macroalgae to carbon storage. The Post Doc is expected to contribute to analyses of field- and experimental information on macroalgal eDNA and decomposition in marine sediments, bioinformatic- and statistical analyses, and writing of scientific papers. The position also involves project management as well as contribution to further establish eDNA methods and developing mapping, monitoring and management strategies for Nordic/Arctic blue carbon habitats.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc in tillage and cover cropping effects on biomass production and nitrogen leaching
The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is offering a fulltime postdoctoral position in effects of tillage and cover cropping on biomass production and nitrogen leaching, starting March 1st 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a 3-year period. You will be part of a research environment focusing on soil management, soil fertility and the impact of agroecosystems on climate and the environment. You will be contributing to specifically the area of soil and crop management and nitrogen dynamics. And the main focus of your position will be on the effects of soil tillage, cover cropping and crop rotation on biomass production and nitrogen leaching. You will work experimentally with already established field experiments including the long-term tillage and rotation trials (CENTS). We expect that you will be an important part of the research environment and that you will contribute positively to the social working environment. We also expect that you will take part in our teaching activities and that you will report research results in high-impact scientific journals.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoc position in Human-Computer Interaction for Extended Reality at Aarhus University
At Aarhus University and the Danish Pioneer Center for Artificial Intelligence, we invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher with experience at the intersection of Human-computer Interaction (HCI), Virtual/Augmented/Extended Reality (XR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The position is part of our current research aim, to render 3D/XR user interfaces more usable, accessible, and efficient through the use of novel physiological sensors (e.g. eye, hand, and body tracking) and AI-driven technologies. Research encompasses the areas of HCI, XR, and Eye-tracking. Interesting research spaces, among others, include multimodal interfaces, adaptive interaction, eye based interaction, collaborative tools in MR / Metaverse, computer-aided design, 3D UI design, and AR industrial use cases.
Postdoc Fellowship Position summary/title: Postdoctoral position: Wellbeing, Schooling and Students’ Subjectivities
Schools are among the most influential settings for young people’s wellbeing. Nevertheless, much research reduces schools to sites for measuring or promoting wellbeing, which results in conceptualizations disconnected from the distinctive task of schools – education and formation of the self. There is a lack of theoretical groundwork attentive to the complexity of the school environment and the processes in which wellbeing is negotiated, configured and enacted. The project “Paradoxes of Learning to Be Well: Re-examining the Curriculization of Wellbeing”, led by Professor Venka Simovska, aims to problematize the taken-for-granted assumptions and generate new ways of thinking about development pathways, intricacies and consequences of the formalization of wellbeing as a mandatory educational goal in public primary and lower secondary education in Denmark. Informed by poststructuralism and postcritical theory, the key guiding research questions include: How is wellbeing framed in educational policies, guidelines and measurement frameworks, and how do these framings affect the dynamics of everyday school life and students’ experiences of schooling? In addition to contributing to scholarship by advancing the theoretical understanding of wellbeing contextualized in education, the project strives to offer new ways of thinking about wellbeing with a potentially significant social impact.
Aarhus University is the largest and second oldest research university in Denmark. The university belongs to the Coimbra Group, the Guild, and Utrecht Network of European universities and is a member of the European University Association.
The university was founded in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1928 and comprises five faculties in Arts, Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences, Health, and Business and Social Sciences and has a total of twenty-seven departments. It is home to over thirty internationally recognised research centres, including fifteen Centres of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The university is ranked among the top 100 world’s best universities. The business school within Aarhus University, called Aarhus BSS, holds the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Equis accreditation, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This makes the business school of Aarhus University one of the few in the world to hold the so-called Triple Crown accreditation. Times Higher Education ranks Aarhus University in the top 10 of the most beautiful universities in Europe (2018).
The university’s alumni include Bjarne Stroustrup, the inventor of programming language C++, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark and a Secretary General of NATO.
Nobel Laureate Jens Christian Skou (Chemistry, 1997), conducted his groundbreaking work on the Na/K-ATPase in Aarhus and remained employed at the university until his retirement. Two other nobel laureates: Trygve Haavelmo (Economics, 1989) and Dale T. Mortensen (Economics, 2010). were affiliated with the university.
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