The Nordic Society for Veterinary Epidemiology (NOSOVE) is an informal organization with the vision of advancing veterinary epidemiology. The volunteering board aim to fulfill the vision by providing courses and opportunities to socialise and strengthen the network among post graduate students, researchers and others with an interest in epidemiology. Events are presented through the society network (blogspot).
NOSOVE started in 1988 as a collaboration between the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and has expanded to include the Baltic countries, but welcome members and participants from all countries.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Associate Professorship / Assistant Professorship in Animal Welfare

Dear Colleagues

Please see below announcement for a position in the field of Animal Welfare in the Population Biology Group at the Department of Large Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Closing date is September 8, 2013

Kind regards
Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen

Associate Professorship, alternatively Assistant Professorship in Animal Welfare.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Department of Large Animal Sciences.

The University seeks to appoint an associate professor, alternatively assistant professor in Animal Welfare at the Department of Large Animal Sciences to commence as soon as possible.

Information about the Department is linked on

Job description
In considering applications for the associate or assistant professorship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant´s ability to document a high level of original scientific work on an international level within the area of animal welfare.

The applicant is expected in collaboration with the existing staff to work in particular on two specific projects, the development of a Danish animal welfare index and animal welfare during transportation. In addition, they will also be involved in the other activities in Population Biology including applied ethology, animal welfare assessment, welfare epidemiology and veterinary jurisprudence.

The position will be based in the group of Population Biology, which contains three research areas: Ethology, Veterinary Epidemiology and Bioethics. Each research area undertakes particular teaching and research activities, along with collaborations both within the group of Population Biology and externally.

The group of Population Biology mainly employs methodological research approaches, which is relevant for all groups of animals, although the emphasis for research and teaching is production animals. The research in the Department of Large Animal Sciences is communicated to the industry,   authorities and the general public, and the leading researchers are involved in preparing legislation within animal welfare.

Qualifications and experience within the following areas are desired:
  • Knowledge of methods for evaluating animal welfare at herd or group level
  • Knowledge of animal welfare legislation in Denmark and the EU
  • Willingness /ability / experience in interdisciplinary collaboration

The associate professor´s duties will primarily consist of: 
  • research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication
  • research-based teaching with associated examination duties
  • research leadership as well as educational guidance and supervision of assistant professors and PhD-students
  • professional assessment work
Qualification requirements
The appointee should have qualifications within the following areas:
  • research qualifications such as an assistant professor or equivalent within the subject area(s)
  • teaching qualifications such as an assistant professor or equivalent within the subject area(s)* 
  • documented experience in animal welfare research, by means of ethological and/or epidemiological methods, preferably within several species of animals
*If the applicant has no previous teaching experience through employment as an assistant professor or has not achieved corresponding teaching experience, the appointment will be probationary for 1 ½ years.

The associate professor is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.

If qualifications for associate professor are not obtained the position can be filled as assistant professor:

The assistant professorship is a training post limited to 4 years.

The assistant professor´s duties will primarily consist of:
  • research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication
  • research-based teaching with associated examination duties 
  • communication of research results to the public
  • peer assessment
To a limited extent, the assistant professorship may also involve other duties. The distribution of work time between the different functions may vary periodically according to the department´s requirements, but the position will qualify the assistant professor in both research and teaching. During the term of the employment, supervision will be provided, as well as possibilities of educational upgrading with a view to a final written evaluation of the assistant professor´s teaching qualifications.

On appointment as assistant professor, merit is given for previous employment in a relevant area.

Required Qualifications
  • a PhD degree or similar qualifications in relation to the above subject area
  • research and teaching experience within the field of the position
  • established international scientific network
The assistant professor is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Terms of employment
The terms are set according to the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organization. The post is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2007).

For further information, please contact Head of Section for Population Biology Hans Houe, tel.: +45 353 33014, e-mail:
or Head of Department Hans Henrik Dietz, tel.: +45 35 33 35 89, e-mail:

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on "Apply online" below, and must include the following:
  • Application including reasons for applying for this post
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas - all relevant certificates
  • List of publications
  • Research plan
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Teaching plan
  • Publications you wish to be considered in the assessment (max. 10)
Applicants must state whether they wish to be assessed in relation to the associate professorship and/or the assistant professorship.

The application 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 in this post to apply.

Please submit the application with the required attachments by clicking on "apply online" below. Only online applications will be accepted.

The closing date for applications is 23.59pm, Sunday 8 September 2013.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students, app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions for the benefit of patients and the community.
The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark´s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology.
Frist: 08-09-2013
Arbejdsgiver: Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet

No comments:

Post a comment