Professor in Mental Health and Digital Interventions and Head of Research
A new position as Professor and Head of Research (50 %) is vacant at the
Research Unit for Telepsychiatry and E-mental Health, Department of Clinical
Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (SDU and
at the Centre for Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Services, Region of
Southern Denmark respectively.
The position is a permanent position and is expected to start January 1, 2022
or soon thereafter.
The professorship is part of a combined position. The other half encompasses
the role of psychologist, including related management tasks at the Centre for
Telepsychiatry and Mental Health services.
The academic position
The successful candidate will be appointed at the Department of Clinical
Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU. The professor will be Head of
Research of the Research Unit for Telepsychiatry and E-mental Health.
The main aim of this position is to develop, evaluate and implement
technology-based psychological treatment for mental disorders, such as
anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addiction disorders.
The role of the professor will be to build a research environment specialized
in digital mental health and to improve the empirical evidence for digital
solutions in psychiatry.
Hence, the candidate's research will be expected to bridge mental health
research with psychiatry and digital technology such as internet programs,
mobile apps, virtual reality, and other digital mental health applications.
Furthermore, the professorship is expected to help strengthen the
collaboration between the Department of Clinical Research, Centre for
Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark,
and the international collaboration in the field of mental health and/or
The professor's responsibilities will primarily consist of:
Research in the field of mental health and the use of digital
interventions improving mental health
Research development, including research funding and supervision of PhD
Research management at a strategic level
Clinical psychological tasks (treatment courses with psychiatric patients
and supervision of psychologists undergoing authorization or education)
An obligation to impact society through scientific publications, teaching,
partnerships, public seminars and research-based advice-giving.
The successful applicant must have psychology background and have:
A relevant PhD degree or equivalent post-graduate research qualifications.
International publications that address clinical psychological research
and/or research in e-mental health.
Experience with clinical psychological assessment and treatment of mental
Experience with developing and evaluating digital interventions for
Clinical experience with the use of digital interventions (e.g., video,
online programs, apps, VR).
Experience with research management at a strategic and administrative
Experience in teaching at university level and supervision at university
and PhD level.
Experience with funding and the executing of different types of research
Experience in cooperating with external partners on funding, execution,
and implementation of studies.
It is preferred that the applicant can speak and write Danish, because
patients and treatment programs will be developed and implemented in Danish.
As concerns the assessment of candidates for this position, attention will be
paid to the applicants' ability to document research publications of high
international quality within the area of forensic mental health and the
reduction of restrictive practices. Relevant international network, experience
in research management, conference, and seminar management along with
education and primary supervision of PhD students will be preferred.
Visionary, strategic and practical applied leadership skills in building up a
clinical research unit will be required.
The Mental Health Services has received acknowledgement of high-quality
research and education and is part of the University Hospital of Southern
Denmark. The Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark offers
assessment, diagnosis and treatment of citizens with serious mental disorders.
In close and binding collaboration with the practice sector, the
municipalities and the other healthcare services in the Region of Southern
Denmark, the care pathway is planned and carried out as expediently as
Department of Clinical Research comprises >45 research units based on
departments at Odense University Hospital and Mental Health Services in Region
of Southern Denmark. (For more information about the department's research,
please see SDU's Research Portal.)
The department staffs teach at all the programmes offered by the Faculty of
Health Sciences, however, primarily in medicine. (Read more about the
department and its key figures here.)
Professor Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, MD, PhD, MPM, heads the department.
The professor will refer to the Centre Director at the Centre for
Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Services, Marie Paldam Folker 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.
Further information concerning the professorship can be obtained from the
Head of the Department of Clinical Research, SDU, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik
(KKyvik@health.sdu.dk/ +45 6011 3046).
Further information concerning the clinical part of the position can be
obtained from the Centre Director at the Centre for Telepsychiatry and Mental
Health Services, Marie Paldam Folker (firstname.lastname@example.org /+45 2360 6589).
Salary and terms of employment
The successful applicant for the professorship 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 link
“Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must
be 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.
Applications may be shortlisted.
The applicant must submit the following documents in order to be considered
for the position:
A motivation letter
A detailed CV
Degree certificates (including PhD diploma) (combined as one single
Documented research management experience
A teaching portfolio detailing the candidate's prior teaching experience,
teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
A track record in obtaining research funding
A record of national and international research collaboration and
collaborations with researchers in other disciplines and sectors
A research plan detailing the candidate's ideas, past, present and future
plans for her/his future research work.
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.
Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will
not be assessed.
References will be obtained for the applicant who is the first choice for the
position - from the applicant's most recent employer, and from previous
employers as required.
Further particulars concerning the application - please see the link below.
Living and Working in Denmark
Foreign applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the
employment. The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety
of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a
job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff
answers questions concerning salary, taxation, housing and accompanying
family. For further information on what it is like working at SDU, please read
“10 good reasons why you should choose SDU”.
Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus
welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal
Read the Guideline for applicants.