Vacancy | Professor(s) at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University | Apply by September 13, 2021

The Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Aarhus University invites applications for one to three positions as full professor in research fields of relevance for the Department of Public Health including research related to Biostatistics, Epidemiology, General Practice, Nursing, Public Health Science, Sports Science, Toxicology or Occupational Medicine. The positions are permanent full-time positions. Beginning of employment is planned to 1st of May 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Public Health

As Professor at Department of Public Health, you will be part of an ambitious and internationally recognised department, where we work together to promote public health through research into prevention, treatment or alleviation of disease. We are involved in broad collaborations both internally and externally. We share our knowledge with citizens, decision-makers, public and private sector businesses and other researchers – both nationally and internationally.

The Department of Public Health contributes to teaching in medicine, public health science, sport science and nursing. At the department you will have approx. 200 colleagues, including 90 academic staff members and a corresponding number of PhD students. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

The Department of Public Health is located at two university campuses in Aarhus and at one campus in Emdrup, Copenhagen (only nursing).

Your job responsibilities

As Professor, you will have joint responsibility for the development of the department’s research and teaching environment, and you will contribute to the implementation of the faculty’s overall strategy. You are expected to contribute – both independently and in collaboration with others – to the development of the department by leading research of high international quality and by contributing to a high academic and didactic standard in teaching. Qua your excellent collaborative skills and your broad academic network, you will contribute to the academic development at Aarhus University and to the university’s profile both nationally and internationally.

Your main tasks will consist of:

      • Research of high international quality, including publications in top international journals and communicating your research in national and international academic networks
      • Teaching, supervision and examination of Bachelor and Master Degree students
      • Attract substantial external funding to support the activities of your research group
      • Supervision of PhD students and contributing to the development of the faculty’s PhD courses
      • Assessment and committee work at Aarhus University
      • Research-based collaboration with private and public-sector stakeholders as well as research-based consultancy
      • Dissemination of your research to the public
      • Development of international networks and collaborations in research and teaching

Start package: Depending on qualifications and needs, support for the establishment of your research at the department can be negotiated.

You will report to the Head of Department of Public Health.

Your competences

You have an excellent track record within your area of research, and you have established yourself as a prominent researcher with one or more stays or employments with internationally recognised research institutions. You possess documented teaching qualifications at a high international level. You have broad international cooperative partnerships and experience of research partnerships with private and public-sector stakeholders. You have also a documented ability to attract significant research funding from national and international funding bodies.

As s person, you are a helpful and motivational leader who inspires other researchers and builds trusting relationships with students, colleagues and partners. As a lecturer you communicate the latest and most relevant knowledge in a committed, clear and comprehensible manner. As a supervisor you are competent, inspiring, supportive and responsible.

You are ready to take co-responsibility for the development of the department’s research and education at the highest international level and for ensuring that we maintain a good work environment. You see the pronounced professional diversity of the department as a strength and you intend to involve yourself in interdisciplinary collaboration at departmental, faculty and university levels as well as outside the university – nationally and internationally.

We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English. International applicants are expected to learn Danish, and Aarhus University arranges Danish teaching.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Professor position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Shortlisting will be used.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact the Head of Department, Ole Bækgaard Nielsen tel.: (+45) 60 20 26 74.

Your place of work will be the Department of Public Health at one of the campuses in Aarhus or at the campus in Emdrup, Copenhagen (only nursing), Aarhus University, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews in February 2022.

Terms of employment

      • In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on a high degree of original production at an internal level and experience from teaching at different levels as well as contributions to the development of teaching activities and teaching material, hereby documenting that the applicant has developed the academic discipline from a research and teaching perspective.
      • Moreover, there will be an assessment of the applicant’s ability to perform research and teaching management tasks.Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
      • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations(Akademikerne).
      • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
      • The yearly base salary for a fulltime professor is DKK 758,977.64 (including a position related supplement, a pre-agreed professor supplement and pension (17.1%)). Additional supplement(s) can be negotiated dependent on experience, special qualifications and performance of special functions. Professors have the authority to negotiate pay on their own behalf.
      • Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a special researcher tax scheme with a lower tax rate.
      • Travel and moving expenses may be covered according to the employee in question and, to a limited extent, the accompanying family.
      • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.


Your application must include the following:

      • Motivated application
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Diploma
      • A list of publications
      • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
      • The ten publications stated as the most important in the ‘Template for applicant – professor’ must be submitted
      • Template for applicant – professor must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
      • Strategic research plan, which is part of the ‘Template to applicant – professor’ can be uploaded separately
      • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
      • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

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