Associate Professorships of Interdisciplinary Health and Work Psychology and Consciousness Studies
University of Copenhagen Department of Psychology

One or more Associate Professorships in Interdisciplinary Health and Work Psychology and Consciousness Studies

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), plans to expand faculty staff by offering one or more positions as Associate Professors in Interdisciplinary Health Psychology, Work Psychology, and Consciousness Studies. The department prefers applications within the areas mentioned, but also welcome application within all fields of psychology. The position(s) will be available from 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The hired candidate(s) will join a group of faculty members in Clinical and Health Psychology and will be part of and contribute to this research area at the Department. Exceptional candidates in research and teaching with an international network and a strong potential for collaborations at the Department and University levels are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Psychology covers a broad range of disciplines including Clinical and Health Psychology, Cognitive and Neuropsychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Personality Psychology, Psychology of the Humanities, Social Psychology, and Work- and Organizational psychology. The department has excellent facilities for various research approaches. Our staff comprises about 35 faculty, 10 postdocs and 50 PhD students. About 240 students graduate in the five-year Master’s program in psychology per year. Next to psychology, the Faculty of Social Sciences includes the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Sociology, as well as several active research centers that bring together researchers across disciplines.

Job Description  

General duties attached to the position(s) as Associate Professor are:

  • Theoretical and empirical research within health psychology
  • Teaching, supervision, and examination of undergraduate and post-graduate students
  • Administrative tasks related to the positions
  • Attracting funding for applied and basic research within the fields of health and work psychology
  • Promoting a large societal impact of research-based health psychology in Denmark
  • Knowledge sharing with the rest of the society


Appointment as associate professor requires research and teaching qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment at the level of assistant professor or equivalent. Candidates must have a PhD in Psychology or equivalent academic qualifications and:

  • The candidate has an academic standing showing internationally competitive research within health psychology / mental health research / consciousness-related research, and have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact.
  • The candidate has documented strong experience with applied research within health psychology, such as theoretical development of mental health promotion initiatives, research in implemented health psychological programs, or experience with contributing to, for example, public mental health policies.
  • The candidate has also demonstrated strong experience with interdisciplinary psychological research of relevance to consciousness studies and basic research in health psychology, such as experience with experimental consciousness studies, studies of contemplative traditions, meditation research, fundamental neuroscience research, or test development / validation.
  • The candidate has potential to contribute to theoretical and applied innovation within health psychology by relating mental health research with studies of relevance to understanding fundamental aspects of human consciousness. For example, the candidate may demonstrate experience with studies of meditation, mindfulness, yoga, hypnosis, or other approaches to studying mental health and altered states of consciousness. A wide knowledge of critical issues in mental health promotion applying contemplative methods is necessary.
  • The candidate has shown leadership and potential to establish and head an interdisciplinary research-based health psychological clinic and experimental laboratory in these fields. While the clinic and laboratory are not yet established, emphasis is put on the applicant’s vision and plan of how to accomplish this. A strong clinical research unit is aimed for.
  • The candidate has a commitment to working as part of a team and assisting in the smooth running of the department and its teaching programs
  • The candidate has strong interpersonal and networking skills that enable the development of internal networks

Applied perspectives

An engagement in knowledge exchange and health psychological policy-making in Denmark is an advantage for the associate professor position. We encourage proactive engagement with public health parties, government, business and community partners to enhance the impact of the research and education and improve the employability of our students. Experience from collaboration with stakeholders beyond academia is therefore also an advantage.

In addition, the general criteria described in the Career Advancement and Recruitment Guidelines of the Department of Psychology will be considered in the selection process. See online guidelines here:

Conditions of employment

Terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary as Associate Professor is currently DDK 481,751. In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to the pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited from abroad, see


Applications must be written in English and must include the following information and documentation:

  • A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background including a record of research and international
    research cooperation
  • A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*)
  • The marked publications (maximum 6) must be uploaded in the application.
  • A Teaching portfolio in accordance with the Faculty’s rules:
  •  Documentation of experience with managing research and/or teaching.
  • Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society at large

If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. 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  

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in the positions to apply, regardless of personal background. 

Additional information can be obtained from Vibeke Koushede, Head of Department ( Information about the Department can be found at .

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR Søndre City, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 151802#1. 

The deadline for applications including enclosures is 1 June 2020 (at Midnight 23:59 Danish Time).

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply” and fill in the application form.  

Applications or additional material received after deadline will not be taken into account. 


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: 01-06-2020
Employment start: 01-08-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Psykologi

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