150097 Professor with Special Responsibilities Within Companion Animal Surgery (fixed-term, 5 years)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 30 Sep 2019

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint a professor with special responsibilities within Companion Animal Surgery to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences to commence as soon as possible. At the end of the 5-year period of employment, the professor is secured employment and remuneration as associate professor.

Information on the Department can be found at: https://ikv.ku.dk/english/

Job description

In considering applications for the professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's ability to document a high level of original scientific work at an international level, in the area of Companion Animal Surgery, with an emphasis on orthopedics and biomechanics.

Companion Animal Surgery is one of the prioritized specialist areas in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and the associated Teaching Hospital for Companion Animals at the University of Copenhagen. In recent years, veterinary surgery has changed dramatically. In industrialized countries, companion animals have taken a position as family members and owners expect a prompt high quality evidence based surgical service. Consequently, there is a high need and a demand for development and implementation of novel and advanced surgical strategies that are clinically applicable and can meet the owners’ expectations and support the welfare of animals.

The professor must focus on Companion Animal Surgery in general and must have a specific research focus on orthopedics including biomechanics. The professor will be head of the Veterinary Surgery Clinic at the Teaching Hospital for Companion Animals, including supervision and teaching of staff and students. The professor will be in charge of and manage specialized diagnostics and treatment as well as client education with respect to dogs and cats with surgical disease. The professor is expected to develop this area further with a specific focus on orthopedic surgery. The professor is expected to apply for external research funding at a level that supports the overall research strategy of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and the University of Copenhagen.

The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

• Research, including publication/academic dissemination

• Research-based teaching, including associated examination

• Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers

• Leadership of and engagement in the Veterinary Surgery Clinic at the Teaching Hospital for Companion Animals, including specialized diagnostics and treatment of cats and dogs with surgical disease, as this is the platform from which evidence based clinical research as well as pre- and post-graduate teaching is performed at the Department

• Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate

• Academic assessments

The professor will perform these tasks under the general responsibility of the Head of Section for Surgery, Neurology and Cardiology.

Required qualifications

The successful applicant should be able to:

• Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline orthopedic surgery and biomechanics

• Manage research and other management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer

• Provide research-based teaching

The successful applicant must:

• Be DVM, PhD and authorized to, or being able to be authorized to conduct veterinary practice in Denmark.

• Have solid and specialized practical experience within the field of Companion Animal Surgery (e.g. hold a diploma as a National Specialist). Applicants with documented qualifications within the area of orthopedics and biomechanics will be preferred.

• Be ECVS/ACVS boarded/board eligible or hold similar specialist qualifications/experiences within Companion Animal surgery demonstrated per curriculum.

• Be able to communicate in Danish and English with clients, staff, students and colleagues.

• Show entrepreneurship and possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2013).


For further information please contact the Head of Section, Mette Berendt, mbe@sund.ku.dk , www.sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).


The application must be submitted in English and must include the following:

• Application, including reasons for applying for this position (max 2 pages)

• Curriculum vitae, including list of publications

• Diplomas – all relevant certificates

• Research plan (3‐5 pages)

• Publications to be considered in the assessment (max 10)

• Teaching plan

• Teaching portfolio (link to portfolio guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at jobportal.ku.dk.

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59pm CET, 30 September 2019.

Interviews for this position will most likely be held in the month of November 2019.

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.

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