Professor of Orthodontics
University of Copenhagen Department of Odontology

Professor of Orthodontics

(Alternatively Associate Professor Transferred to the UCPH Promotion Programme)

Department of Odontology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen seeks to appoint a professor to the Department of Odontology to commence as soon as possible. The position is permanent and primarily a full-time position.

About the department

We aim to promote health in the population by optimizing diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of diseases in the oral and craniofacial areas. Our purpose includes research-based and -integrating teaching to ensure that basic, translational, and clinical research reaches clinical practice.

We have a strong focus on interdisciplinary research across our three research sections and collaborate with national and international research institutions, regional hospitals, municipalities, private practice, and businesses in the medical field. Interdisciplinary collaborations support our aim to solve complex challenges regarding interactions between oral and medical diseases. The main body of staff at the Department of Odontology is financed by public funding.

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This professorship is positioned in the research section of Oral Health, Society and Technology.

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Job description

As a professor at the Department of Odontology your main emphasis will be on performing original and innovative scientific work at an international level and contribute with high quality research-based and -integrating teaching to the pre- and postgraduate curriculums. Other tasks include academic assessments and examination of bachelor’s and master’s degree students and postgraduate students in orthodontics, as well as supervision of PhD-students.

As professor of Orthodontics, you will be a central part of the forefront of research projects with the focus on orofacial functions and their relation to craniofacial development and dental occlusion, stress and pain in masticatory muscles of the head and neck. Research within new digital techniques and orthodontic treatment principles is also expected.

Specifically, you will be responsible for teaching orthodontics to pre- and postgraduate students and will be the driving force in developing the teaching including planning, implementation, and examination. Teaching and examination in orthodontics cover orthodontic diagnostics, development of dentition and occlusion, craniofacial development, and function in normal and pathological development as well as different types of orthodontic appliances and visitation. An essential part of being responsible for the teaching in Orthodontics is entailing the broad collaboration specifically with other clinical disciplines and bridging across the study programme in dental surgery.

In addition to building up and consolidating the above-mentioned research area, the professor will be expected to undertake responsibility for the Postgraduate Specialist Programme in Orthodontics, which is a 3-year programme conducted at the Department of Odontology in collaboration with the Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen).

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This task will depend on the professor’s qualifications and will be agreed upon in a dialogue with the Head of Department.

Required qualifications

The assessment will be made according to the University of Copenhagen’s six ordinary criteria for recognising merit. Find information about each criterion here:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Organisational contribution
  • External funding
  • Leadership

Only applicants with a DDS will be assessed and a postgraduate education in orthodontics is highly recommended.

At the interview the appointment committee will put emphasis on these 7 roles as professor:

You are a (medical) expert in the field of Orthodontics, who performs original and innovative research at a high international level that has an interdisciplinary impact for the benefit of students, patients, and the society. Your excellence/excellency will contribute to attracting external funding of direct and indirect research costs.

You are an excellent communicator who publishes in international peer-reviewed journals, shares your research and knowledge with national and international colleagues and actively contributes to the public debate by sharing your knowledge with the society.

You are a valuable collaborator, who has great collaborative skills with an interest in promoting long-lasting partnerships with other national and international researchers, the medical hospitals, medical industry, and private and public stakeholders.

You are a leader who possesses the skills to manage your research and teaching area with an emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and trusting relationships between you, colleagues, and students. As a supervisor of PhD students, pre-graduate research scholars, students at pre- and postgraduate levels, you are committed, supportive, and a role model for upcoming generations to secure the future of the research area. Management tasks include course leadership.

You are a health advocate and health promotor in your research and teaching with an insight into what is needed in the society to improve public and global health.

As a part of our academic staff, you will contribute to life-long learning in our interdisciplinary environment and to our ongoing development of the Department with your expertise and competencies, and thus contribute to a positive working and educational environment.

You are professional in your daily work and in your relationships with colleagues, students, and patients.

The professor is expected to be fluent in oral and written English, and international applicants are expected to learn Danish and to speak/understand the language at a sufficient level within a reasonable period. Danish authorisation and JUS are expected to be obtained on an individually planned agreement.

For candidates who do not completely fulfil the required criteria for a professor position, but fulfil all criteria as Associate Professor and demonstrate the potential to transition into a position as professor at the end of the programme may be transferred to the UCPH promotion programme to professor after employment. Find more information here:

Terms of employment

The position is a permanent position. The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation 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 Head of Department Anne Havemose-Poulsen, 

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 motivation for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Specialist, Master’s, PhD and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan including outreach and funding plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 10 publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:
  • Other relevant documents, e.g. contacts to references

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, 1 June 2023.

Interviews for this position are likely to be held in October 2023.


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.


Anne Havemose-Poulsen


Application deadline: 01-06-2023
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Odontology

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