Assistant Professor in STEM Education with Focus on Mathematics

Closing Date
WorkplaceOdense, Syddanmark, Denmark
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Southern Denmark invites applicants for a three-year position as an assistant professor in STEM Education with a focus on Teaching Mathematics. Application deadline: 1 October 2022.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is one of four departments at the Faculty of Science, SDU and located in Odense. It is focused on research and teaching in Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as specializations in teaching these disciplines at primary, secondary and tertiary level. The assistant professor will be part of the STEM Centre for Research in Science Education and Science Communication .

The department wishes to strengthen its research profile in STEM Education with a focus on Teaching Mathematics. The applicant should expand and complement our current activities, and a key part of the assistant professorship is research in the LabSTEM project, which is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation in collaboration with PI Professor Connie Svabo. Thus, we are seeking an assistant professor who aims to contribute to our centre research programme, mentor undergraduate and research students and contribute to our educational programmes and teaching activities in the areas of Mathematics Education and STEM.

A documented track record of research project leadership will be an advantage, as will a strong list of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The competence profile of the successful candidate bridges deep expertise in Mathematics Teaching as a research topic, an interest and expertise in STEM as an interdisciplinary approach to science education and organizational competence and experience.

We are seeking outstanding candidates with strong analytical and problem solving skills, who are strong in written and oral communication (in English and Danish), who have a deep understanding of the Danish educational system, and have documented experience in the development and leadership of research projects. 

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD and research background within Mathematics Education. Postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred. Documented experience with teaching, outreach and/or the ability to attract external funding will be considered an advantage.

The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in Teaching in Secondary Education and to supervise undergraduate and graduate students in Maths who specialize in Teaching Mathematics.

We offer:
  • An assistant professor position of three years followed by the possibility to apply for a position as associate professor.
  • A stimulating, collaborative, and international research environment.
  • Relevant courses in university teaching, research management, grantsmanship, and if relevant, Danish language to develop the applicant’s academic career.

To gain qualification as associate professor, an assistant professor is expected to obtain external funding to support research activities and publish in high impact peer-reviewed journals from research performed at SDU. In addition to these criteria for research excellence, the department expects the candidate to excel at teaching, as documented through teaching evaluations, and to serve on various committees.
Place of work:
STEM Centre for Research in Science Education and Science Communication, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, located at the main campus of the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Starting date and contact:
The starting date for the position is 1 January 2023, as the candidate is expected to teach from the Spring semester 2023. 

For further information please contact Professor Connie Svabon at .

Application, salary etc.
Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary  and  taxation .

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The application must include the following:
  • A curriculum vitae o A full list of publications o Copies of all publications on which the applicant wishes to be evaluated o A brief survey of the applicant’s most important research results and research plans for the next three years.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Please note that applicants are expected to have completed their PhD.

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

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Since not all members of the appointment committee are Danish-speaking, it is recommended that your application is submitted in English.

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2338468.