Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and Cognitive Semiotics
University of Aarhus, School of Communication and Culture

The position

The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics (LICS) at the School of Communication and Culture has a strong research environment focused on experimental and computational modelling approaches to human cognition and behaviour; cognitive, functional and usage-based approaches to documenting, describing and analysing languages and social interaction; and cognitive semiotics. LICS offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes within the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and cognitive semiotics.


We are seeking an associate professor with significant expertise in social co-ordination and joint action. Applicants should have a solid foundation in experimental methods in cognitive science, as well as a proven record of accomplishment in publishing high-quality experimental research on social co-ordination and joint action.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independent research trajectory within cognitive science and cognitive semiotics to contribute to the department’s research environments, and to sustain and build on existing research networks within and beyond the department. To that end, the successful applicant will be expected to contribute in particular to the development of this field internationally. The successful applicant will also be expected to integrate his or her own research with the department’s ongoing research on semiotics and communication, as well as contributing to research projects on art and experience, housed at the Interacting Minds Centre, a transdisciplinary platform for the study of human interaction.

The length of the application should not exceed 6 to 8 pages.


The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, particularly the degree programmes in cognitive science and courses in cognitive semiotics. Applicants are expected to have experience of teaching and developing curricula at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both Bachelor’s and Master’s level as well as supervising and helping to develop the careers of early-career researchers. The successful applicant will also be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field.

Knowledge exchange

It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in terms of research collaboration with private and nongovernment organisations, government consultancy, collaboration with society in general and the public dissemination of knowledge.


Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to cognitive science or cognitive semiotics. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:

  • An internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong, international peer-reviewed research publication record within the field of social coordination and joint action
  • Experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
  • Teaching and supervision competences and experience at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, including curriculum development
  • An interest in researcher talent development
  • A completed teacher training programme for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching at assistant professor level, or an equivalent qualification.

Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document

  • Time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions.
  • Experience of applying for external research funding

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

Work environment

Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.


LICS, the School of Communication and Culture, and Aarhus University respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained.

If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.

School of Communication and Culture

The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school, its research programmesdepartments, and diverse activities on its website.


For further information about the position, please contact Joshua Skewes,

For further information about applications and the appointment process, please send an email to HR supporter Helle Sindal

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