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Clinical Professor in General Surgery (combined position)

A combined position as Clinical Professor (50%) or Clinical Associate Professor (50%) depending on qualifications and as Consultant (50%)  is vacant at the Department of Regional Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and at the Department of General Surgery, Hospital of Southern Jutland respectively.

The position is for a five-year period with the possibility of extension.

The academic position

The clinical professor will be appointed at the Department of Regional Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU. The position will be within general surgery, and focus areas could include, yet are not limited to, robot surgery, hernia surgery and surgical stress. Trans-sectional research and collaboration is expected.

Areas of responsibility

The clinical professor will be responsible for development and evaluation of new surgical methods within robot surgery and hernia surgery. The clinical professor will also be responsible for developing new strategies for collaboration with other key stakeholders in the areas surgical stress and endocrine metabolism during and after surgery.

Additionally, the clinical professor is expected to teach and mentor post-docs, PhD-students, and undergraduate students, as well as to maintain and develop national and international contacts and secure funding. Participation in assessment work is part of the position. Moreover, profiling this research area in the public eye will be an important task.

Research activity, network and collaboration

The clinical professor is expected to increase research activity and to expand collaboration with other researchers at hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark, at SDU, in the rest of Denmark and internationally.

The clinical position

The clinician will be appointed as consultant at the Department of General Surgery at the Hospital of Southern Jutland. The consultant must fulfil the requirements and responsibilities of a consultant in a department of surgery.


The successful applicant has a PhD or equivalent post-graduate research qualification and must be qualified as a consultant in general surgery. Additionally, the applicant must have substantial skills in both clinical aspects and research within the field of general surgery. The preferred candidate has demonstrated skills and scientific achievements within this area, is able to motivate, supervise and has proven research management skills and good collaborations abilities. Danish is not required initially, however, should be mastered within the first 2 years of employment.


SDU and Hospital of Southern Jutland offer a modern, inclusive, international and interdisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art facilities as well as a strong tradition for close collaboration between SDU and the hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark, including the Hospital of Southern Jutland.  

The Hospital of Southern Jutland consists of 3 hospitals in the Southern part of Jutland. The hospital has international staff representing many different nationalities. Currently, the scientific staff comprises approximately 40 employees and is expanding in the coming years. The hospital has obligations in teaching and educating medical students, master students, specialist training and PhD students.  

Acknowledged as a high-quality research and education institution, the Hospital of Southern Jutland is now a University Hospital in the Region of Southern Denmark. From 2022 the scientific personnel will contribute to the teaching and training of medical students at in the Hospital of South West Jutland in Esbjerg.  

The Department of Regional Health Research supports research in relation to the person as a whole, the good life and the more common diseases, makes out a platform for scientists and educators and builds a bridge between University of Southern Denmark, Region of Southern Denmark, Region Zealand, the hospitals in the two regions and the patient. The department focuses on the continuity of patient care across sectors, hospitals and specialist fields


The clinical professor will refer to the Head of the Department of General Surgery, Per Helligsø in matters concerning the clinical part of the job, and to the Head of the Department of Regional Health Research, Rikke Leth-Larsen in matters regarding the professorship.

Contact information

Further information concerning the professorship can be obtained by e-mail to Coordinating Head of Research at IRS-Hospital of Southern Jutland, Professor Christian Backer Mogensen,  (Christian.backer.mogensen@rsyd.dk) +45 79971123 or to the Head of the Department of Regional Health Research, SDU, Rikke Leth-Larsen (rllarsen@health.sdu.dk/ +45 30827801).

Further information concerning the position as consultant is available from the Head of Department of General Surgery, Hospital of Southern Jutland, Per Helligsø (Per.Helligso@rsyd.dk) +45 79973510.

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicant for the clinical professor position 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 Ph.D.-diploma)
  • a complete and numbered list of publications
  • 10 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
  • track record in obtaining research funding
  • national and international research collaboration and collaborations with researchers in other disciplines and sectors
  • as to the post as consultant: information on the applicant’s own skills as concerns "the seven roles of the physician" inclusive of supporting evidence
  • 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.

References will be obtained for the applicant who is the first choice for the position – from the applicant’s most recent employer, and from previous employers as required.

Applicants selected for interview must expect to undergo a personality test specifically targeted on work-related matters.

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

Gender equality, health, safety and emergency management are given high priority at SDU and Department of Regional Health Research.

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

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. For further information on what it is like working at SDU, please read “10 good reasons why you should choose SDU”. Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark.

Location Aabenraa

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants.


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