Vacancy | Associate or assistant professor in human computer interaction, play, movement, and learning | University of Southern Denmark. Apply by March 22, 2020

The Research Unit Learning & Talent in SportDepartment of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics,  invites highly motivated applicants for a permanent position as associate or assistant professor. The position is a full-time position and is available from May 1, 2020. The place of employment is Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M (see map).

The position

Applicants will be expected to have technical skills in digital design and to have or be willing to learn a variety of knowledge within human movement, sport, play, learning and health.

We expect the applicant to participate in the further development of the department’s research in computer-human interaction (HCI and CHI-play) related to play, sports and health. The digital design related to human movement, play, sport, and health is perceived as an interdisciplinary field closely connected with design-related, aesthetic, and technological methods. The existing research and teaching draws upon participatory design and embodied creativity mixed with research in exertion games, persuasive computing, mixed realities and digitally supported rehabilitation and physical activity.

The successful applicant must have academic competencies in some of the fields and perform a highly tuned curiosity and willingness to learn about some the other domain-specific areas relevant to the position. You are expected to be a creative person as well as having analytical and communicative skills. Preferably you have experience with prototyping concerning digital concepts.

The research areas of the research unit LET’S deals with the practice of physical education and learning and how social relations influence talent development and performance, and with entrepreneurship and interaction design in ‘human movement’. The field of interaction design research focuses on applied approaches based on embodied creativity design in service and product design related to movement. At the department there are opportunities for collaboration with researchers from other research units at the department as well as researchers from other faculties like engineering.

The research unit LET’S hosts writing and working activities to support a collaborative culture of knowledge creation. As a colleague you should be willing to expand the field with us, both in research and teaching, in a stimulating environment.


Your research should be focused on innovative technologies and interactive digital design for the moving human body. The department has separate lab-facilities for research and teaching in innovation, play and movement.

You will have the opportunity to work closely together with the newly established strategic initiative TRINITY mainly the “The Lab for Innovative Motion Technology” track of the initiative. This laboratory is a cross-faculty collaboration between the Department of Sports Sciences and Clinical Biomechanics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of the Humanities. The project will, in, e.g. researching the digital representation of human bodies in mixed realities, game-design, and digital design “of” and “for” movement. TRINITY is based on the university’s strongholds in motion capture, robotics, biomechanics, sport science and embodied interaction and is closely related to external partners like the University Hospital, Team Denmark, Kompan and Danish Aerospace Company.


Applicants will be expected to teach digital design related to play, sport, human movement, and health.

We expect the preferred candidate to participate in development of a new master program covering innovation and entrepreneurship in human movement and health.

Knowledge exchange

It will be expected that the applicant has interest in research cooperation with private companies, public organizations and civil society initiatives.


Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in HCI, CHI, and basic software development. Applicants must also document:

      • Qualifications in experimental and applied approaches to research.
      • Interest in working with student activating and innovative teaching methods.

Candidates who also document the following will be preferred:

      • Experience in obtaining external research funding.
      • Interest in participation in national and international research networks.
      • Mastery of academic English in the classroom, thus it is expected to teach in English.

For more information about the position, please contact head of research unit Lars Elbæk: (+45) 2140 1943 or e-mail, of head of Department Jørgen Povlsen (+45) 6011 3451 or e-mail

Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasize the importance of a good and informal working relationship among colleagues.

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 (please state clearly in this motivation letter whether a position as assistant professor or a position as associate professor is applied for)
      • a detailed CV
      • degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
      • a complete and numbered list of publications
      • 3 (assistant professor) or 6 (associate 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.

Applicants 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.

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

Read the guideline for applicants. Send application, no later than March 22, 2020, by APPLYING ONLINE.

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