157788 Associate Professor of Social Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 12 Dec 2022

Section of Social Medicine
Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor of social medicine, prevention and rehabilitation to the Department of Public Health to commence as soon as possible with a focus on social inequality in health and in use of health care services in Denmark and abroad.

Our research

The field of social medicine covers the knowledge of social determinants of health, social consequences of disease as well as the society’s actions for treatment of disease, prevention and rehabilitation.

The Section of Social Medicine contributes with research in social, psychosocial and behavioural determinants of health and function, as well as consequences of disease. The overarching focus is on causes and consequences of social inequality in health, including consequences of inequality in the use of health services and rehabilitation.

Researchers at the Section employ epidemiological, qualitative, psychometric as well as demographic methods in population- and patient-based cohort studies and interventions. Collaboration on research projects as well as teaching with other sections at the Department is highly prioritized. At the Section multidisciplinary national and international research collaborations are continuously developed and pursued.

Information on the department can be found at: IFSV English – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

Job description

When considering applications for the associate professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's ability to document a high level of original scientific work at an international level within the area of social medicine preferably across cultural settings.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching and supervision, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Acquisition of competitive funding
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments
  • Engaging in the university’s internal and external academic activities


Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. The criteria for appointment of professors and associate professors respectively differs to some degree and a link describing each can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit .

Furthermore, the successful applicant should be able to:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contribution to the field of social medicine with focus on prevention or rehabilitation, including inequality in the use of health care.
  • Manage research and other management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer
  • Pedagogical competencies and profound skills in research-based teaching and supervision within public health
  • Preferable the applicant should also be skilled in research based teaching and supervision within clinical social medicine
  • A proven track-record in attracting competitive funds
  • Good interpersonal and communicative skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Section of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The position is a permanent and the average weekly working hours are 37.

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 organisations.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information, please contact Head of Section of Social Medicine, professor Rikke Lund rilu@sund.ku.dk, 0045 35327992 or Head of Department Theis Lange thlan@sund.ku.dk, 0045 35327912.

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

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

  • Motivated letter of application. Please briefly describe your previous research experiences and interests as well as what attracts you to the position in terms of both the topic and the academic work (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan

Teaching 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 https://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. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Monday 12 December 2022.

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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