Professor of Paediatrics
University of Copenhagen

Professor of Paediatrics

Clinical Professor (chair) of Paediatrics (Fixed-Term, 10 Years)

Department of Clinical Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
 University of Copenhagen


The University seeks to appoint a clinical professor as chair of Paediatrics to the Department of Clinical Medicine to commence as soon as possible. The professorship is combined with a consultancy at one of the hospitals below. Please note that applicants may only apply for a consultancy at one of the hospitals.


  • Copenhagen University Hospital - Amager and Hvidovre, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescence Medicine
  • Copenhagen University Hospital - Herlev and Gentofte, Paediatric Department
  • Copenhagen University Hospital - Holbæk, Department of Paediatrics
  • Copenhagen University Hospital - Nordsjælland, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Copenhagen University Hospital - Rigshospitalet, Department for Children and Adolescents

It is a requirement for appointment that the applicant is accepted for both the professorship and the consultancy. In order to be considered for the position, the applicant must send an application to both the faculty (the professorship) and to one of the hospitals (the consultancy), cf. the simultaneously advertised consultancy positions. This also applies to applicants who are already employed as consultants at one of the hospitals. The advertisements for the consultancies are available at:


Information on the department can be found at:


Job description

The clinical professor acts as chair of the speciality and takes the lead in the general development of the speciality’s academic identity. Also, the clinical professor is the guarantor of the academic quality and relevance in the content of exam assignments.


When considering applications for the professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's ability to document a high level of original scientific work at an international level within the area of Paediatrics.


The professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publication/academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching, including associated examination
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of researchers
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments
  • Responsibility for promotion of the academic development of Paediatrics.

Required qualifications

Six overall criteria apply for 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 criterion here:

Furthermore, each applicant must be able to:


  • Document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, including considerable contributions to the development of the academic discipline
  • Manage research and other management functions, e.g., engage in the university’s external academic activities, as well as knowledge and technology transfer
  • Provide research-based teaching

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


Terms of employment

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 10 years.

For the professorship the appointee will receive a pensionable annual salary of 200,193.32 DKK (1 October 2023 level).

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.



For further information please contact the Head of Department Jesper Hastrup Svendsen,


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



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

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. The closing date for applications is 23.59 p.m. CET, 9 November 2023


Interviews for this position will most likely be held on 4 April 2024, afternoon.


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: 09-11-2023
Employment start: Start as soon as possible
Department/Location: Region Hovedstaden eller Region Sjælland
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