Associate Professor in Musculoskeletal Health in Sports at University of Southern Denmark

The Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy (FOF),Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, invites applications for a position as associate professor in musculoskeletal health in sports to be filled as of 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The candidate will be expected to initiate and conduct research, teach and supervise bachelor, master and PhD students.
The successful candidate must demonstrate a solid research output within research in musculoskeletal health in sports and be motivated to be actively involved in achieving the research unit’s vision. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate successful management of research projects and success with external funding. It will be expected that the candidate is able to develop an independent tailored research profile in synergy with the research unit’s and the department’s strategies, and that the candidate has the motivation and ability to take leadership in scientific, educational and departmental development. Further, it will be expected that the candidate is able to disseminate research-based knowledge internationally and nationally to relevant stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be expected to have the capacity to develop and manage courses at the Master of Science in Physiotherapy programme, to teach classes in the bachelor and master programmes offered at the Faculty of Health Sciences and to mentor undergraduate and PhD students.
The department is part of SDU's strategy and values SDU's fundamental narrative. As department we are recognized for our interdisciplinary research. The scientific, technical and administrative staff supports this through active participation in the department's professional and social life. We prefer candidates with the ambition to make mutual working relationships thrive.
Candidates with the following skills will be prioritized:
  • A PhD degree within a field relevant to the position
  • Experience with injury epidemiology, aetiology and prevention
  • Experience with musculoskeletal research
  • Documented track record within educational development, teaching and supervision, including professional postgraduate teacher training
  • Experience with implementation of research projects with end-user involvement
  • Competence in knowledge exchange activities and public dissemination
  • Strong international research collaborations
  • Motivation for a multidisciplinary research approach and collaboration across the organisation

Further information can be obtained from Professor Jonas Thorlund, Head of Research Unit, telephone +45 +45 2912 5499, e-mail or Professor Jens Troelsen, Head of Department, telephone +45 6550 3493, email
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
  • 7 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.

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 the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salary, taxation, housing, and accompanying family. Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark.
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


Odense, Denmark Odense

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