Professor with specific responsibilities in research in Movement practices and phenomenology to University of Southern Denmark. Apply before January 31, 2020

Applications are invited for a five-year professorship with specific responsibilities in movement practices and phenomenology at the Research Unit for Movement, Culture and Society (MoCS), Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health Sciences, starting as soon as possible.

The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics has a strong background in sports science and movement studies. MoCS’ research activities expand within the humanities and social science research. Movement is at the heart of the unit’s work involving experiential, bodily, emotional, cultural and social aspects of movement. Thus, the unit’s research ranges from phenomenological and cultural analyses of movement practices of, between others, parkour, yoga, community dance and improvisational practices to analyses of different sub-cultures of physical activity and their organization.

The successful applicant will be expected to take on the responsibility of being the head of MoCS and to develop and lead research projects for and within the research unit. More specifically, the professor will have specific responsibilities in further strengthening research on movement practices – including different forms of dance practices.

The applicant will also be expected to lead and develop the theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches needed to study different aspects of movement practices on the condition of cultural contexts. Experience in combining phenomenology and qualitative research methodologies is a clear advantage.

The professor will be expected to participate in internal and external honorary assignments, and to represent the research unit nationally and internationally. Furthermore, to expand collaboration with other researchers at SDU, and abroad.

The professor will furthermore be expected to engage in teaching at the Department of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics and must therefore demonstrate pedagogical qualifications and have pedagogical experience with teaching from under-graduate to PhD level. Teaching tasks include course coordination, lecturing, examination, and supervision of students.

The applicant must have a PhD degree and candidates must be internationally recognized within the subject specialization, conduct independent research and have published extensively in international peer-review journals. The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to develop and lead research projects and international research collaboration.

Administrative and other skills that are relevant to subject specialization and the tasks of the position will be expected as well as abilities in written and spoken English, and readiness to learn Danish.

Further information can be obtained from the head of the department Jørgen Povlsen, tel. +45 6550 3451, 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 will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their own assessment by the university.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the link “Apply here” at the bottom of the page. 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.

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
    • 10 scientific peer-reviewed publications and/or performances 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 and/or a link for each performance.
    • 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. Danish is not required initially however, must be mastered within the first two years of employment. In cooperation with the language centre “Lærdansk”, SDU offers specialised language courses.The 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.

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Further particulars concerning the application – please see the link below.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background. Further details: How to apply

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