Associate and Assistant Professors of Software Technology or Software Engineering in Odense

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 16 Oct 2023

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at The University of Southern Denmark in Odense seeks to recruit several associate, and/or assistant professors with a strong background in Software Technology or Software Engineering. Success with industrial cooperation is a plus. The positions are available from December 1st 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute is an internationally recognized institute, which has maintained a leading position in robotics for more than three decades. In the last decade the institute has also been building up in drone and software research. The institute has spawned the world-renowned cluster of robotics in Odense with more than 130 robotics companies including Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots. The software section is pursuing research and education activities to address the needs for knowledge and talent within software (e.g. within the cluster of robotics and the software industry in Denmark). Learn more about our institute at

The Software Engineering section of the institute is currently expanding its engagement in software technology and software engineering including:

  • Software development and programming technologies
  • Empirical and automated software engineering
  • Software engineering methodologies
  • Software technology for IoT and cyber-physical systems
  • Software testing, DevOps and MLOps.
  • Machine learning for software engineering and software engineering of machine learning systems

These areas are central to our activities and within a broad range of application domains, including industrial applications in relation to SDU's state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 lab, which is the largest of its kind in Denmark and houses the newest robotics technology, storage cells, mobile robots, AR/VR technology, and digital twin technology. You will interact with a dynamic group of researchers working in interdisciplinary teams on developing potent solutions to societal challenges.

The section is the main contributor to the education programmes in software engineering with focus on scalable, complex and cyber-physical software systems. Currently the institute offers a diploma programme in software technology and a software engineering bachelors and master's programme.

We expect:

You have a PhD in software engineering/computer science or another computational discipline relevant to this position. You have achieved funding success commensurate with the targeted rank ( associate, or assistant professor). You are an excellent collaborator, able to work in complex international multi-stakeholder environments. You are also an effective and inspiring communicator and attentive listener.

We offer:

  • A position where you will be part of a dynamic institute while working in areas of tremendous potential and societal relevance within the SDU Software Engineering section.
  • A vibrant and adventurous environment comprising research and teaching at international level in software engineering, robotics, applied AI and data science, drone and autonomous system technology, games and learning technology, and health informatics and technology.
  • The associate professorship position is a permanent position.
  • An appointment as assistant professor lasts for three years, and contingent on successful completion of a lecturer training programme and a positive performance evaluation, a permanent position for associate professor is normally opened, for which the assistant professor can apply.
  • Integration into the world-renowned Odense Robotics Cluster and national initiatives, such as, Digital Research Centre Denmark (
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations both with in SDU and with many external entities.
  • Excellent technical facilities both at the Institute and in the wider Engineering Faculty are available to support adventurous research.
  • The opportunity to live and work in one of the happiest countries in the world, that also offers excellent and free health and education systems.
  • The opportunity to live in Odense, a beautiful vibrant city located on the island Funen in the center of Denmark with easy access to the rest of Denmark and great nature close by.

For further information, please contact Professor Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, , +45 65507965 or Head of Section, Torben Worm, , +45 93507372

If you experience technical problems, you must contact .

Conditions of employment
Employment as an assistant professor and associate professor requires scientific qualifications at PhD level. Employment as an associate professor is a permanent position. Assistant Professor is a 3-year temporary position. 

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check link for more information on salary and taxation .

The assessment process
Read about the Assessment and selection process . Shortlisting may be used. 

Application procedure

The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying. 

The application must be in English and must include:

  • Motivated application
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD) 
  • Information on previous teaching and supervision experience. Please attach as 'Teaching Portfolio'.
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication
  • Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.
  • Applicants for an associate professorship at the Faculty of Engineering are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more  . For assistant professorships a pedagogical program is part of the development plan.

The application deadline is 16.10.2023.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information  about The Faculty of Engineering.

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