22 April 2022

Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology with Focus on Medical Science and Technology

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Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology with Focus on Medical Science and Technology

The University seeks to appoint an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology with Focus on Medical Science and Technology to the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen to commence 1 October 2022.

The position belongs to the Section of Health Services Research which covers general areas of health services research carried out by an interdisciplinary research group. The section’s research includes science and technology studies, migrant health, socio-technical studies of digital health, health policy analysis, and the use of effect of health care services and interventions.

Information on the department can be found at: https://publichealth.ku.dk.

Job description
The Associate Professorship should strengthen the Department’s competences within innovative ethnographic research on medical science and technology. The Associate Professor should contribute significantly to teaching qualitative methodologies and to the study of the daily practices and challenges of developing, implementing and facing new medical technologies in healthcare. Further, it is expected that the successful candidate is an outstanding scholar, who is able to advance the field of medical anthropology by entering close collaborative and cross-disciplinary relationships with actors in the medical field and by contributing actively to political and ethical debates. Finally, the Associate Professor should have significant experience with developing and managing courses, participating in public engagement, and show abilities to attract external funding.

Accordingly, the Associate Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications
Six overall criteria apply for Associate Professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to document:

  • 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
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

The Associate Professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment
The position is a permanent position. The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week. 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.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Theis Lange, thlan@sund.ku.dk. Foreign applicants may find this link useful: https://www.ism.ku.dk/ (International Staff Mobility).

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

  • Application, including information about external funding (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio)

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for 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 https://jobportal.ku.dk/.

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. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, 3 May 2022.


Theis Lange 


About the position

Workplace: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

Work hours: Full time

Hiring type: Permanent employment

Apply here.

The deadline is May 3rd 2022.