Associate Professor in Dance and Movement Practices

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: 15 May 2023

The Research Unit of Movement, Culture and Society (MoCS) at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, located at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) Campus in Odense, invites applications for an outstanding scholar to appoint as associate professor in dance and movement practices from  September 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position includes research, teaching and supervision at all levels as well as research dissemination.

Research Environment

MoCS investigates embodied experiences and movement practices in sports, health and performing arts as they are shaped by socio-cultural contexts. The researchers in the unit draw on approaches developed in the humanities and social sciences, especially phenomenology, ethnography and cultural analysis.

MoCS covers a diverse array of topics, such as cultural practices among elite and amateur athletes and dancers, skilled practices in lifestyle sports, the nature of musical expertise and embodied experiences in illness and disability. The researchers in the unit are part of several international research networks in the fields of phenomenology, philosophy of sports, cultural analysis, anthropology and sociology.

The Position

The candidate will be working with themes related to the topics mentioned above. As associate professor, the candidate will be expected to help form the future strategies for dance research at the department and to take an active part in the activities and research projects lead by MoCS.

Potential applicants will be expected to teach and supervise student projects in the programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences with a focus on both the undergraduate and the Master programs at the Department of Sports Sciences and Clinical Biomechanics. Undergraduate programs include different dance practices. The associate professor will take responsibility for one or two of these programs. Accordingly, a strong teaching portfolio in different dance practices, including for example community dance, Laban, creative dance activities and social dance forms, will be valued. The teaching languages are Danish and/or English.

For information on associate professor positions at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics in general, please click . 


We are looking for applicants holding a PhD degree with relevance for dance practices. Applicants with an interest in, and documented experience from any or all of the following, will be prioritized:

  • Dance scholarly research
  • Critical social and cultural analytical approaches towards dance and related movement practices like, for example, contemporary circus, physical performance, yoga or somatic practices
  • Ethnographical methodologies and/or interdisciplinary research methodologies integrating ethnography and phenomenology  
  • Dance and wellbeing, dance and rehabilitation or dance and health
  • Documented experience from publishing in international journals
  • Experience and success with external funding (e.g. as co-applicant)
  • A strong record of teaching and mentoring in the fields of dance as mentioned above as well as formalized pedagogical and didactic qualifications and skills 

Applicants with a strong passion and prior experience from being part of university programs resembling the profile of Movement, Culture and Society are encouraged to apply.

We value diversity and welcome applicants with different professional backgrounds and nationalities.

About the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics

The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics is part of SDU's strategy and values, see .  As department, we are recognized for our interdisciplinary research. The scientific, technical and administrative staff support this through active participation in the department's professional and social life. We prefer candidates with the ambition to make mutual working relationships thrive.  

Further information and contact 

Non-Danish-speaking applicants will be expected to have and show an interest in learning the Danish language at a level which enables her/him to read Danish mails and administrative documents as well as understand spoken everyday Danish. The department offers free language classes and a reduction in workload to support non-Danish speaking employees. 

For further information,  please contact, Professor WSR Susanne Ravn, head of research unit  tel. +45 6550 3468, or  professor Jens Troelsen, head of department, tel. +45 6550 3493, e-mail: .


The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). 


Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 MB.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must contain (as pdf- or Word/docx- files):

  • a motivation letter
  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificates (inclusive of PhD diploma)
  • a complete and numbered list of publications
  • 7 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the candidate as most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf- or docx- file must be attached for each publication
  • a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
  • a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

Living and Working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. International Staff Office (ISO)at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salary , taxation , housing and accompanying family . 

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

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants


Odense, Denmark

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