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Aarhus University

Aarhus University

Indrykket 08-01-2019

Two postdoc positions at the Interacting Minds Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine 1019398

Aarhus University, Faculty of Health, Department of Clinical Medicine, Interacting Minds Centre seeks to fill two vacant full-time positions as postdoc in the interdisciplinary, anthropological project: Borderlands of living. Tracing states of (un-)consciousness between the irreversible and the potential


The positions are a fixed-term employment of 30 months and runs from 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2021.


You will be employed with reference to associate professor Mette Terp Høybye.


The project: Borderlands of living

Half of the people experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), who are initially comatose, have uncertain prognosis. In this space of uncertainty, the project explores the high-stake collaboration and negotiation of researchers and clinicians working to break new ground in prognostics of unresponsive patients with uncertain consciousness, as they seek to distinguish between the irreversible vegetative state and the state of potential progression, minimally conscious, in people with anoxic brain injury after OHCA.

To trace the uncertainties of prognostics, at the intersection of scientific and clinical reasoning, when looking for unambiguous signs of consciousness, this study carves out new trails in the conversations about the ethics of medical technologies and treatment, while critically examining the relationality of knowledge and methodological innovation.


The project is intended as a multi-sited anthropological fieldwork.


The positions

These postdoc positions aim at generating knowledge about the uncertainties of prognostics, at the intersection of scientific and clinical reasoning, when looking for unambiguous signs of consciousness. In collaboration with the research team, each post doc will, with outset in an individual research plan and project focus, be exploring questions about implications of knowledge making in the particular field of where researchers and clinicians collaborate to develop new prognostic methods for unresponsive patients with uncertain consciousness following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.


The postdocs could be focused on questions related to the implications of knowledge making, the navigation of ethics of hope, or how the embodied experience of the object of research affects attention and analysis, when investigating potential consciousness.


The positions are located in a small research group at the Interacting Minds Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University. The postdocs will be expected to collaborate closely with fellow researchers in the project, with colleagues at the Interacting Minds Centre, at the Department of Clinical Medicine and at Silkeborg Regional Hospital.

The positions are funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.


Qualification requirements

The applicants must


  • Hold a successfully completed PhD in social science (e.g. anthropology, sociology, STS, cognitive sciences) or medical humanities, preferably with a focus on topics closely related to the research project.

  • Demonstrate extensive experience in qualitative research methods such as ethnographic fieldwork and interviewing. Experience with or ideas for experimental anthropological methods are welcomed.

  • Candidates for both positions must be fluent in spoken and written English.

  • The candidate for one position must be able to fluently speak and understand Danish, due to the particularly sensitive field of research where the ethnographic work will be carried out.



Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following


  • Experience with interdisciplinary research and collaboration

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and academic output

  • The applicants scientific record, academic relevance and other professional experience in relation to the job description and specific nature of the project

  • Participation in professional networks, both national and international

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills



Terms of employment

The workplace affiliation will be shared between Interacting Minds Centre, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483, Aarhus and the Interdisciplinary Research Unit, Elective Surgery Centre, Silkeborg Regional Hospital, Falkevej 1, Silkeborg.



For further details, please contact associate professor Mette Terp Høybye. Email: hoybye@clin.au.dk; Phone: +45 61106066


Required qualifications

Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.


Formalities and references





Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications, a research plan for the 30-month postdoc project (3 pages) as well as a teaching portfolio. Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under Other information to consider. A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted.


Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the facultys Guidelines for applicants for academic positions and Aarhus Universitys Guidelines on the use of teaching portfolios.


The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its assessment. In such cases, the applicant will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless the application is withdrawn.


Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form below or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.


All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.



All applications must be made online and received by: 31/1/2019


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Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.


Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 40,000 students and 8,000 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 860 million. Learn more at www.au.dk/en.

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