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Associate Professor Job in Health and Society – Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde University (RUC)


The Department of People and Technology is the largest department at Roskilde University and covers a wide range of subject areas, broadly focusing on human-society-technology interactions. Currently, the department invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Health and Society – Denmark, Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of People and Technology
Roskilde University (RUC)

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Qualification Details

Applicants must have qualifications equal to what can be expected from a completed assistant professor period at a research university, topically relevant for the research area of Health and Society.

The applicant is expected to possess initiative and good cooperative skills, be visible and actively contributing to organizing the daily activities in the research group of Health Promotion and Health Strategies and the connected teaching programmes. Both professional and social competences will be prioritized in the efforts to create an inspiring daily working environment.

The applicant is expected to:

  • Have a social science profile relevant for developing the research area of Health and Society
  • Have abilities to develop the methodology of qualitative and mixed methods related to Health and Society research
  • Have strong cooperation skills and experiences

Within three years of employment, the applicant is expected to be able to teach in Danish. Experiences with problem-oriented project supervision and teaching at university level is an advantage.


AssessmentIn the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to

  • relevance of research expertise for the research groups focus areas,
  • scientific production and research potential at an international level,
  • the ability to create, promote and utilize research results,
  • experience in teaching and education development and management,
  • the ability to create an engaged and interactive learning environment that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their profiles,
  • the ability to attract external funding and manage research projects in collaboration with external partners such as public authorities, private companies, NGO’s etc.
  • networks, experience from research environments and collaborative abilities

Responsibilities/Job Description

The associate professor’s work will primarily include research (including publication/academic dissemination work) and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also requires share of knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in public debates. Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to develop skills as research manager. Applicants are referred to the university’s Faculty expectations for specifications on the required level of qualifications within research, teaching, networking, fundraising, impact and outreach etc.

The ideal candidate for this position is expected to:

  • Perform and publish research meeting high international standards
  • Acquire research funding and develop research partnerships
  • Contribute to the development of the research profile of the Department People and Technology and the research area of Health and Society, addressed by the research group of Health Promotion and Health Strategies
  • Contribute to increasing the international recognition of the research conducted
  • Develop and nurture research networks nationally and internationally, including civil and public sector partners
  • Take responsibility to strengthen the Departments profile around qualitative and mixed methods in the research area of Health and Society
  • Play a key role in developing the educational programmes towards a stronger orientation of mixed methods design, analysis and theory of the Department of People and Technology, including the Master’s programme of Critical Health Studies (120 ECTS) and the Master’s programme of Health Promotion (60 ECTS); see: Tværvidenskabelige Sundhedsstudier | Roskilde Universitet ( (access by 1 October 2021, only in Danish), and Master i Sundhedsfremme | Roskilde Universitet ( (only in Danish).
  • Teach/supervise/assess PhDs, take part in the doctoral school’s teaching programme, and attract new PhD students
  • Act as a mentor for junior researchers with guidance and supervision
  • Contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department including academic assessments
  • Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at the Department

The applicant must participate actively in the activities organized by the research group and contribute to the development of problem-oriented and transdisciplinary research projects with colleagues as well as external partners.

The applicant must contribute to the ongoing development of the problem-oriented problem learning model and be part in strengthening the interdisciplinary, exemplary and collaboratory approach, characteristic of the teaching environment at Roskilde University.

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Documents Required

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Research plan (2 pages, based on own experience and visions)
  4. Description of own research network and collaboration experience (1 page)
  5. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
  6. Documentation of education
  7. A complete list of publications
  8. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessmentIf any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here).

About the Department

Health and Society is one of the main research areas of the Department of People and Technology, engaged in national and international health research. As an Associate Professor you will be part of the research group Health Promotion and Health Strategies. Our research aims at developing critical sociological and humanistic health research and knowledge that seeks to improve the conditions for healthy lives and healthy societies. We have a long tradition of involving public and private institutions, organisations, private companies, NGOs and others, in our research and teaching. We therefore encourage candidates from transdisciplinary research environments possessing the ability to collaborate with researchers from multiple fields of research to apply for this position.

The research group aspires to widen its methodological base, to include more qualitative and complex data handling. We are looking for an applicant, who is building a strong research profile related to mixed methods, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, and with a clear and substantial theoretical anchoring in the research area of Health and Society. We expect an applicant that can make a substantial contribution to shaping and developing an advanced mixed methodology together with the research group Health Promotion and Health Strategies. The applicant must have documented abilities to engage in quantitative/qualitative methods teaching, to develop strong data-theory interactions, and to publish in international scientific journals, with a specific orientation towards using mixed methods approaches in the publications. The applicant should have some experience in fund raising and project management. Finally, we expect that the applicant has experience of cooperating with fields of practice, institutions and organizations outside academia, and with an established academic and professional network. Knowledge sharing is a fundamental part of our ways of developing and practicing education and research.

We expect the applicant to teach in courses with a focus on quantitative methods, mixed methods, and sociological analysis-and-theory-development courses, with a particular focus on applying mixed methods. The teaching tasks consist partly of project supervision and partly of course teaching.

About the Employer: Roskilde University (RUC)

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact the Dean, Andreas de Neergaard tel. +45 24434331 /; or head of the Health Promotion and Health Strategies research group Mari Holen tel. (+45) /

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