Professor in Physical Therapy with focus on Spinal, Neck and Musculoskeletal Pain (60239)
Department of Health Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University
April 26, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Technology a position as Professor in Spinal pain is open for appointment from October 2018 or soon thereafter.
Department description The Department of Health Science and Technology carries out multidisciplinary research, teaching and dissemination within medicine, sport science, pain science, and biomedical engineering. The department has more than 200 employees and is responsible for more than 1200 students. More than 160 PhD students are enrolled in the doctoral school at the Faculty of Medicine. Facilities include a high number of specialized labs allowing for the assessment of sensory and motor system function (e.g. electrophysiological methodologies), motion capture analysis, cardiorespiratory function as well as sites that allow for large-scale clinical trials. The successful candidate will work in a cross-disciplinary environment together with internationally recognized researchers within a broad spectrum of disciplines doing basic, translational, applied and clinical research. This will allow the candidate to develop a unique field of research within spinal pain. All teaching programmes at Aalborg University use problem-based learning, which is organized around cases and projects. For further information see: www.hst.aau.dk.
Job description The successful candidate is expected to do research within neck and spinal pain, clinical assessment and management of spinal pain as well as clinical trials on the treatment and management of people suffering from spine-related disorders. Specifically, a novel thematic approach is desirable to direct the planned research activities; e.g. pain mechanisms (broadly defined) involved in spinal pain may be identified and targeted. Many years of accumulated knowledge within the musculoskeletal pain system and a centre-of-excellence working specifically on pain and neuroplasticity within the Department of Health Science and Technology, may contribute to the backbone of the future research programme within spinal pain.
The candidate should pursue collaborative research initiatives with clinical environments including local hospitals, the regional municipalities, Research Unit for General Practice in Aalborg, as well as the Department of Physiotherapy at University College of Northern Denmark. Partnerships in these collaborative networks are already in place for studies on neck and spinal pain. As part of the overall strategy, the department has multiple international collaborations across several disciplines. This spectrum of collaboration includes possibilities for conduction of clinical trials together with the surrounding clinical environment. The department offers programs for co-financing Phd’s and equipment.
The position includes teaching predominately in the Master degree programme in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy but also other disciplines within healthcare (e.g. medicine, advanced pain medicine, clinical science and health technology). The Master degree programme in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a novel initiative in Denmark and the candidate will be involved in its implementation based on prior experience.
The position is affiliated with SMI at the Department of Health Science and Technology. SMI hosts research groups with world leading expertise in basic and clinical pain science with a particular interest in translational research. SMI includes four research interest groups (RIGs): 1) Integrative Neuroscience, 2) Neural Engineering and Neurophysiology, 3) Pain and Motor Systems Plasticity, and 4) Translational Pain Biomarkers. Besides, the Sport Science group at HST is highly relevant within e.g. biomechanics, ergonomics, physiology, and physical education. Primary affiliation will initially be the Pain and Motor System Plasticity RIG although collaborative initiatives are feasible across all research groups.
Qualification requirements The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at international level, including a proven contribution to the development of research knowledge within spinal pain-related disorders. Qualifications in relation to research management and/or other possible management functions will also be considered. Clinical experience within the spinal pain field is desirable. Additionally, the applicant is expected to have the necessary qualifications required for taking on teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to, and development of, educational material and teaching-related activities will be included in the overall assessment.
The application must contain the following
It should include a detailed motivation for the application, qualifications in relation to the application and the intentions and visions in relation to the position (maximum 10 pages).
A Curriculum Vitae.
Copies of documents confirming the academic record (Master of Science and PhD).
A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the scientific works the applicant wishes to be considered as the most relevant for the position (up to 10 publications is allowed).
Teaching qualifications described in a teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed, the applicant must explain why this is not included. Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.Additional qualifications in relation to the position.References/recommendations.
Further professional information may be obtained from the Head of Department, Kim Dremstrup, email: email@example.com.
Qualification requirements The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate’s undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered in the overall assessment.
The application must contain the following
A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
A current curriculum vitae.
Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.
Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
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We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
An assessment committee will assess all candidates.
For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Dini Boer by mail EST-ST-HR@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7307.
Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here.
Agreement Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given.