Professor in Technical Audiology

University of Southern Denmark


February 13, 2022


Professor in Technical Audiology

A full-time position as a professor in Technical Audiology is vacant at the Research Unit of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

The position is a permanent position.

The academic position

The professor will be appointed at the Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU. The position will be within Technical Audiology, and focus areas could include but are not limited to hearing-aid processing and fitting, psychoacoustics, speech perception, electroencephalography, and real-world listening outcome. Trans-sectional research and collaboration will be expected.

Areas of responsibility The professor will be responsible for initiating, supervising, and publishing research in the field of Technical Audiology. The professor will also be responsible for developing new strategies for collaboration with other key stakeholders in the areas of Technical Audiology. Furthermore, the professor will be expected to be the daily leader of the research staff in the Technical Audiology Section and will also be expected to support the head of the Audiology Education in creating an inspiring education at the highest international level.

Additionally, the professor must teach and mentor postdocs, PhD students, and undergraduate students at the Faculty of Health Science, 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 professor will be expected to contribute to further developing the research strategy and profile of the department with special emphasis on Technical Audiology. The professor will also be expected to increase the research activity and to establish collaboration with other researchers at SDU and OUH. Specifically, a close collaboration with the Medical Audiology Section at Odense University Hospital (OUH) will be expected. The professor will also be expected to participate in furthering scientific development of the fields both nationally and internationally.


The Research Unit of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology at the Department of Clinical Research is divided into three main sections dealing with research concerning Surgically Related ENT, Medical Audiology, and Technical Audiology. It has today 49 employees: 2 clinical professors, a research coordinator, 11 associate professors, 8 postdocs, 10 PhD-students, five research nurses and 2 research secretaries. Most of the positions are combinations of clinical functions (major part), teaching and research.

The research unit teaches in three educations: Medicine, Audiology and Audiologopedics. Around 1,000 lessons and 200 hours of supervision are delivered per year. It produces approximately 40 international peer-reviewed publications per year. The funding for 2020 was 14 million Danish Kroner, of which more than 90% were external contributions, primarily established by the audiological sections.

Professor Christian Godballe, MD, PhD, heads the unit.

The Technical Audiology Section conducts basic and applied research aimed at understanding hearing-related problems and developing solutions for their rehabilitation. It currently consists of two associate professors, one assistant professor, one teaching assistant professor, five PhD students, a research master student, and a research assistant. The group works on topics related to hearing-aid processing and fitting, psychoacoustics, speech perception, electroencephalography, and real-world listening outcome. Using state-of-the-art equipment for diagnostic and hearing-aid research, it performs studies in and outside of the lab to explore new ideas and to translate them into audiological practice.

Actual research areas are:

  • Individualised hearing-aid processing
  • New methods for hearing-aid fitting
  • EEG-based measures of speech perception
  • Hearing deficits in school-age children
  • Real-world listening outcome with hearing loss
  • 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 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.

    Reference The professor refers to departmental management. Regarding research and teaching, and other university aspects, the professor refers to the Head of Department at the department of Clinical Research through the Head of Research of the Research Unit of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology.

    Contact information Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Research Unit, Professor Christian Godballe, e-mail or from the Head of the Department of Clinical Research, Professor Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, email

    Salary and terms of employment

    The successful applicant for the 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. 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.

    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
  • a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate's prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
  • a track record of obtained research funding
  • a track record of national and international research collaboration and collaborations with researchers in other disciplines and sectors
  • a research plan detailing the candidate's ideas and plans for her/his future research work
  • Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements 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 applicant's most recent employer and previous employers as required.

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

    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 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 Denmark.

    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.

    Further details

    Read the Guideline for applicants

    Campus: Odense

    Application deadline: 13/02/2022

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