Post Doc of Digitalization of Core Topic Teaching

University of Copenhagen Department of Science Education

Denmark

Postdoc of Digitalization of Core Topic Teaching

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is seeking two postdoctoral researchers to investigate and support the integration of digital methods and tools into selected curricula’s core subject fields and methodology. The positions are part of a University wide strategic initiative that aims at supporting digital transformation of disciplinary knowledge in the university’s educational programs. The strategic initiative includes three main tracks, aimed simultaneously at all departments across the university: i) digital literacy and basic digital competences, ii) digitalisation of the core curriculum, and iii) digital education and digitally supported didactics.

The two positions relate to track ii) (digitalisation of the core curriculum) with focus on facilitating and investigating curricular transformations and competence upgrades. They will provide research-based insights and contribute to the digitalisation of UCPH’s core subject teaching. This includes Data-science education, topic didactics, and digital transformation of the disciplines and associated digital methodology and tools.

The work will be tied to development and capacity building initiatives supporting the university staff's ability to integrate digital methods and tools in their teaching.

We are searching for two candidates with different profiles (described in more detail below); one related to social science, law, and the humanities and the other towards science, health and medicine. Both of these candidates should have research competencies and interest within university pedagogy and didactics, digitalization of scientific practice, and digital methods. The scope includes ethical and methodological challenges that are related to digitizing disciplinary subject fields and methods, as well as problems related to building competences/capacity and facilitating change in a complex comprehensive university organization.

These postdocs will work as a team to:

  1. Describe and understand the state of the art by investigating and describing core subject field digital transformations in research and scholarly teaching through literature and expert interviews.
  2. Collect and describe best practices at UCPH and other relevant institutions.
  3. Conduct design-based intervention research suggesting and testing approaches and designs that support core digital transformation within subject fields and methodologies at the university. That is developing the university's capacity to teach digital methods in the various disciplines.
  4. Building on (1), (2) and especially (3), the post docs, will analyse and formalize knowledge about both methods, approaches, disciplinary and pedagogical transformations.

Profile 1: Humanities, Social Science, and Law

In social science and humanities there is an increasing focus on the possibilities of using digital data and methods to explore new questions and phenomena as well as to address old questions in new ways. Data sources such as discussions on social media platforms, large corpora of digital texts (e.g. libraries and Wikipedia), hashtags and links, allow for example hypothesis testing, network analysis, and natural language processing. Furthermore, data visualizations such as heatmaps and interaction networks are included in scholarly argumentation in humanities, social science, and law. These new disciplinary methods in social science and the humanities, suggest that students/teachers obtain some level of digital competencies but it also changes how academic work (in a broader sense) is done. Work in labs and academic societies evolving around specific tools and methods are examples of such transformation within the humanities and social science.     

Profile 2: Data Science and the data driven transformation of science, health, and medicine

In most scientific disciplines (biology, physics etc.) collection and analysis of data, as well as modelling and simulations are done with digital tools and methods. This is not new. However, these tools and methods are currently changing from being practical automation and blackboxing of processes otherwise done as human algebraic manipulations and calculations, towards a more radical methodological and epistemological change. This includes anything from in silico mathematical biology, over bioinformatics and virtual labs to large-scale hypotheses generation using machine learning and artificial intelligence on ever increasing structured and unstructured data collections. Although many such methods are now part of state-of-the art in much scientific and medical research, they need domestication to find their way into main-stream scientific practices and the core curricula of most educational programs through, e.g., computational thinking and similarly data science/machine learning for non-experts. The research project should evolve around the investigation of the prerequisites and consequences of digitization, e.g. new methods and new ways of asking questions and how will digitization influence curricula.

For both profiles, the applicants are expected to submit a transdisciplinary research plan that contains:

  1. A problem statement: describing the concern and specific problem to be addressed. This could include cognitive, pedagogical, technical and disciplinary concerns
  2. State of the art - describing research related to the problem statement
  3. Interventional approach: how the project will explore and push the disciplinary transformation of key aspects of the university's education program from first ideas to formalization through new learning outcomes and curriculum changes.
  4. Research Method - how data and knowledge will be collected and analysed throughout the project
  5. Expected contributions
    1. To research
    2. To UCPH’s transformation of digital aspects of the university’s educational program and associated competences of the teaching staff.

The postdocs’s duties will include research as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

The positions are affiliated with the Center for Digital Education which is a joint effort between Department of Science Education and Department of Computer Science, which aims at connecting experts from computer science and science education to explore the possibilities and consequences of the digitalization disciplinary work in the educational system.

The Department of Science Education (DSE) focuses on the specific nature of challenges related to science teaching, learning and research. DSE is positioned under the Faculty of SCIENCE at the University of Copenhagen, and is the largest science didactics unit in Denmark. The research field of DSE is science education, science studies and science university pedagogy and the department takes care of teaching these subjects at the study programs at SCIENCE.

Further information on the Department is linked at www.ind.ku.dk . Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Morten Misfeldt, misfeldt@ind.ku.dk.

The position is open from January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Sunday 30 August 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held on week 39, from 21 September to 25 September 2020.  

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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.

Info

Application deadline: 30-08-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Science Education


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