2 February 2022

Professor of Medical Psychology


The University seeks to appoint a professor to the Department of Public Health to commence 1 October 2022 or soon thereafter. 

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The professorship is in the Section of Environmental Health, which carries out basic research on environment and health throughout the life course, with methods ranging from experimental models to register-based epidemiology. The priority of the section is to contribute to future public health and prevention with original research and training of talented researchers. More information on the section can be found at https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/environment/.

The professorship will be placed within the Unit of Medical Psychology (UMP), which is part of the Section of Environmental Health. The Unit of Medical Psychology does research and teaching in a broad range of topics in the fields of psychology that are particularly relevant for medicine and other health sciences. The aim is to create and disseminate knowledge about the psychological causes and effects of disease and psychological factors in health promotion. For more see: https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/environment/psychology/. Information on the department at large can be found at: https://www.sund.ku.dk/ and about the Section at: https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/environment/.

Job description

When considering applications for the professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's high level of original scientific work at an international level within the area of medical psychology. Further, the professor should be able to contribute to the Department and the University as a whole through research, teaching, and academic citizenship. The UMP is involved in both basic psychological research and applied research, e.g. epidemiological research, animal-based research, and digital intervention research. The Professor will engage in the young, interdisciplinary and dynamic research environment at the Section of Environmental Health and the surrounding environments at the Department of Public Health and at the Faculty.

The 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 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 criteria here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit.

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to:

  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline
  • Manage research and other management functions, e.g. engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer
  • Provide research-based teaching

The professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.  The teaching includes teaching of psychology to the health educations (such as medical students) and therefore a degree in psychology or similar will be considered an advantage.

Terms of employment

The position is permanent and 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, https://www.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 motivation for applying for this position (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 10 publications to be considered in the evaluation
  • 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. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Thursday 17 February 2022.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held on 8 August 2022.