157786 Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Equity

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

The University seeks to appoint an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Equity to the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, to commence on May 1, 2023. The Associate Professor is expected to spearhead a research agenda that integrates modern methods from Epidemiology and Artificial Intelligence in the analysis of high-resolution life course data to understand and predict public health issues with a specific focus on health equity.

Denmark is one of the most data intensive countries in the world, which provide us with extensive possibilities to understand the health of our population and develop predictions for personalized medicine and prevention. At the same time, we believe it comes with an ethical obligation to use these data to search for and identify inequalities in the health care system. The successful candidate is expected to integrate analytical approaches from data science and epidemiology into optimal utilization of such multi-dimensional data, preferable in a life course perspective and with a specific focus on health equity. Epidemiology will also increasingly include less structured data such as smartphone activity data, image or location data, and the method development should also be aimed at including such less-structured data. The Associate Professor is expected to contribute to both theoretical and applied research within this area.

Information on the Department can be found at: https://sund.ku.dk/.  

Job description
The Associate Professor will participate in an interdisciplinary and dynamic research environment at the Section of Epidemiology. The responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Initiating an independent line of research on Epidemiology and Health Equity at an international competitive level including publication
  • Academic and public dissemination of the results;
  • Acquisition of competitive funding;
  • Providing research-based teaching in Epidemiology at a pre- and post-doctorate level including associated examination;
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers;
  • Engaging in the university’s internal and external academic activities.
  • 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 in Epidemiology;
  • Communicative skills in writing and speaking;
  • Research experience within Epidemiology or Data Science with a specific focus on health equity;
  • Collaborative and communicative skills.

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

Further information
(Inter)national applicants may find the following links useful:

Terms of employment
The position is a permanent position 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 Section of Epidemiology, Naja Hulvej Rod nahuro@sund.ku.dk, tel. 35 32 67 35.

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:

  • Motivated letter of application. 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 (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, Tuesday 6 December 2022.


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: 06-12-2022
Employment start: 01-05-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Public Health

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