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9. June 2021
29. June 2021


The Centre of Maritime Health and Society invites applications for a position as Researcher or Senior researcher in the area of Safety, Work environment and/or Risk. The position is full-time and for two years. The expected starting date is October 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Research environment

The Centre of Maritime Health and Society (CMSS) was established in 1992 and offers a broad cross-disciplinary research environment. The aim of the centre is to create research of a high quality that has relevance for the maritime industry and contributes to and competes with international maritime research. There are currently 9 employees who all work within research disciplines relating to health and safety in the maritime domain.

CMSS has recently embarked on a newly revised Strategy Plan 2020-2024 that includes efforts to maintain the Centre’s position of publications that have a strong impact on maritime research.

CMSS has good relations with the Centre of Health Promotion and the Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economy, all of which can be found on the university’s Esbjerg campus.

Responsibilities and tasks

The candidate will be expected to perform research, to apply for research funding and to share other responsibilities in the Centre. The candidate will also be expected to engage in teaching activities and training of the next generation of researchers.

It is the intention that the candidate will be able to contribute with design, implementation, evaluation and analysis of safety prevention or intervention, work environments and their improvements in collaboration with organisations and companies, and other relevant stakeholders. Contribution to developing policy instruments will be seen as an asset.

It will be expected that the candidate collaborates with researchers within and outside the Centre, and especially with stakeholders across the Danish maritime sector, including policy makers, non-governmental organisations and industry professionals.

The main activities will include:

  • Research within the Strategy plan of the Research Unit.
  • Teaching (for example, MSc. courses in Health and Safety, Risk management, Work environment), including Bachelor students at Maritime Academies, supervision of bachelor, master and doctoral students
  • Writing national and international grant proposals
  • Disseminating research at international and national conferences, including dissemination to the maritime industry, assisting to contribute to the visibility of the CMSS
  • Contributing to activities within The Blue Denmark, including the Danish Maritime Alliance (MRA)
  • Building collaborations with researchers from other SDU departments covering a wide range of health domains
  • Contributing to a positive research environment at the Centre.

The position requires the following qualifications

  • Research in the fields of safety, work environment and or risk management, preferably within the maritime domain,
  • Experience in and documentation for attracting funds and project management
  • Experience in teaching, supervision and examination
  • Experience in dissemination of research, nationally and internationally, including within the maritime domain
  • Expertise and an adequate track record in publications and research or related research topics listed above
  • Mastering Danish or a Scandinavian language will be seen as an asset
  • A relevant PhD degree
  • A network of relevant international collaborators, including maritime collaborations.

Applicants with a background in anthropology, ethnology, sociology, occupational safety and health or other relevant disciplines will be preferred.

Further information

The Head of the Department, professor Jesper Bo Nielsen jbnielsen@health.sdu.dk , +45 6550 4034) or the Head of the Research Unit, Senior Researcher Lisa L. Froholdt lfroholdt@health.sdu.dk, +45 6550 7245) may be contacted.

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 – 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 docx.-files):

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

Applications may be shortlisted.

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

Tjenestested: Esbjerg
Ansøgningsfrist: 30/06/2021
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