Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology
Aalborg University, Department of Communication and Psychology, The Faculty of Humanities



At the Department of Communication and Psychology, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, we offer a permanent position as Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology with the aim of complementing and extending our existing expertise in the psycho social aspects of rehabilitation. The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: rehabilitation psychology, user perspectives, and narrative identity. The position opens at September 1, 2019



During their employment as Associate Professor, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • deliver the highest quality of teaching, supervision, and the associated examinations, as required across a range of modules offered on the bachelor and master programme in Psychology, including topics on rehabilitation psychology, advanced applied psychology, narrative methods, and cognitive psychology.

  • undertake research and publish research outputs of an internationally recognized quality

  • engage in external research networks and collaborations, and create and sustain good relations with researchers of various cultural and research backgrounds

  • engage with external organisations to support the research portefolio associated with the positon

  • participate positively and fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department of Communication and Psychology

The position entails international level research within rehabilitation psychology, and the applicant is expected to have research experience in one of more of the following areas:

  • Psycho social intervention and the rehabilitation concept

  • User perspectives on rehabilitation

  • Disability Studies (e.g., disability and identity, or narrative approaches)

  • Anthrozoology (e.g., Companion Animal Benefits or Animal Assisted Intervention)

In relation to research, applicants should document:

  • Experience, competences and achievements that demonstrate the ability to produce high quality research

  • A personal research plan which is consistent with the Department of Communication and Psychology’s research strategy and demonstrates the applicants plans for developing new research projects and products

  • Experience, competences and achievements that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to engage in external collaborations, both nationally and internationally

  • Experience, competences and achievements that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to engage with non-academic parties for enhancing the impact of research.

  • Experience in Applying for external funding. Succesful applications for external funding is not a prerequisite, but is considered an advantage.


In relation to teaching, applicants should document:

  • Experience, competences and achievements that demonstrate the applicant’s teaching ability, at the highest level of psychology education, and with a range of pedagogical approaches including problem based learning, project supervision, supervision of group work, interactive seminars, and lectures.

  • Their ability to teach and assess written and oral performances in English, and to appropriate similar competences in Danish within two years. 


In relation to general competences, applicants should also:

  • Document experience, skills or achievements which demonstrate the ability or potential to work collaboratively with colleagues, participate fully in the day-to-day activities of the Department and research group, and foster a positive and collegial working environment More information about the research profile of the Department can be found here:

  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.


The successful candidate will primarily be affiliated with the knowledge group CeDAPS (Center for Developmental & Applied Psychological Science), which conducts research within the following main areas:

  •  Psycho social outcome of rehabilitation interventions for people with aquired brain injury or chronic diseases, and their close relatives

  • Typical and atypical language and reading development and mental health

  • Aversive childhood trauma and mental health

  • Anthrozoology

  • Psychological effects of digital media

  • Narrative and identity

  • Dynamic assessment and intervention for children and youth with communicative, reading and social challenges, and clinical groups (ADHD, ASD, and developmental language problems)


In terms of personal qualities, the successful candidate is expected to have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain good rapport with researchers of various cultural and political backgrounds.


Associate professorship 
An appointment as associate professor is a permanent appointment which includes an obligation to carry out research and teaching activities. To some extent, additional tasks may be defined by the University.


Applicants for the associate professorship are required to possess research qualifications at such a level as can be attained through the successful completion of a term of employment as assistant professor, researcher, postdoc or other similar positions. Applicants must document research at an international level. In addition, applicants are assumed to have received supervision and pedagogical skills development and to have obtained a positive written assessment of their teaching qualifications.


The application must contain the following:

  • Your CV

  • A complete publication list specifying publication types (monographs, co-authored publications, journals, etc.). All attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment must be clearly indicated in the list. No more than ten publications may be attached.

  • In case you attach joint publications, a co-author statement must be enclosed specifying your contribution to the joint work. The co-author statement must be signed by at least one of the co-authors Template co-author declaration, at the bottom of this page

  • Documentation of your teaching qualifications (Guide, at the bottom of this page)

  • Copies of your degree certificates (including Master’s and PhD certificates) 

Applicants will be assessed by an expert assessment committee. Applicants may subsequently be invited to an interview and/or asked to give a trial lecture.


AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.


Any enquiries about the position may be addressed to Head of Departmen Mikael Vetner, email, telephone (+45) 9940 7263, or Interim Head of Knownleagdegroup Tia G. B. Hansen email, telephone (+45) 9940 9078. 

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email 

Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English.

Expectations for a scientific employee can be foundhere



Employment will be in accordance with the stipulations of the Danish Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (The Appointment Order), and the Danish Ministry of Finance's current circular on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and remuneration will be in accordance with the collective agreements for academics employed by the Danish state.







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