Assistant Professor in Philosophy & Mental Health

The Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a 3-year fixed-term Assistant Professor in Philosophy & Mental Health from 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
We are seeking a philosopher, appointable at the level of Assistant Professor (3-year fixed-term), with research and teaching expertise in analytic philosophy and bioethics and a particular focus on either: mental health, philosophy of psychology or social justice.

Locally, you will join the bioethics group within the Department of Public Health. You will also be expected to collaborate closely with the global mental health group at the same department; and your research will be part of a large European mental health consortium across 7 countries, ADVANCE: a wide-ranging project which will deepen the understanding of the mental health promotion and prevention field. It will provide specific programs which can be replicated for key groups in diverse countries in Europe and create the guidance and methodologies required to ensure that effective mental health programs can be developed, adapted, implemented, assessed, and scaled. A key aim of the position will be to contribute to the ADVANCE project’s effort to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge integration for prevention and promotion efforts in the field of mental health, drawing on bioethics theory.

Flexibility and familiarity with empirical research and methods will be an important asset, as will be the ability to communicate and work across disciplinary boundaries, for example the various research disciplines engaged in research on the social determinants of mental health.

While the position will be mostly research-focused within the ADVANCE consortium, you will also be expected to contribute to teaching ethics and philosophy across some of our programs, such as for example medicine, global health, and public health.

The post of assistant professor requires research qualifications at least equivalent to those acquired through the completion of doctoral studies in this field. 

The assistant professor must be able to participate in the general administration of the institute, in examinations and in assessment committees.

The duties of the position will be divided equally between teaching and research (including related administration and dissemination). The assessment of applications will therefore focus on proven competences and work in these two areas (see further below).

In addition, the following professional and personal qualifications will be taken into account:

  • research skills and the degree of originality and scope of the scientific output
  • the applicant's scientific output, professional breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy
  • proven teaching skills.
  • experience and qualifications in disseminating research, sharing knowledge and engaging with the general public, media and policy
  • proven administrative skills

Applicants are encouraged to read the University of Copenhagen's guidelines for the preparation of teaching portfolios which can be found here:

Applicants will be assessed primarily on their research, which must be documented at an international level. Teaching qualifications are not a requirement, but proven teaching experience will be taken into account in the overall assessment. In addition, qualifications in terms of dissemination and external relations, including the ability to attract external funding, will be considered.

Read more about the qualification requirements for assistant professor positions in this document on the positions for academic staff at universities 2019 right here:

Six general criteria apply to the recruitment of adjuncts at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and management) are considered as a framework for an overall assessment of the applicant. In addition, each applicant must be assessed according to the specific requirements listed in this list of criteria. 

Read about KU's criteria for assistant professors here:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Ezio Di Nucci, e-mail:

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

Employment process
After the deadline for applications, the Hiring Manager, with the advice of The Appointment Committee, will select the applicants who will proceed to the evaluation stage. Applicants will be selected on the basis of an overall assessment of which candidates best match the recruitment needs of the faculty and the qualifications required as set out in the vacancy notice. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile, as set out in their CV, publication list, teaching portfolio and research plan. All applicants will be informed immediately whether their application has been forwarded to a peer review panel for assessment. Selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the committee and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which concerns them. 

The position is dependent on the signing of a grant agreement related to the ADVANCE project between the European Commission and the University of Copenhagen, which is currently being negotiated.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Applications or additional material received after this date will not be considered.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2023, 23:59 GMT +2

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan, including a brief description of previous research and a plan for the next years. Include a description of the research organisation efforts, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of courses, teaching materials, conduct of courses and other teaching) 
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. Included works are marked with an asterisk*

List of publications. Applicants may select a maximum of 5 publications to be considered for adjunct positions, of which at least 2 of the selected works must have been published within the last 5 years before the application deadline. The date of publication must be clearly marked on the publication list. The selected publications must be uploaded as attachments and numbered from 1-5.

If the publication has one or more authors or is the result of a collective effort, the part of the work for which the applicant is responsible must be clearly indicated. In exceptional cases, the faculty may request a statement from the co-authors on the extent and nature of their contribution to the work.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French will be assessed.


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: 15-04-2023
Employment start: 01-08-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institur for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

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