Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Jurisprudence
University of Copenhagen Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Jurisprudence

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

The University seeks to appoint an Associate Professor to the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences to commence as soon as possible.

Information on the Department can be found at:  

Job description

The position advertised is in the field of veterinary epidemiology and jurisprudence. A broad documented knowledge of veterinary epidemiology and veterinary jurisprudence is a requirement. Also other research disciplines underlying the understanding of the biological background for legislation will be viewed as important qualifications. Candidates that can document experience with assessment of animal health and welfare of relevance to legislation will be preferred.

The applicant will be working in the Epidemiology group at the Section of Animal Welfare and Disease Control. Apart from Epidemiology group, the section also contains an Ethology group and a Bioethics group. Many of the projects at the section are collaborations between the groups especially in the overarching field of animal welfare, and an interest and willingness to do collaborative work is essential.

The duties of the position will include research and teaching as well as participation in the public sector services for the veterinary authorities. Therefore, research that can support decision making for authorities is considered important. Associate Professors at the department are also expected to attract own research funding.

The Associate Professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • Research, including publishing in international scientific journals and other academic dissemination
  • Research-based teaching in the field of veterinary epidemiology and jurisprudence, including associated examinations of students
  • Research leadership, including guidance and supervision of PhD students, Postdocs and Assistant Professors
  • Obligation to share knowledge with the rest of society, including participation in public debate
  • Academic assessments
  • Attract own research funding

Required qualifications

The successful applicant should be able to document:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as an Assistant Professor/Postdoc, but may also be obtained in other ways
  • Teaching qualifications and pedagogical competencies
  • Research-based teaching

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

In addition, we encourage applicants to inform themselves of the university's criteria for recognising merit:

Terms of employment

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance 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 Section Hans Houe, (,

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 motivations for applying for this position (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Research plan (3‐5 pages)
  • Uploads of maximum 5 relevant publications to be considered in the assessment
  • Teaching plan
  • Teaching portfolio (Guidelines:

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, Sunday 9 August 2020.


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: 09-08-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Veterinær- og Husdyrsvidenskab

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