Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Engagement
University of Copenhagen Department of Public Health

Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Engagement

Medical Museion, Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor to Medical Museion, Department of Public Health to commence 1 April 2022. The associate professor will also be affiliated and work closely with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metablic Research (CBMR).

Information on the Department can be found at:; and on Medical Museion at:

Job description:

Medical Museion is dedicated to examining medical science and health through culture and history, making imaginative connections between researchers and publics through collections, exhibitions, events, investigations and other collaborative activities. Our research is often collaborative; invariably connected to public and stakeholder activities; informed by philosophy and cultural theory; and draws on visual and material culture. It fits broadly into the field of medical humanities, and is topic led. These include interests in:

  • the human body
  • metabolism in science, society and culture
  • medical practices and their histories
  • cultures of scientific research
  • interdisciplinarity, especially between arts and sciences
  • museology and how publics engage with science and medicine.

The associate professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Curation of exhibitions & events; plus other stakeholder engagement and public outreach activities
  • Research and material-culture based teaching, including associated examinations
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments

Required qualifications

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criteria here:

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to document:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an assistant professor/postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Experience & flare for curation of exhibitions & events; plus other stakeholder engagement and public outreach activities
  • Research and material-culture based teaching, including associated examination
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies

The associate professor is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment

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.


For further information, please contact Director Ken Arnold, or Head of Department (acting) Theis Lange,,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).


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

  • Application, including motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Uploads of maximum 5 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Public engagement vision, with specific ideas for public outreach and stakeholder engagement (2-3 pages)
  • Teaching plan, focussing on collections/exhibitions/events-based pedagogy (1-2 pages)
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The Dean then appoints an expert assessment committee in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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

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.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.

Please submit the application with the required attachments. Only online applications will be accepted. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, Tuesday, 26 October 2021.


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: 26-10-2021
Employment start: 01-04-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Public Health

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