Two 1-year postdoc positions in the MOBILIZE project

The Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, invites applications for two postdoc positions focusing on the treatment of patients with multimorbidity. The positions will run for a period of one year from 1 august 2019, with the possibility of extension for one to two years.

The positions are associated with the MOBILIZE project at Næstved-Slagelse-Ringsted Hospitals, and the successful applicant will work from both Odense and Slagelse, with Odense as the primary workplace the first year. The project aims at improving health in people with multimorbidity and investigates the effects of personalized exercise therapy and self-management in comparison with current best practice. The MOBILIZE project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 801790).

We are seeking highly motived applicants with good quantitative and/or qualitative research skills. The successful applicant will lead either a systematic review and meta-regression analysis (postdoc 1) or an analysis of an observational cohort study (postdoc 2) both aimed at identifying self-reported and objectively measured outcomes that predict better health outcome in people with different combinations of chronic conditions.  

If extended, the applicant will have the possibility of co-leading a mixed-methods study using a participatory approach to intervention development and to be part of an RCT investigating the clinical outcome of a personalized exercise therapy and education program. Finally, if extended, the applicant will be able to go on a secondment during the postdoc.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree with relevance for chronic conditions and multimorbidity and must have documented relevant academic experience within this area. We welcome applicants with diverse research backgrounds, including, but not limited to physiotherapy, psychology, anthropology or medicine.

Applicants with an interest in and documented experience from any or all of the following will be prioritized:

  • multimorbidity
  • systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • cohort studies or registry-based studies and regression analyses
  • exercise therapy to improve health in people with chronic conditions
  • intervention development and implementation
  • randomized clinical trials
  • mixed methods
  • patient and public involvement

The Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy was established in 2007 and consistently has 15-20 full and part-time staff and students. The research unit is part of the Center for Muscle and Joint Health consisting of about 50 researchers from different research units at the University of Southern Denmark.

Further information can be obtained from associate professor Søren Thorgaard Skou, tel. +45 23 70 86 40, e-mail: or from the head of the department Jørgen Povlsen, tel. +45 6550 3451, e-mail:

Interviews will be held in April 2019.  

Additional information is available at the links below.

The successful applicant 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.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

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.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

  • a motivation letter
  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
  • a complete and numbered list of publications
  • 3 scientific publications considered by the applicant to be the 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 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.

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

Deadline: 24 March 2019
Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus: Flere tjenestesteder
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 24th, 2019