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Clinical Professor in General Surgery (combined position)

A combined position as clinical professor (50%) and as consultant (50%) is vacant at the Department of Regional Health Research (IRS), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and at the Department of Surgery,  Hospital of South West Jutland respectively.

The position is for a 5-year period with possibility of extension.

The academic position

The clinical professor will be appointed at the Department of Regional Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU. The position will be within general surgery, and focus areas could include, yet are not limited to

1) gastrointestinal surgery, specially optimizing surgical treatment of colon cancer by improving preoperative detailed staging and planning,
2) optimizing the use of information from resections, clinical and pathological, for further treatment,
3) integrating different specialiies in to a treatment strategy. Trans-sectional research and collaboration is expected.

Areas of responsibility

The clinical professor will be responsible for developing research in the surgical specialties. The clinical professor will also be responsible for developing new strategies for collaboration with other key stakeholders in the areas of medical technical engineering and public healthcare.

Additionally, the clinical professor should teach and mentor postdocs, PhD-students, and undergraduate students, as well as maintain and develop national and international contacts and secure funding. Participation in assessment work is part of the position. Moreover, profiling this research area in the public eye will be an important task. From the year 2022, the professor will be expected to participate in the teaching and instruction on the new master’s programme in Medicine in Esbjerg. 

Research activity, network and collaboration

The clinical professor will be expected to increase research activity at the research unit and to expand collaboration with other researchers at the hospitals in the region of Southern Denmark, at SDU, in the rest of Denmark and abroad.

The clinical position

The clinician will be appointed as consultant at the Department of Surgery, Hospital of South West Jutland. The consultant must fulfil the requirements and responsibilities of a consultant in a department of surgery.


The successful applicant has a PhD or equivalent post-graduate research qualifications and must be qualified as a consultant in general surgery.

Additionally, the applicant must have substantial skills in both clinical aspects and in research within the field of general surgery.

The preferred candidate has demonstrated skills and scientific achievements within this area, is able to motivate, supervise and has proven research management skills, good collaborations abilities and has visions of how to further strengthen the Research Unit of Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology/ Hepatology. Danish language skills are not required initially, however, should be mastered within the first 2 years of employment.


The Hospital of South West Jutland has received acknowledgement of high-quality research and education and is part of the University Hospital of Southern Denmark.  The Hospital of South West Jutland is located in Esbjerg and Grindsted respectively. The hospital treats patients in almost all specialties, both medically and surgically. For more information, please see Key Figures, Strategic Plan, and Research Strategy. 

The Department of Regional Health Research supports research in relation to the person as a whole, the good life and the more common diseases, makes out a platform for scientists and educators and builds a bridge between University of Southern Denmark, Region of Southern Denmark, Region Zealand, the hospitals in the two regions and the patient. The department focuses on the continuity of patient care across sectors, hospitals and specialist fields


The clinical professor will refer to Executive Consultant Christina Tinghus in matters concerning the clinical part of the job, and to the Head of the Department of Regional Health Research, Rikke Leth-Larsen in matters regarding the professorship.

Contact information

Further information concerning the professorship can be obtained by e-mail to Coordinative Head of Research, IRS – Hospital of South West Jutland, Torben Knudsen email: +45 2162 7219, or to the Head of the Department of Regional Health Research, SDU, Rikke Leth-Larsen email: +45 3082 7801.

Further information concerning the position as consultant is available from the Executive Consultant at the Department of Surgery, Hospital of South West Jutland Christina Tinghus email:

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicant for the clinical professor position 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 via the below-mentioned link “Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. 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 contain (as pdf- or Word/docx- files):

  • a motivation letter
  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
  • a complete and numbered list of publications
  • 10 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the candidate as most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf- or docx- file must be attached for each publication
  • a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
  • a track record in obtaining research funding
  • a record of national and international research collaboration and collaborations with researchers in other disciplines and sectors
  • as to the post as consultant: information on the applicant’s own skills as concerns "the seven roles of the physician" inclusive of supporting evidence
  • a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

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.

Applicants selected for interview must expect to undergo a personality test specifically targeted on work-related matters.

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

Gender equality, health, safety and emergency management are given high priority at SDU and at the Department of Regional Health Research.

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. International Staff Office (ISO)at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salary, taxation, housing 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.


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