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Professor with Specific Responsibilities in Spine Pain and Disability Research

The Research Unit of Clinical Biomechanics , part of Center for Muscle and Joint health, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, invites applications for a 40% position as professor with specific responsibilities in spine pain and disability research to be filled as soon as possible and for a period of 5 years with possibility of prolongation for additionally 3 years.

Current research lines of the Research Unit of Clinical Biomechanics and the Center for Muscle and Joint Health are clinical and epidemiological studies of musculoskeletal health across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on the role of exercise and physical activity. The unit has a strong focus on epidemiological and clinical studies relating to primary care as well as on implementation of evidence in clinical settings.
The position is co-financed by the Regional Hospital in Silkeborg and the place of work will be in Odense as well as in Silkeborg.
The successful applicant will be expected to engage in:

Research tasks:

The research tasks in this position relate to research in prevention and treatment strategies of back pain. The professor will be expected to have a particular focus on back pain patients referred to the Region Hospital in Silkeborg and on back pain care in the Central Denmark Region (Region Midtjylland).

Teaching tasks:

The professor will have limited teaching obligations, and these will be within the field of back pain and musculoskeletal health. Teaching may take place in all programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Primarily teaching will be expected to be in the form of supervision of Master Theses.

Expectations of qualifications:

The successful candidate will be expected to have

• a PhD degree in a relevant clinical field (chiropractic, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, epidemiology, clinical sciences, medicine)
• research experience documented by international peer-reviewed journal articles within the fields of musculoskeletal health
• a documented record of teaching experience and teaching skills

Further information can be obtained from the head of the research unit, professor Jan Hartvigsen, telephone +45 6550 4522, mobile +45 6011 4522 , e-mail or Jørgen Povlsen, head of department, telephone +45 6550 3451, email

The successful applicant for the professorship will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish 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 own 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 docx.-files):

• a motivation letter
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• 10 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the candicate 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.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

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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Deadline 2019-Mar-10

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Health Sciences by completing the application form


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