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Qualification requirements and expectations

Qualification requirements:

Associate professor/researcher level. Must have received pedagogical training (inclusive of (SDU’s) postgraduate teaching training course)

Job content:

Research and research-based teaching.

Period of employment:

As a general rule: 5 years with the possibility of extension.


Executive Order on job structure for scientific staff at Danish state universities

Read the current executive order here (only in Danish)

BEK nr 1443 af 11/12/2019 - Bekendtgørelse om stillingsstruktur for videnskabeligt personale ved universiteter


Expectations for associate professor


  • An explicitly tailored research profile adapted to the department's/unit's strategy
  • Analytical skills in specific research areas as well as an ability to shape the research agenda in scientific societies
  • A sustained and significant research result in national and international journals and books in accordance with the accepted norm in the field of research
  • Quality of research is crucial, and some publications should be published in highly ranked journals. Scientific articles and book chapters are published in registered series and published according to lists of Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI), preferably as the first or last author in series and publishers at level 2 or 3
  • Participation in national and international networks, research associations and scientific debates
  • Experience with successful management of research projects, successful supervision of PhD studies and implementation of externally funded projects
  • Experience and success with external funding (eg as a co-applicant), and potential for successful fundraising of major projects. Main or co-applicant for a minimum of 2-3 grant applications per year


  • Experience with teaching at all levels documented by positive student evaluations
  • Experience with successful supervision and examination of bachelor and master students
  • Pedagogical competencies, e.g. via SDU’s postgraduate teaching training course
  • Experience with educational management and/or course development and coordination
  • Experience in supervising PhD students, postdocs and assistant professors in teaching
  • By appointment deliver working hours related to teaching
  • Updated teaching portfolio

Service to the community

  • Disseminate research-based knowledge relevant to the public sector, education, industry and business and/or cultural development
  • Ability to innovate research dissemination and outreach activities and support colleagues to excel in such activities
  • Ability to identify and develop new ways in which a larger group of researchers (perhaps across disciplines) can interact with stakeholders and society as a whole to solve societal problems
  • Has a visible role in relevant scientific communities nationally and internationally


  • Participate in department, faculty and university committees (eg employment and development)
  • Member of the assessment committees for scientific positions and PhD project proposals
  • Head of assessment committees for PhD dissertations
  • Participate in advisory committees, national and international committees and guideline committees
  • General administrative tasks at department level (eg registration, budgeting and financial management)

Personal capacity

  • To be a role model with participation in the department's social and professional life (meetings, seminars, PhD defenses and other department or university events)
  • To nurture good working relationships with colleagues and be ready to back them up if necessary
  • Motivation for and ability to take leadership in scientific and pedagogical development as well as in departmental development
  • Exponent of a scientific standard and knowledge sharing at the department
  • Engaged in career development and in creating opportunities for younger researchers in projects and other initiatives

Last Updated 19.10.2023