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Professor in Translational Pharmacology

A full-time position as professor in translational pharmacology is vacant at the Research Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, and Environmental Health, Department of Public HealthFaculty of Health SciencesUniversity of Southern Denmark (SDU)  

The academic position

The position will be within translational pharmacology. This is to be understood in its broadest meaning such as translating basic discoveries in pharmacology into new treatments in clinical practice and/or understanding molecular mechanisms of clinical observations (reverse translation).

Areas of responsibility

The professor will be responsible for initiating, supervising, and publishing research in the field of translational pharmacology. The professor will also be responsible for developing new strategies for collaboration with other key stakeholders in the areas of pharmacology, pharmacy, and environmental medicine. Furthermore, the professor will be expected to be the daily leader of the research group in translational pharmacology and will also be expected to contribute to pharmacology teaching for pharmacy, medical, biomedical, and other students at the highest international level.

Additionally, the professor must teach and mentor postdocs, PhD students, and undergraduate students at the Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as maintain and develop national and international contacts and secure funding. Participation in assessment work and other faculty duties will be part of the position. Moreover, profiling this research area in the public eye will be an important task.

Research activity, network, and collaboration

The professor will be expected to contribute to the further development of the research strategy and profile of the research unit with special emphasis on translational pharmacology. The professor will be expected to increase the research activity and to establish local collaboration with other researchers at SDU and Odense University Hospital (OUH). Finally, it will be expected that the professor participates in furthering scientific development of the fields both nationally and internationally.

The Research Unit

The Research Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Environmental Medicine has approximately 45 employees: 5 full professors, 6 associate professors, 1 assistant professor, 2 postdocs, 12-15 PhD students, approximately 15 technical and administrative staff. It consists of three closely collaborating and cohabiting research groups: pharmacoepidemiology, translational pharmacology, and environmental medicine.  Additionally, it collaborates with pharmacology at Odense University Hospital. Collectively, it is Denmark’s largest center for research, teaching, and clinical service in pharmacology.

The research unit teaches at four academic educations: Medicine, Pharmacy, Chiropractor and Biomedicine. It produces approximately 100 international peer-reviewed publications per year.

The translational research group conducts basic and applied research aimed at understanding variability in drug response and toxicity. It currently consists of one associate professor, one postdoc, eight PhD students, 4 research master students, two lab technicians and one chemist.

Present strategic research areas are:

  • Understanding the impact of type 2 diabetes on drug metabolism and drug transport.
  • Elucidating the role of dicloxacillin and flucloxacillin in drug-drug interactions.
  • Exploring mechanisms and biomarkers of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

These research areas are addressed by utilizing state-of-the-art human cell models of liver and the peripheral nervous system. These cells are studied using LC-HRMS or LC-MS/MS (both small molecule and proteomics), automated fluorescence microscopy, qPCR and single cell RNA sequencing. In vitro findings are translated to clinical impact by clinical trials also carried out within the group. Finally, population-impact is assessed using register-based studies in close collaboration with the pharmacoepidemiology group.

The Department of Public Health comprises 7 research units in Odense and Esbjerg


The professor will refer to the Head of Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, and
Environmental Health. 

Contact information

Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Department of Public Health, Professor Jesper Bo Nielsen (+45 24781329, )

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicant for the 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 PhD-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
  • a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work
  • a record of obtained research funding

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.

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

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants.


Send application
Deadline 2023-Feb-15

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