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Assistant Professor in Musculoskeletal Research

The Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy (FoF), Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics (IOB) invites applications for a position as assistant professor in musculoskeletal research to be filled as of 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter and until 31 May 2025.

After approximately 2 years, the position will transfer to the Research Unit of Clinical Biomechanics (KB). The duties of the assistant professorship include research, education, administrative and management tasks.

The research units carries out research and teaching in musculoskeletal health with a focus on epidemiology and clinical management of people with pain and disability. The research units are parts of the Center for Muscle and Joint Health, a multidisciplinary research center with a strong focus on public health, exercise and physical activity, clinical research and implementation of evidence-based programs in health systems and workplaces.

The applicant will be expected to demonstrate highly profiled and documented research experience within the scientific field of musculoskeletal health. Experience in research utilizing large clinical databases and public registries is an advantage.

Applicants must have a completed PhD degree and must be able to show documented research work that complies with the research profile described above and it will be expected that the new assistant professor develops her/his research area in these research areas.

The position involves lecturing at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels as well as supervision of students within the BSc and MSc programs in programs offered at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark. 

Further information can be obtained from the head of the research unit, professor Jonas Bloch Thorlund, telephone +45 6550 3894, e-mail, from the head of research unit, professor Jan Hartvigsen, telephone +45 6550 4522, e-mail or from the head of the department, professor Jens Troelsen, telephone +45 6550 3493, e-mail

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):

• a motivation letter
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• 3 (up to 5) 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.

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


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Deadline 2021-May-09

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