Department of Clinical Medicine - Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) - Faculty: Health

Postdoc position at the Interacting Minds Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine

Published 28 Feb

Deadline 19 Apr

Expected start 1 Aug

  • Department of Clinical Medicine - Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Aug 2020 - 31 Jul 2023 ID: 2939

Aarhus University, Faculty of Health, Department of Clinical Medicine, Interacting Minds Centre invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position for a new research project, ‘The New Parent Sleep Experience: sensitivity to infant signalling across genders and culture’. The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation:

The anticipated start date is 1st of August 2020 (negotiable).
The research project
Our knowledge of early parenting and its effects on sleep comes largely from studies of mothers, with fathers either overlooked or under-emphasized. As fathers constitute 50% of parents, and have become increasingly involved in childcare, this project will explore similarities and differences in how men and women respond to infant signalling and how this relates to sleep quality in new parents. This project will comprise a series of studies using complementary methods, from lab-based recordings of sleep, to large scale app-based assessments of real-world parenting behaviour. The overarching aim is to understand the fundamental responses that govern early parenting and sleep quality, how these differ in fathers and mothers, and across cultures with divergent levels of work-related support for parents.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project, and will be involved in all phases of the project, including formulating research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis and dissemination. Given the project’s varied methodological approach, this position will require a candidate who is enthusiastic about complex data analysis.

Data collection will be supported by research assistants, so there will be a requirement to supervise the work of junior team members. The position is research-oriented, with potential opportunities to teach and supervise student projects.  

The Interacting Minds Center (IMC)
The project will be hosted at IMC, a center which provides a transdisciplinary platform to study human interaction. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers from the humanities, social sciences, cognitive science, biology and medicine, among other fields. The IMC hosts weekly guest lectures and regular intensive workshops, with both international and national speakers. The Center has affiliated researchers across numerous faculties and departments at Aarhus University, with access to excellent research facilities and infrastructure at the Cognition and Behaviour Lab, and the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience. Interdisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged within this lively research environment.

Candidates must hold a PhD, preferably within one of the following areas: Psychology, Medicine, Cognitive Science, Data Science, Engineering or a related field.
Other requirements include:
  • Experience designing, analyzing, and reporting experimental, clinical, or sleep-based studies
  • Excellent analytic skills, including advanced statistical and methodological knowledge (such as multilevel modelling, Structural Equation modelling etc.)
  • Technical skills and knowledge (e.g., experience programming experimental paradigms in Psychopy, Psychtoolbox, Presentation, or general programming skills in R, Python or equivalent)
Desirable criteria (any of the following)
  • Experience with Polysomnography, EEG (or other neuroimaging methods), actigraphy or sleep measurement
  • Prior research on parenting, sleep, emotion perception, or a topic close to the project’s theme
  • Publication in international, peer-reviewed journals

For informal enquiries, please contact the project lead: Associate Professor Christine Parsons: or +4587162127

Terms of employment
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

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

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

International applicant?
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The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Christine Parsons

Christine Parsons Associate professor, School of Culture and Society - Interacting Minds Centrer +4587162127

Questions about application and proces?

HE Administrative Centre - Health HR +4521623283


Deadline: Sunday 19 Apr 2020 at 23:59 CEST

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