Associate Professor in Psychiatry (Precision Medicine and Big Data)

A full-time position as an Associate Professor is vacant at the Research Unit of Psychiatry, the Department of Clinical Research (KI), University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

The position is limited to 5 years with a possibility of extension. Commencement as soon as possible.

The academic position, expectations, and qualifications:

The creation of the position directly supports ambitions within the topic of personalized medicine and big data outlined in “Psykiatriplan” from The Region of Southern Denmark

The applicant is expected to have an excellent academic track-record and research experience within psychiatry and documented experience with applying state-of-the-art methods to answer research questions within the field of precision psychiatry.

The candidate is further expected to demonstrate a high level of independence and ability to plan, design, and conduct studies within the topic of precision medicine to advance current knowledge and inform clinical practice. Acknowledging how broad the topic of precision psychiatry is, we welcome applicants with specific interest within areas of precision medicine, precision intervention, and/or precision prevention through early identification of at-risk groups or individuals.

There will be opportunities for the candidate to independently plan, design, and conduct research projects within the topic of precision psychiatry, focused on specific mental disorders (diagnoses) or outcomes. This work should be aimed at supporting risk stratification and individualized care within psychiatry. For all projects the candidate is expected to identify and collaborate with local, national, and international experts.

The candidate will further be responsible for conducting statistical analyses for planned studies and oversee/supervise statistical analyses conducted by collaborators or students working in the group. Further responsibilities will be securing updated datasets suited for the research ambitions of the group, including creating and updating datasets on servers/platforms at Statistics Denmark and/or Sundhedsdatastyrelsen, as well as ensuring all procedures and handling of data follows guidelines and rules (GDPR).

Other expectations include the candidate actively contributes to the research ambitions outlined by the Region of Southern Denmark, aimed at applying the use of precision medicine in research and consequently in clinical care in the region.

All work will be done in very close collaboration with members of the working group for precision medicine and is expected to support the development of precision medicine within the department.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Trine Munk-Olsen at the  Department of Psychiatry, e-mail:, phone: +45 2446 6297 , Head of Research at KI- OUH Tanja Maria Sheldrick-Michel, e-mail:, phone: +45 9944 8929 or Head of Department of Clinical Research, SDU, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, e-mail:, phone: +45 6011 3046.


Applicants must have a PhD within Health Science, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Biology, or equivalent qualifications. Furthermore, the successful candidate will preferably document a strong track record of:

  • Dissemination and publication (international peer-reviewed journals)
  • Research output specifically relevant for advancing precision psychiatry, including work considering individual variability in risk factors related to environment, genes, biological measures and/or lifestyle.
  • Research output demonstrating ability to answer complex research questions applying different use of analytic approaches and study designs.
  • Supervision and teaching experience (Bachelor to PhD level)
  • Attracting external research funding.
  • Using data from e.g., population registers and/or biological, genetic, or -omics data for research purposes, including track record of handling large datasets, hands on experience with applications for data access, and complete understanding of requirements for working on datasets including personal and sensitive information.

Salary and terms of employment

The applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC  (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent electronically via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted and assessed. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 MB.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The Application must include (as PDF or docx-files):

  • Cover letter (application)
  • A detailed CV
  • Degree certificates (including PhD diploma, all documents combined in a single PDF file)
  • A teaching portfolio
  • A research plan which details the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work, where emphasis can be on plans for research topics but also plans for application of specific study designs/methods and statistical analyses.
  • References
  • A complete and numbered list of publications
  • 6 scientific peer-reviewed publications which the candidate considers as most important for the position. The selection of these publications can both reflect research topics, but also be selected to demonstrate expertise in specific methods applied. Please note that one PDF or docx.-file must be attached for each publication.

Incomplete applications, which do not meet the above-mentioned requirements, will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

References will be obtained for the applicant who is the first choice for the position – from the applicant’s most recent employer, and from previous employers as required.

Further particulars concerning the application – please see the link below.

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

Living and Working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salarytaxationhousing and accompanying family. For further information on what it is like working at SDU, please read “10 good reasons why you should choose SDU”. Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark.

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants.