Research assistant in science education

Københavns Universitet (KU)

Ph.d. & forskning

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent research assistant to join the Section for Science and Mathematics Education Research and Teaching (SMART). The expected start date is 1 May, 2019.

Our research
The section pursues research into the teaching, learning and assessment of scientific and mathematical knowledge and competences at all educational levels. The section also participates in several development projects at the University of Copenhagen and externally within a wide variety of sectors. It is a hallmark of our research to unite strong fundamental and applied research with high impact in society.

The department is a vibrant workplace, with a friendly atmosphere that embraces individual differences.

Your job
We are looking for a person who can assist and take part in our research and development projects. You will have great opportunities to advance you basic research skills. If you are considering pursuing a PhD position in the field, this position can be an excellent preparation.

You will be involved in particular in the project ‘Improving Quality of Laboratory Learning at University Level’ which will account for approximately half of your workload per year.

Based on your particular skills and interests, we will consider your specific work portfolio once you start.

Your tasks will include

Arranging and systematizing results of literature database searches in Excel or comparable software.

Organizing, transcribing (and possibly aiding in the analysis of) recorded empirical data (audio and video).

Producing different types of written products in Danish and English – e.g. contributing to reports or papers.

Organizing meetings and taking minutes

Assisting the organization of research seminars – i.e. keeping membership lists updated, sending out information to members, preparing rooms for seminars, and making sure the practical/technical aspects run smoothly.

Your profile

You have either

  • a master’s degree in the natural sciences and some experiences with investigating real world practices or people – e.g. through empirical investigations during your education


  • a master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities and some experiences with educational research – preferably related to teaching or learning within the technical or natural science subjects

Beyond this, you must have the following qualifications:

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Excellent writing skills in Danish and English

Preferably you also have the following qualifications:

Familiarity with science education research

Experience with arranging data in spreadsheet software

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Section, Jan Alexis Nielsen.

The position is open from May 1st, 2019. The employment as research assistant is a full-time position for 2 years.

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 413.618 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 70.728). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the position
  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master degree or equivalent)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications

The deadline for applications is Sunday 24th of February 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.

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

Interviews will be held on week 11+12 in March 2019.

Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.

Ansøgningsfrist: 24-02-2019

Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2019

Arbejdstid: Fuldtid

Afdeling/Sted: Department of Science Education

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