Postdoc in Physical Activity and Movement Habits

Postdoc in Physical Activity and Movement Habits

Odense, Denmark 


The Centre for Sports, Health and Civil Society (CISC), which is a part of the research unit of Active Living at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, SDU, invites applications for a position as postdoc in physical activity and movement habits to be filled for a three-year period from 1 January 2025 to 31 December 2027.

The position

The postdoc will work on the research and dissemination project ‘Moving Denmark’ (‘Danmark i Bevægelse’), in which data is collected about physical activity and movement habits of children, adolescents and adults in Denmark. Also, the project gathers systematic data about municipal movement policies and initiatives aiming at enhancing physical activity participation. Accumulated and analyzed information is disseminated to municipalities and organizations that work to promote physical activity participation.

More information about the ‘Moving Denmark’ project (in Danish) can be found here: https://www.danmarkibevæ

In the project the postdoc will be one of three daily project managers that work closely together with the project owner to realize the goals of the research project. The postdoc will mainly be responsible for the survey studies that we will conduct in the fall of 2025 among large samples of Danish children, adolescents, and adults. The postdoc will be involved in both survey preparations, data collection and analysis as well as in dissemination – scientific as well as practice-oriented (e.g. in reports, articles and in the form of presentations in various contexts). Practice-oriented dissemination will predominantly be in Danish.

The postdoc will also be expected to participate in and contribute to initiatives and activities at CISC, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics and at the Research Unit, such as meetings, seminars and other departmental events. 

More information about postdoc positions at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics in general can be found here:


We are looking for candidates with all or most of the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree within Social Science, Sociology, Public Health Science, Sport and Health Science or a related research area
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative research methods and analyses, including statistical data analysis
  • Knowledge of and experience with preparing, conducting, analyzing and disseminating data from survey studies
  • Research experience related to physical activity, sport, health and/or social science studies, documented by research output in peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with and competencies to engage in dissemination to as well as knowledge exchange and collaborations with and for society
  • Experience with and competencies to act as project manager of research activities

About us

For 20 years CISC ( has conducted social scientific research into MOVEMENTS and the social and societal conditions for this: PHYSICAL MOVEMENTS - in the form of sports, play and other forms of physical activity, and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS in the form of associations, voluntary work and civil society.

Active Living ( is an interdisciplinary research unit with a focus on spaces and frameworks for active living. Based on health and social science approaches, we create and disseminate knowledge about the prerequisites for and significance of lifelong physical activity and movement. Via socially relevant and up to date research, we challenge existing understandings and truths about the significance of individual, social and structural factors for active living. In these ways, we strive to make a difference – both scientifically and at broader societal levels.

The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics adheres to SDU's strategy and values ( Our department is 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 and contact

Non-Danish speaking candidates will be expected to learn to speak 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. Further, the candidate must be able to disseminate knowledge to practitioners in Danish in the second and third year of employment. The department offers free language classes and a reduction in workload to support non-Danish speaking employees.

For further information, please contact associate professor and project owner for ‘Moving Denmark’, Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, telephone +45 6550 4859, email, professor Thomas Skovgaard, Head of Research Unit, telephone +45 6550 3428, e-mail, or professor Jens Troelsen, Head of Department, telephone +45 6550 3493, email

Application deadline

August 25, 2024, at 23.59 hrs. CEST

Conditions of employment

The employment takes place in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Organization of the Academics.


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 cover letter stating your specific interest, motivation, and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages).
  • A CV 
  • Copies of certificates/diplomas including evidence of acquisition of a PhD degree or equivalent
  • A complete and numbered list of publications
  • The up to 3 scientific, peer-reviewed publications that the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment of his or her scientific qualifications. (Please note that one PDF file must be attached for each publication).

Incomplete applications will not be assessed. 

Applications may be shortlisted.

Assessment of (shortlisted) applicants will be done in accordance with the current/applicable university recruitment order. Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee, and applicant will be informed of their assessment by the university.

If you experience technical problems, you must contact

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. 

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



  • Job Identification1755
  • Job CategoryVIP
  • Posting Date05/15/2024, 03:10 PM
  • LocationsCampusvej 55, Odense M, 5230, DK
  • Apply Before08/25/2024, 11:59 PM
  • Job ScheduleFull time

SDU - Univerisity of Southern Denmark

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Deadline: 2024-08-25
Location: Denmark, Odense
Categories: Health Science, Postdoc, public health, Social Science, sociology, Sports Science ,


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