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Associate Professor in Rheumatology Rehabilitation (combined position)

The Research Unit of Rheumatology, Department of Regional Health Research (IRS), University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and the Danish Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases invite applications for a position as Associate Professor in Rheumatology Rehabilitation to be filled in as soon as possible.

The position is open to health professionals (psychologist, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist or social worker) or other relevant fields. The position encompasses 50 % research time (IRS/SDU) and 50 % clinical work at the Danish Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Sønderborg. The position is limited to three years with possibility of extension.

The preferred candidate possesses a scientific degree, at least PhD, and documents interest and international research experience in rehabilitation.

The Research Unit in Rheumatology is an integrated part of the Danish Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, University Hospital of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg. The hospital is owned by the Danish Rheumatism Association and is the only highly specialized hospital for rheumatic diseases in Denmark.

The Research Unit in Rheumatology consists of three professors, one senior researcher, four PhD students and three research assistants. The hospital and the research unit hold a long record of user involvement in clinical practice, development tasks and research.

Job description

The position as associate professor in rheumatology rehabilitation is created with the aim to expand the research in rheumatology rehabilitation with special focus on inflammatory rheumatic conditions.

The applicant will work in close collaboration with the two professors in rheumatology rehabilitation, Jette Primdahl and Ann Bremander, and will refer to the head of the research department.

The work involves research, professional development, supervision and assessment work. Engagement in educational activities at the SDU is possible. The applicant is expected to contribute to a positive work environment and must demonstrate an interest in and participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectional collaboration.

The applicant is expected to have good networking skills to join strong, existing cross-sectoral networks and to cultivate further networking in the field of rheumatology rehabilitation. Good oral and written communication skills in Danish are necessary.

The academic position

Areas of research can encompass the following tasks:

  • Evaluation of current interventions in relation to rheumatology rehabilitation
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of novel interdisciplinary interventions
  • Surveys and epidemiology across the field of rheumatology rehabilitation
  • Dissemination of research findings and the delivery of evidence-based training and education to rheumatology health professionals
  • All phases of assessment, development and management of research projects 

The clinical position

Clinical duties will vary depending on the applicant’s professional background. However, both clinical and research duties must have a strong and inherent connection and must be discussed and established with the hospital management. Depending on clinical qualifications, the clinical duties can include outpatient clinic, supervision, and training of staff and students at the Danish Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Senior Consultant Vibeke Stevenius Ringsdal, e-mail:, phone: +45 24205624, Professor in Rheumatology Rehabilitation, Jette Primdahl, e-mail:, phone: +45 2420 6692, Professor in Rheumatology Rehabilitation, Ann Bremander, e-mail:, phone +45 2031 9716 or Head of Department of IRS, SDU, Rikke Leth-Larsen, e-mail: , phone: +45 3082 7801.

The applicant is expected to have:

  • A PhD degree
  • Relevant research experience documented by publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Successful track record in obtaining research funding
  • A documented record of teaching experience and teaching skills including experiences from teaching and supervision of clinical staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

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 – including the required attachments – must be sent electronically via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted and assessed. 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 include (as PDF- or docx-files):

  • A motivation letter
  • A CV
  • Certificates (inclusive of PhD-diploma)
  • A Teaching portfolio
  • A Research plan, including an account of own research and a vision for future research in the research unit at the hospital
  • A Track record in research funding
  • A complete and numbered list of peer-reviewed publications
  • Eight peer-reviewed publications considered by the candidate to be most important for this position. Please note that one PDF- of docx-file must be attached for each publication.

Incomplete applications, which do not meet the above-mentioned requirements, will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

References will be obtained for the applicant who is the first choice for the position – from the applicant’s most recent employer, and from previous employers as required.

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

Gender equality, health, safety and emergency management are given high priority at SDU and Department of Regional Health Research.

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

Location: Sønderborg

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants.


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