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D-IAS Assistant Professor in applied philosophy with a special focus on movement and health

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS) seeks an outstanding candidate to fill a position at Assistant Professor level in the field of applied philosophy with a special focus on movement and health.

The position is sponsored by The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics. The department is located at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense.

The assistant professor will be employed on August 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be for four years with the possibility of a subsequent two years of employment as Associate Professor.

In addition, the D-IAS fellow will be awarded DKK 500,000 per year for three years for travels, conferences, hiring and the like from D-IAS. This funding is to be spent in consultation with the D-IAS mentor and the Head of the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics.


D-IAS aims to inspire ground-breaking ideas through the meeting of minds across the sciences and humanities. The D-IAS engages leading academics through its visitor program, weekly lectures, and quarterly colloquia. There is a strong focus on talent development of young researchers who work on game-changing ideas. Eminent academics are appointed as chairs, and in that capacity form the backbone of the D-IAS as they catalyze activities within their field.

D-IAS offers a uniquely ambitious research environment to this particular position, and, for the successful candidate, a position where options for tenure will be discussed during a third-year review. In addition, D-IAS offers the strongest possible support in applications for further external funding from prestigious national and European funding schemes, e.g., Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC starting grants. We expect the applicants to actively engage in the development of the research unit as well as contribute to the interdisciplinary research in DIAS. 

More information about D-IAS activities can be found on our website

The Department of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the research unit Movement, Culture and Society at The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics. Movement is at the heart of the unit's research and understanding of human life. Research approaches spans philosophical analyses, qualitative methodologies and cultural analyses and the research unit holds a strong and leading international profile in integrating phenomenology and qualitative research methodologies. The candidate will be expected to engage in the interdisciplinary fields of integrating philosophical analysis and actual practices related to health and/or movement activities. We expect the candidate tosynergize with existing research activities and to actively engage in the development of the research unit. For more information about the research unit, please visit the website

Besides the research fields of Sports Science and Movement Studies the department also houses research in Physiotherapy and Clinical Biomechanics and education of health-related professionals. The department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles. For more information about the department and its strategy, please visit the website

We are looking for a candidate with

  • Strong methodological skills
  • A clear academic profile as well as an ambitious research and funding strategy (elaborated in a research plan)
  • A strong publication record
  • A strong international profile
  • Documented experience for collaborative work and interest in interdisciplinary cooperations
  • Exceptional potential to excel research in applied philosophy

For further information please contact Professor Susanne Ravn or the Dean of The Faculty of Health Sciences, Ole Skøtt

Application, salary, etc.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information about salary and taxation.

Teaching obligations will be reduced, compared to a regular assistant professor position at SDU.

To qualify for the position as assistant professor you must have completed a PhD-degree by the application deadline.

An application must include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • A complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • 3 (up to 5) of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
  • Three letters of recommendation from acknowledged international researchers which must be submitted directly by the references to Specialist Consultant Elisabeth Lohmann  mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.
  • Research plan for the next three years, including description of the synergy with the Department as well as interdisciplinarity in DIAS. 

Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

Application and all appendices must be in English. Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

To English speaking applicants: Please make sure to enter the electronic application form via the English website in order to receive further information in English.

We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Health Sciences may reject your application without further notice.

Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”. The Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.

How to apply

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Work in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

SDU and DIAS wish our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

SDU was founded in 1966 and now has more than 27,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from abroad. It has more than 3,800 employees, and 115 different study programmes in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering. Its main campus is located in Odense, the third largest city in Denmark. Odense provides family-friendly living conditions with the perfect combination of a historic city centre with an urban feel and yet a close proximity to beaches and recreational areas. Its location on the beautiful island of Funen is ideal with easy access by train or highway to the bigger cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen. As the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s famous fairytale author, the city is home to a vibrant and creative population that hosts numerous festivals and markets throughout the year. 



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