Teaching Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Emergency & Critical Care

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences invites applications for a full-time position as teaching assistant professor from 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will be part of the Section for Medicine, Oncology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology, working within the field of emergency and critical care (ECC) (daytime only).

The position is focused on clinical teaching as part of the clinical service of companion animal ECC but will also involve lectures in ECC as well as pre- and postgraduate course development and administration. The teaching assistant professor is not expected to drive own original research, but to support and assist in ongoing research at the department.

Information on the faculty and department can be found at: https://www.sund.ku.dk/ and www.ikv.ku.dk/english.

About us
Companion animal emergency and critical care is part of the Section for Internal Medicine, Oncology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology and collaborates closely with the University Hospital for Companion Animals and sections for Surgery, Cardiology and Neurology and Section for Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. 

Companion Animal emergency and critical care is a core discipline in the clinical veterinary curriculum as part of the veterinary education in Denmark. Companion Animal emergency and critical care runs a high throughput clinical service, for which seeing companion animal patients forms the basis for clinical teaching of veterinary students.

The Section for Internal Medicine, Oncology, and Veterinary Clinical Pathology´s  (https://ikv.ku.dk/forskning/medicin-onkologi-klinisk-patologi/) joint research area is the inter-dependency between inflammation and hemostasis as part of the innate immune defense and development of assays for predictive biomarkers in companion animal and comparative medicine.  The section holds clinical teaching and service obligations within companion animal general medicine, internal medicine, emergency and critical care, oncology, clinical nutrition and veterinary clinical pathology and collaborates across fields nationally and internationally.

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences covers strong and internationally recognized research areas in clinical veterinary sciences. Based on these, we want to set a new standard for cross-disciplinary research, education and innovation within animal health and disease. Our research supports teaching in a manner and quality, securing continued national and international benchmarking. The culture of the department is typical Scandinavian: a flat structure with a tradition for close collaboration in which all employees are expecting openness, mutual respect, and sharing of ideas, resources, and competences.

Job description
The teaching assistant professor will be a part, in daytime, of the Emergency and Critical Care team responsible for the 24/7/365 emergency service and the intensive care unit of The University Hospital for Companion Animals to which veterinary students are on call as part of their course in ECC and companion animal track. The teaching assistant professor will be in charge of teaching based on ECC patient receiving, work up, management and client education of ambulatory and intensive care primary and referral patients. The teaching assistant professor is expected to develop teaching materials, to be involved in pre-and postgraduate ECC teaching and course development. Further teaching responsibilities include bachelor, masters and post graduate masters project supervision. Furthermore, the teaching assistant professor will participate in training of the rotating clinical interns who service the hospital emergency service. The University Hospital for Companion Animals 24/7 service receives primary, secondary, and tertiary care patients from own practice and surrounding collaborating companion animal practices.

In considering applications for the teaching assistant professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant´s ability to document a high level of clinical experience in the field of companion animal emergency and critical care. Teaching experience is preferred, but not a requirement. The teaching assistant professor will be required to complete the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen assistant professor pedagogical degree (“Adjunktpædagogikum”) within the first year of employment.

Required qualifications

  • A DVM degree with license to practice in Denmark
  • Fluency in Danish, Swedish or Norwegian as well as in English
  • Solid clinical experience in companion animal emergency and critical care medicine from specialized companion animal practice
  • Candidates with documented clinical teaching experience will be preferred
  • Documented post-graduate training preferred e.g. post graduate master’s degree in companion animal clinical science, and/or post graduate education at the level of VetCEE/fagdyrlæge/steg 1/ Norwegian specialist

The teaching assistant professor is also required to be enterprising and to possess good communicative and interpersonal skills.

Place of employment
The place of employment is the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer a dynamic, stimulating, and international teaching and research environment.

Terms of employment
The position is full-time (daytime only) and is limited to a period of 4 years. Starting date is 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thererafter. 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. Read more about the qualifications for teaching assistant professors here https://www.retsinformation.dk/eli/lta/2019/1443

For further information about the post, please contact Associate professor in companion animal emergency medicine Rebecca Langhorn on TEL: +45304550066 or e-mail rel@sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.

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

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English will be assessed.

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.

Please submit your application no later than 14 December 2022.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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/.

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


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: 14-12-2022
Employment start: 01-02-2023
Department/Location: Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

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