Postdoctoral Positions in Datafied Organisations and Welfare
University of Copenhagen Department of Communication

Postdoctoral positions in Datafied organisations and welfare

The Center for Tracking & Society at the Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for one or two full-time postdoctoral positions for a duration of 2 years in Datafied organisations and welfare to be filled by 1. January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job content  
The position is part of the Datafied Living research project which runs 2021-2025 and is funded by the ERC ( The candidate’s research activities will advance the aims of the Datafied Living project regarding empirical studies of how digital tracking and datafication affects work practices and decision-making in key welfare institutions (such as education and healthcare); and how citizen-state relations might change in datafied society.

Datafied Living is a collective and interdisciplinary research project that combines infrastructural and user-centered studies of digital tracking of individuals across personal, work and institutional domains in Denmark. The project combines data-driven studies with qualitative fieldwork to undertake systematic empirical research on the technological underpinnings, ordinary experiences and social consequences of datafied life in the Danish welfare state. By leveraging an empirical knowledge base on the datafication of human existence, the project aims to advance citizen perspectives and policy-oriented impact regarding the use of personal data across domains of everyday life to the benefit of people and society.

As postdoc in Datafied Living you will be expected to, independently and in collaboration with other researchers in the team, contribute to advancing empirical datafication research along one or more of the following lines:

  • Developing organizational studies of datafication and welfare that can inform current and future policy making around digital technology in the welfare state (preferably with a focus on health, education or finance).
  • Developing empirical studies of how digital tracking and data-driven decision-making transform professional work and workplaces.

You will be expected to publish scientific articles within the context of the project and to participate in the organization of activities and research events within the project. Depending on the pandemic situation, the chosen candidate will have an opportunity for a short research stay with one of the project’s international collaborators.

As postdoc at the Department of Communication you will be part of an internationally-oriented interdisciplinary environment focused on advancing theoretical, methodological and empirical research about digital society.

Qualification requirements
To be considered for the position, applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field. We particularly welcome applicants with a background in organizational studies, HCI, social data science or anthropology to add to our interdisciplinary team.

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

For further information about the position, please contact project PI Stine Lomborg, e-mail:

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Head of Department subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-1190/22-2I.

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 35,600 + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here :, and

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 7 October 2022 23:59 CEST

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 07-10-2022
Employment start: 01-01-2023
Department/Location: Institut for kommunikation

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