Professor(s) in Musculoskeletal Research and Clinical Biomechanics

Professor(s) in Musculoskeletal Research and Clinical Biomechanics

Odense, Denmark


The Research Unit Clinical Biomechanics at the The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, SDU, invites applications for 1-2 (part-time) position(s) as professor(s) in Musculoskeletal Research and Clinical Biomechanics to be filled as soon as possible.

The professorships will be expected to strengthen the profile within the research unit’s strategic research in musculoskeletal pain and disability with a focus on the spine. 

The professors’ main tasks will be to apply for, manage and lead innovative research projects. The professors will be expected to be involved in knowledge transfer to society, to have administrative responsibilities and to teach/supervise students at all levels at the education programmes hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences. The successful applicants will also be expected to help form and support the strategies of the Department of Sports and Clinical Biomechanics, including the future research strategies of the research unit.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree with relevance to musculoskeletal research. Applicants with an interest in, and documented experience from any or all of the following areas will be prioritized: 

  • clinical and epidemiological research relating to back and neck pain or musculoskeletal health more broadly,
  • strong methodological competencies,
  • systematic reviews and meta-analysis,
  • strong interest in communication and translation of evidence into clinical practice and society in general,
  • patient and public involvement,  
  • publishing in high impact journals,
  • ability to attract external funding and international collaborators,
  • good collaborative abilities with interdisciplinary research teams and other stakeholders outside of academia.

The successful applicant will be expected to bring significant experience in teaching and supervising students, and in mentoring PhD students and junior faculty members. The candidate will be expected to be able to contribute to the refinement and further development of curriculum on education programmes offered by The Faculty of Health Sciences. 

For information on job description of professorships in general at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, please click.

About us

The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics adheres to SDU's strategy and values. We are recognized for our interdisciplinary research. The scientific, technical, and administrative staff support this through active participation in the department's professional and social life. We prefer candidates with the ambition to make mutual working relationships thrive. 

Further information 

Non-Danish-speaking applicants will be expected to have and show an interest in learning the Danish language at a level which enables her/him to read Danish mails and administrative documents as well as to understand spoken everyday Danish. The department offers free language classes and a reduction in workload to support non-Danish speaking employees.  

For further information please contact

Professor Jan Hartvigsen, Head of the Research Unit for Clinical Biomechanics, email: Tel. +45 60114522.  

Jens Troelsen, Head of Department, e-mail:, tel. +45 6550 3493.

Application deadline

August 18, 2024 at 23.59 hrs. CEST.

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicants for the professor positions 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 must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply now” - see below.

We strongly recommend that you read How to apply for a position at SDU before you apply.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must include (as PDF files) (please note that the application (the motivation letter) and CV must not exceed 10 MB in total):

  • A motivation letter
  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma or equivalent)
  • 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
  • teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
  • a track record of obtained research funding
  • a record of national and international research collaboration 
  • a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work.

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Please note that all the above-mentioned information must be included in the application. Incomplete applications with regards to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

Living and working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. 

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. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salary, taxation, housing and accompanying family.

The University of Southern Denmark wishes to reflect the surrounding community and therefore encourages everyone, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.



  • Job Identification1676
  • Job CategoryVIP
  • Posting Date05/01/2024, 03:17 PM
  • LocationsCampusvej 55, Odense M, 5230, DK
  • Apply Before08/18/2024, 11:59 PM
  • Job SchedulePart time

SDU - Univerisity of Southern Denmark

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Deadline: 2024-08-18
Location: Denmark, Odense
Categories: Clinical Sciences, Computational Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Health Science, Professor ,


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