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Assistant or associate professor in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

The Research Unit of User Perspectives and Community-based Interventions, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a part time position (40-50% time) as assistant or associate professor in Occupational therapy and Occupational Science.

The position will run for a period of five years (with the possibility of extension) from September 1, 2021

The research group of Occupational Therapy and Occupation Science is nested within the Research Unit of User Perspectives and Community-based Interventions. The unit is one of seven research units at the Department of Public Health. The Unit includes two research groups: User Perspectives and Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, respectively. The open position is within Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

The research group of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy engages in research that seeks to generate knowledge about relationships between human activity, everyday living and health of individuals/collectives and communities in given socio-cultural contexts. We have a keen interest in applying our research in communities where people live their everyday life.

Among the core areas of research is studies focusing on

  • enabling engagement and resources in everyday activities related to human development and health
  • the consequences disease/illness, functional impairment, suffering and environmental barriers have for activity and participation
  • development, evaluation and implementation of complex and activity-based interventions supporting people in their conduct of everyday life (work, home-care, school, leisure); to achieve meaning and quality of life
  • development of concepts, theory and methodologies related to human occupation and everyday living

Required qualifications

The successful candidate has a bachelor in Occupational Therapy, an accomplished masters degree and a PhD within Occupational Therapy, Occupational Science or a related Health Sciences area. 

The successful candidate has experience within occupational science and occupational therapy as well as research interests related to community-based interventions and user perspectives.

Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to have experience with:

  • Research management and implementation of research projects.
  • A track record of applying for and getting external project funding is an asset
  • Teaching at undergraduate and preferably also at graduate level in relation to health educations.
  • Administration of University based educations.
  • Module management of courses at undergraduate and graduate level.
  • The candidate must present a plan for the development of his/her own research in relation to occupational science and occupational therapy. Furthermore, it will be expected that the candidate will be able to attract continuous external research funding to partially finance their own research as well as additional positions at the unit.

Position obligations

The successful applicant will contribute with own research within Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

This includes acquiring funding, conducting and communicating research with involvement in:

  • Research seminars, including receiving and providing feedback on e.g. manuscripts, oral presentations and posters
  • Possessing research competencies within the field Occupational Science and occupational therapy
  • Developing and coordinating research activities within the field of Occupational science and occupational therapy in collaboration with relevant research groups/units.

The successful candidate will be engaged in teaching, supervision and examination at several educations at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Applicants with experience and dedication to teaching and supervising students will be preferred.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Karen la Cour (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy) (telephone +45 6550 4235, 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  
• 8 (associate professor), 3 (assistant professor) 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.
Further particulars concerning the application - please see the link below. 
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 
Read the guideline for applicants 




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Deadline 2021-May-30

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