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Professor in End-of-Life Care (combined position)

IRS-Lillebælt Hospital, Department of Regional Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for a position as Professor in End-of-Life Care (40%) and as nurse in Anaesthesiology or Intensive Care (40-60%) at the Departments of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Lillebælt Hospital.

The position is equally divided between the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Vejle and Middelfart Hospitals, and the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kolding Hospital.

The posts are considered as one entity. The professorship is limited to a five-year period with possibility of extension.

The Departments of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care focus on a range of research areas with end-of-life care being one of them.


The new professor is expected to play a leading role in end-of-life care but also to participate in other areas of research in cooperation with research staff from all professions within own specialty and from other clinical specialties and departments at Lillebælt Hospital. Especially in relation to end-of-life care, the applicant will be expected to master a high level of scientific cooperation, nationally as well as internationally. The applicant will be expected to lead this area of research and to represent the field in public, and by agreement to undertake ad hoc tasks for public authorities. This may include clarification reports or health services research ordered and paid by for example Danish Health Authority or the Region of Southern Denmark.

The patient perspective holds high priority at Lillebælt Hospital and an applicant with research interest in how Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care can contribute to this field will be preferred.

Research supervision and teaching

The position involves teaching at the faculty's pre- and postgraduate programs of study, including the PhD programs and supervision of PhD students. The tasks will be within the Health Sciences PhD program and the scope of teaching will be agreed in connection with the appointment. The applicant will be expected to have teaching qualifications as an associate professor or equivalent. Additionally, participation in assessment work will be part of the position.

The clinical position

The applicant must have expertise in one of the fields within the Departments of Anaesthesiology and Intensive care. The clinical work will be defined by agreement between the heads of departments and the applicant.

Expectations and qualifications

Potential applicants must be certified as nurses and will be expected to have

  • results in end-of-life care research as documented by a list of publications
  • a documented dynamic upward research curve
  • a documented ability to raise funds
  • a documented capability of inter-professional and intersectoral collaboration
  • a documented capability of national and international research collaboration
  • documented popular science activities
  • academic degree (PhD or DMSc)
  • experience as research supervisor.

Documented leadership experience will be an advantage. Tasks regarding management and administration will be expected to account for approximately 10 % of the university working hours.


The professor will refer to the heads of the departments of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (Executive Consultant Jane Stab Nielsen and Head Nurse Helle Vibeke Andersen, Kolding Hospital and Executive Consultant Lisbet Tokkesdal Jensen  and Head Nurse Susanne Bøgeholt Kloster, Vejle and Middelfart Hospital) 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 position as professor can be obtained from Rikke Leth-Larsen, Head of the Department of Regional Health Research (rllarsen@health.sdu.dk/ +45 3082 7801) or from Jonna Skov Madsen, Coordinating Head of Research, IRS-Lillebælt Hospital, Department of Regional Health Research (Jonna.Skov.Madsen@rsyd.dk/+45 3050 7825).

Information concerning the clinical part of the position can be obtained from Executive Consultant Jane Stab Nielsen, Kolding Hospital (jane.stab.nielsen@rsyd.dk/ +45 7636 3106) or from Executive Consultant Lisbeth Tokkesdal Jensen, Vejle and Middelfart Hospitals (Lisbet.Tokkesdal.Jensen@rsyd.dk).

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicant for the 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.

It is a requirement that the applicant is accepted for appointment for both the professorship and the clinical part of the position.

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 at the university.

The application must contain (as PDF- or docx.-files):

  • a motivation letter
  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificates inclusive of PhD-diploma or equivalent certificates
  • 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
  • a track record in obtaining research funding
  • information on national and international research collaboration and collaborations with researchers in other disciplines and sectors
  • 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. References will be obtained 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 and safety and emergency management are given high priority at SDU and Department of Regional Health Research.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic 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.


Lillebælt Hospital,Vejle, Middelfart and Kolding

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants


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