Assistant Professor in Physical Activity and Health

Updated: 5 months ago

The Research Unit of Physical Activity and Health at Work (PAW ) at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, SDU, invites applications for a position as assistant professor in Physical Activity and Health to be filled as soon as possible and for a period until 31 March 2022.

The position includes research and teaching and is associated with the Horizon 2020 project ”Self-back” (Grant No. 689043). Currently, the main work task in the Self-back project is to conduct an RCT testing an app containing a program with tailored advice on physical training and pain management in patients with low back pain. The assistant professor is expected to take responsibility for the current data collection and recruitment of low back pain patients in the randomized study, involving regular contact to approx. 20 clinical settings and the Spine Center in Middelfart. The project is part of the broad interdisciplinary collaboration within the Centre for Muscle and Joint Health.


The research environment is international and good communication skills and fluency in speaking and writing in English is mandatory. The position will imply teaching in relevant bachelor courses such as welfare technology and physical education and graduate students in Sports Science and Master of Physiotherapy.
Applicants must have a relevant education such as MSc, graduate in medicine or physiotherapy and have completed a PhD or an equivalent research education providing expertise in physical activity, fitness and health and preferably including mixed methods with experience in work exposure assessments, questionnaire survey, literature studies and intervention mapping.

Assessment of applicants will consider skills in written and oral communication in English, cooperation in international project teams, teaching skills. High priority will be given to scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience with physical activity as a component in treatment or health enhancement.


For more information on the position as assistant professor, please contact head of research unit , professor Karen Søgaard, e-mail: ksogaard@health.sdu.dk, tel: +45 6550 4409 or head of department Jørgen Povlsen, e-mail: jpovlsen@health.sdu.dk , tel: +45 6550 3451.

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 – 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 docx.-files):

• an application
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• 3 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the applicant to the 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 with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

Further particulars concerning the application - please see the link below.

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:

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