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Professorship (5-year 20%) in patient safety at Department of Clinical Epidemiology 948994

Aarhus University, Health, Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Epidemiology wants to fill one vacant position as professor in patient safety. 

The workplace address is Olof Palmes Allé 43-45, 8200 Aarhus N. 

The Department of Clinical Medicine has – in close collaboration with hospitals – the overall responsibility for research and for the teaching of medical students at the hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. The majority of research takes place at Aarhus University Hospital, though there is also an increasing level of activity at the regional hospitals. 

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology is a research department at Aarhus University Hospital within the Institute of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University. Researchers in the Department use advanced epidemiological methods to study the prognosis of patient populations and are engaged in research, counselling, and improving the quality of care and treatment offered to patients. 

The Department is chaired by a clinical professor who is also head consultant. The Department employs another professor and 5 consultants, as well as 3 staff specialists and approximately 40 PhD students.

Expected start date as well as duration of employment
The position, which is a part-time position with 7.4 hours per week, is expected to be filled on 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term employment of five years with effect from the start date of employment.

Reporting relationship
You will be employed with reference to the clinical professor at the Department.

The professor is expected to spend approximately 20% FTE on research tasks related to surgical patient safety. 

The professor’s responsibilities will include the following:
• Consolidate and further develop the research program in patient safety.
• Secure infrastructure in the form of establishing a relevant large research dataset based on Danish and Nordic registries for studies of patient safety in collaboration with biostatisticians.
• Ensure national and international cooperation in the field of clinical epidemiology and surgical patient safety allowing for clinical collaboration and method development.
• Initiate and expand research on highest international level within surgical patient safety.
• Develop a financing plan that ensures that the research program is financially self-sustaining and independent.
• Participate in both pre- and post-graduate teaching activities within clinical epidemiology and surgical patient safety, supervise PhD-students and research year students.

The professor should be a medical doctor with a documented research portfolio at an international level within clinical epidemiology and patient safety, have solid teaching skills, and be experienced in supervision of PhD and research year students. In addition, experience in research leadership and international collaboration is valued.

We offer
We offer employment in a unique research environment and in a department with an international culture. 

The aim of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology is to conduct free and independent research at an international level. The department has a special obligation to strengthen and extend clinical research on health services in the Central Denmark Region. The department also has the responsibility to secure, maintain, and increase the use of regional registries for research purposes, e.g., drug registries, birth registries, and regional hospital information systems. The department also has comprehensive activities within contracted research. 

The department’s overall strategic aim is to conduct high quality epidemiological research within
• Prevention
• Diagnosis
• Prognosis
• Treatment 

The research is managed by the department’s clinical professor in accordance with the agreement with the Central Denmark Region/Aarhus University. All employees are expected to participate in and promote an active research environment.

Further information
For further information, please contact Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen, Tel 87168063. Required qualifications

In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on the extent, quality and originality of the applicants body of international scientific publications, including contributions to further developing the subject area in question. Moreover, an assessment will be made of the applicants research management abilities.

Formalities and references

  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities (in Danish).


    Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications, a research plan as well as a teaching portfolio. A maximum of ten of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted. If you have an assessment within the same job title (completed after March 1, 2016 at AU, Health), then this can be attached to the application.

    Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the facultys Guidelines for applicants and Aarhus Universitys Guidelines on the use of teaching portfolios.

    The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its assessment. In such cases, the applicant will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless the application is withdrawn.

    Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form below or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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