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Head of Research (f/m) at Steno Diabetes Centre

Aarhus University. Aarhus (Dänemark), 04.01.2018

Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 42,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at

Head of Research at Steno Diabetes Centre Aarhus 954543

Do you have the urge and ambition to be in charge of management and development of diabetes research at the newly established Steno Diabetes Centre Aarhus?
This can now become a reality when Central Denmark Region establishes the Steno Diabetes Centre Aarhus (SDCA) with a donation from the Novo Nordisk Foundation of 1.4 billion DKK. SDCA will play a central role in increasing efforts in diabetes in both Central Denmark Region, nationally and internationally.
SDCA will develop to be one of the world’s leading research environments in clinical diabetes research in collaboration with Aarhus University (AU), the other Steno Diabetes Centres and other Danish and International research environments; in this way SDCA will play a pivotal role in diabetes research focused on new efforts in treatment and prevention.
SDCA will be an integrated part of the health effort in Central Denmark Region and initiate a strengthened collaboration between relevant parties in the field of diabetes, in particular regional hospitals, municipalities and general practice.
The centre will be located at and organisationally be a part of Aarhus University Hospital (AUH).
We offer an exciting job with major responsibilities
The Head of Research at SDCA will have the main responsibility for:
  • Developing and implementing the research strategy for SDCA and ensuring that the strategy has an international perspective and stimulates new breakthroughs and world-class diabetes research
  • Being in charge of the SDCA research funding of 20 million DKK annually to realise the research strategy and inspire to obtain further external funding of research activities
  • Ensuring expansion of the regional, national and international research effort in diabetes preferably in collaboration with AU
  • Creating an environment ensuring close collaboration and interaction internally in SDCA as well as a connection to research activities at AUH and the regional hospitals in Central Denmark Region
  • Ensuring a high activity level across the research groups in which there are ongoing initiatives to new launch projects and apply for external funds
  • Ensuring clear career pathways in research and recruiting of highly qualified researchers. It is expected that SDCA will recruit 3-5 principal investigators and their research groups in the coming 1-2 years
  • Ensuring a visible communication strategy for clinical research at SDCA.
As Head of Research you must be ready to assume the overall responsibility for research at SDCA, including research at SDCA’s Knowledge and Development Unit for Coherent Patient Pathways. The final distribution of the responsibility for research and interaction between SDCA’s patient organisations and the Knowledge and Development Unit for Coherent Patient Pathways will be decided when the candidate for the position as Head of Research is filled.
It is decisive for the visions of SDCA that the Head of Research contributes to a valuable interaction and collaboration with both external research environments at AU, at AUH and the regional hospitals.
As Head of Research you can expect to receive a basic grant for own research; the extent of the grant will be decided together with the Centre Director.
We are applying for a Head of Research with a strong ambition to build, develop and run research efforts at SDCA.
The position requires:
  • A person with a health professional background at high academic level
  • Employment as a consultant is possible if the candidate masters oral and written Danish at a satisfactory level. Moreover, the position requires documented competencies in accordance with the seven roles of physicians within the roles of: manager, medical expert, communicator, collaborator, scholar and professional. Table to be filled in can be downloaded at:ægning/­lægelig+uddannelse/­ansættelse+af+speciallæger
  • A person who is professionally respected and an acknowledged researcher internationally
  • A person who has considerable insight in and experience with research
  • A research background at documented high academic level equivalent to professor level.
  • Documented experience with research management - including e.g. running and developing a clinical reserch department in a similar organisation
  • A solid international network facilitating establishment of an internationally leading research environment within the field of diabetes, including the ability to attract the best clinicians and researchers
  • A person who is fluent in oral and written Danish or one or the other Nordic language as well as fluent in English. Non-Danish speaking applicants must be willing to learn both oral and written Danish.
Terms of employment
Job start 1 April 2018, preferably sooner.
The Head of Research is employed in Central Denmark Region and place of employment will for the present be at AUH. The employment is a shared position between AUH and Aarhus University. The employment at Aarhus University will be as a professor.
Salary is in accordance with current agreement. For medical doctors, employment follows agreement for medical executives.
Further information
For further information, please contact the Centre Director Troels Krarup Hansen, phone +45 6167 9616.
Applications are directed to the Centre Director of SDCA.
Interviews are expected to be scheduled in mid March 2018.
Personal profile test will take place between first and second interview.
As the position is shared between Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University, applicants must apply at both institutions.
Application must be forwarded to Aarhus University Hospital using this link
Please, enclose CV and other relevant material.
The same application including relevant material and CV regarding the professorship must also be forwarded to Aarhus University using the link below.
Required qualifications
In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on the extent, quality and originality of the applicant’s body of international scientific publications, including contributions to further developing the subject area in question. Moreover, an assessment will be made of the applicant’s research management abilities.
Formalities and references
Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, a list of publications, a research plan as well as a teaching portfolio. A maximum of ten of the publications of greatest relevance to the job must be submitted. If you have an assessment within the same job title (completed after March 1, 2016 at AU, Health), then this can be attached to the application.
Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants and Aarhus University’s Guidelines on the use of teaching portfolios.
The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its assessment. In such cases, the applicant will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless the application is withdrawn.
Applications submitted through channels other than the online application form below or applications which are not received by the application deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
All applications must be made online and received by:
Please apply online here

Bewerbungsschluss: 01.02.2018