Syddansk Universitet

Syddansk Universitet,


Clinical Professor in Cardiac Surgery (combined position)


Syddansk Universitet

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A combined position as  a clinical professor (50%) and as a consultant (50%) is vacant at the Department of Clinical ResearchFaculty of Health SciencesUniversity of Southern Denmark (SDU)  and at the Department of Cardiac, Lung, and Vascular Surgery, Odense University Hospital (OUH) respectively.

The position is for a 5-year period with the possibility of extension.

The academic position

The clinical professor will be appointed at the Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU. The position will be within cardiac surgery, and focus areas could include, yet are not limited to, translational research regarding optimizing the patients' flow throughout their cardiac surgical procedure, including preoperative, perioperative and postoperative optimization. Trans-sectional research and collaboration will be expected.

Areas of responsibility

The clinical professor will be responsible for developing new strategies for collaboration with other key stakeholders in the areas of cardiac disease.

Additionally, the clinical professor must teach and mentor postdocs, PhD students, and undergraduate students scientifically, as well as maintain and develop national and international contacts and secure funding. Participation in assessment work is part of the position. Moreover, profiling this research area in the public eye will be an important task.

Research activity, network and collaboration

The clinical professor will be expected to increase research activity at the research unit and to expand collaboration with other researchers at hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark, at SDU, in the rest of Denmark and abroad.

The clinical position

The consultant will be appointed as a consultant at the Department of Cardiac, Lung, and Vascular Surgery, OUH. The consultant must fulfil the requirements and responsibilities of a consultant in a department of cardiac surgery, expected to have the ability to perform a wide range of cardiac surgical interventions, including valve sparring techniques.


The successful applicant has a PhD or equivalent post-graduate research qualification and must be qualified as a consultant in cardiac surgery. Additionally, the applicant must have substantial skills in both clinical aspects and research within the field of cardiac surgery. The preferred candidate has demonstrated skills and scientific achievements within this area, can motivate, supervise and has proven research management skills and good collaboration abilities and has visions of how to further strengthen the Research Unit of Cardiac, Lung and Vascular Surgery, OUH.

Danish is not required initially but must be mastered at 
proficiency level C1, at the Common European Framework of References for Languages within the first 2 years of employment.


OUH is one of Denmarks largest hospitals and the only one having all medical specialties collected under one roof. The hospital comprises units in Odense, Svendborg and Nyborg that shares the same board of directors. In total, the staff comprises about 11,000 people. (See 
Key Figures.)

A new university hospital is currently in the planning stage to be finished in 2024. The new hospital will be located adjacent to the current main campus of the University of Southern Denmark. This co-location of the two institutions is unique in Europe and will facilitate the cooperation between the clinical departments and faculties of the University of Southern Denmark.

Further information:

The Department of Clinical Research comprises >45 research units based on departments at Odense University Hospital and Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark. (For more information about the departments research, please see SDUs Research Portal.)

However, the departments staff teach in all the programmes offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, primarily in medicine. (Read more about the department and its key figures here.)

Professor Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, MD, PhD, MPM, heads the department.


The clinical professor will refer to chief consultant Erik Jakobsen in matters concerning the clinical part of the job and to the Head of the Department of Clinical Research Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, in matters regarding the professorship.

Contact information

Further information concerning the professorship can be obtained by e-mail to the Head of Research at the Research Unit of Cardiac, Lung and Vascular Surgery, OUH, Professor Jes S. Lindholt,, +45 24641214, or to the Head of the Department of Clinical Research, SDU, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik ( +45 6011 3046).

Further information concerning the consultant position is available from the Head of the department of Cardiac, Lung and Vascular Surgery, OUH, Erik Jakobsen,, +4521491139.

Interviews are expected to be held on June 9. 2023

Salary and terms of employment

The successful applicant for the clinical professor position will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Applications including the required attachments must be sent via the below-mentioned link Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. The attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 MB.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must contain (as pdf- or Word/Docx- files):

  • a motivation letter

  • a detailed CV

  • degree certificates (inclusive of PhD diploma)

  • a complete and numbered list of publications

  • 10 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the candidate as most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf- or docx- file must be attached for each publication

  • teaching portfolio detailing the candidates prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy

  • a track record of obtained research funding

  • national and international research collaboration and collaborations with researchers in other disciplines and sectors

  • as to the post of consultant: information on the applicants skills as concerns "The Seven Roles of Physicians" inclusive of supporting evidence

  • a research plan detailing the candidates ideas and plans for her/his future research work

  • Incomplete applications with regard to the requirements mentioned above will not be assessed.

Applications may be shortlisted.

References will be obtained for the applicant who is the first choice for the position from the applicants most recent employer and previous employers as required.

The applicants selected for an interview must expect to undergo a personality test specifically targeted at work-related matters.

For further particulars concerning the application please see the link below.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Living and Working in Denmark

Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of their employment. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who are considering applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salarytaxationhousing and accompanying family

Further details

Read the Guideline for applicants.


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