Associate Professor of Occupational Epidemiology

University of Copenhagen Department of Public Health


Associate Professor of Occupational Epidemiology

Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

A fixed-term 2.5-year Associate Professorship of Occupational Epidemiology is available at the Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, starting on 1 Jan 2021.

Research agenda: Healthy working conditions for people living with chronic disorders

The retirement age is being raised in many countries and the work force therefore includes an increasing number of employees living with chronic disorders. Employees with chronic illness may have special needs in relation to the organization and execution of tasks within the organization. The purpose of the research project is to investigate what characterizes the psychosocial work environment for employees with chronic disorders and to identify predictors for prolonged labor market attachment in this group. There will be a specific focus on workplace social capital, characterized by a high degree of trust, cooperation and sense of justice in the working group, as well as leadership. The project will primarily build on data from the large longitudinal Well-being in Hospital Employees (WHALE) study: The research agenda will be nested within the IDEAR network (, which provides an excellent opportunity for international network building within occupational epidemiology.

Information on the Department can be found at:  

Job description

The Associate Professor will participate in the interdisciplinary and dynamic research group in Complexity and Big Data Epidemiology at the Section of Epidemiology. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in an international research environment. The responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Develop and implement a research agenda within occupational epidemiology focusing on people living with chronic disorders, as outlined above;
  • Research within occupational epidemiology, including publication/academic dissemination;
  • Being involved in coordinating the existing research projects within occupational epidemiology at the section, including guidance and supervision of other researchers;
  • Adding to the academic and public dissemination of the results;
  • Acquisition of funding in order to develop the field into a permanent research agenda at the Department of Public Health;
  • Guidance and supervision of pre- and post-doctoral students;
  • Providing research-based teaching in occupational epidemiology or epidemiological methods;
  • Engaging in the university’s internal and external academic activities, including academic assessments;
  • Sharing knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in the public debate.

Required qualifications

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways;
  • Communicative skills in writing and speaking;
  • Research experience within occupational epidemiology;
  • Proven ability to attract funding is a plus;
  • Research-based teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies;
  • Collaborative and communicative skills.

The Associate Professor must have the ambition and willingness to compete at an international level to make impact.

In addition, we encourage applicants to inform themselves of the university's criteria for recognising merit:

Further information

Applicants may find the following links useful:

  • University of Copenhagen:
  • Department of Public Health:
  • Section of Epidemiology:
  • Research group on complexity and big data in epidemiology:
  • International Staff Mobility:

For specific information about the position, please contact Head of Section of Epidemiology Naja Hulvej Rod, tel. 35 32 67 35.

Terms of employment

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Motivated letter of application (max 2 pages). Please briefly describe your previous research experiences and interests as well as what attracts you to the position in terms of both the topic and the academic work.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • A certified/signed copy of degree certificate(s) (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • Research plan (3-5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan (2-4 pages)
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:

Application procedure

After the deadline for receipt of applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Sunday 9 August 2020.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 09-08-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

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