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Department of Clinical Medicine - Præhospitalet - Faculty: Health

Clinical Professor of pre-hospital emergency medicine in relation to the Danish Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)

Deadline 17 Dec

Expected start 1 Mar

  • Department of Clinical Medicine - Præhospitalet Olof Palmes Allé 34 8200 Aarhus N

  • Fixed term part-time position 1 Mar 2021 - 28 Feb 2026 1 hours per week ID: 4771

The Department of Clinical Medicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Clinical Professor in the field of advanced pre-hospital emergency medicine in relation to the Danish HEMS as per 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a combined position at Aarhus University and Danish Air Ambulance and is a 5-year part-time position (50 %). The professorship is funded by The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. As a clinical professor, you are required to work as Consultant Anaesthesiologist at a Danish hospital with an Emergency Department and as a Consultant at Danish Air Ambulance or at a similar air ambulance service.

Danish Air Ambulance is operated jointly by the five regions and is a cross-regional emergency response service that was established in 2014 as a supplement to the regions’ existing prehospital emergency response services. The emergency medical helicopters are to contribute to ensuring that acutely ill citizens with life-threatening symptoms who reside or are staying far from specialized hospitals are provided with fast access to prehospital specialist treatment. Denmark has a total of four emergency medical helicopters, which are located at the bases in Skive, Billund, Ringsted and Aalborg. The emergency medical helicopters are manned 24 hours a day and can fly to all parts of Denmark. The service is structured identically across all aspect of the organization, for example in terms of the dispatch of the helicopters, the medical organization and the design of the four helicopter bases. The uniform and cross-regional organization of the helicopter service and the high professional level provide good opportunities for research into advanced pre-hospital treatment with the necessary volume. You can read more about Danish Air Ambulance here

As a clinical professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science research department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialties and takes place in close collaboration with the Aarhus University Hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. We have approx. 30,000 square meters of modern research facilities for experimental surgery and medicine, animal facilities and also advanced scanners at our disposal. The department has overall responsibility for the Master's degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department we are approx. 425 academic employees and the same number of PhD students cooperating across disciplines. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

Your job responsibilities

As Clinical Professor of pre-hospital emergency medicine in relation to the Danish HEMS, you will have responsibility for the development of the research and the implementation of the research strategy of Danish Air Ambulance. The focus of the research comprises the timeline from when an emergency alarm call (1-1-2) is received until the patient is handed over to the emergency department or a specialised department. The research should be within the area of pre-hospital emergency medicine aiming to improve quality of medical care of acutely ill or severely injured patients. Specifically, emphasis will be placed on development of areas in relation to the helicopter service, where there is a special need for knowledge, such as triage, critical decision making, diagnostics and the development of advanced interventions.

You are expected to contribute – both independently and in collaboration with others – to the development of the research area by leading research of high international quality and contributing to ensuring a high academic standard in the research. An important task will be to contribute to a national perspective within the research area across the pre-hospital research departments of the five Danish Regions.

Qua your excellent collaborative skills and a broad academic network, you will also contribute to the academic development at Aarhus University and to the university’s profile both nationally and internationally.

Your main tasks will consist of:
  • Development of the research of Danish Air Ambulance in regard to the overall research strategy
  • Research of high international quality, including publication in top international journals and the communicating of your research in national and international academic networks.
  • Research-based collaboration among the pre-hospital research departments of the five Danish regions in order to contribute to a national perspective within the professional area of the Danish Air Ambulance.
  • Establishment of a solid collaboration on a Scandinavian basis, specifically in regard to The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation (www.norskluftambulanse.no) as well as a close collaboration with other European emergency medical helicopter services.
  • To participate in the research committee of Danish Air Ambulance
  • To contribute to the funding of the research with the help of external research funding.
  • Research-based collaboration with private and public-sector stakeholders
  • Supervision of PhD students
  • Assessment and committee work at Aarhus University.
  • Dissemination of your research to the outside world.

During your employment at Danish Air Ambulance and Aarhus University, you will report to:
  • Troels Martin Hansen, Medical Director, Danish Air Ambulance
  • Anne-Mette Hvas, Deputy head of department for Research and Talent

Appointment as Clinical Professor requires simultaneous employment as consultant at a Danish hospital with an Emergency Department and employment as a consultant at Danish Air Ambulance or at a similar air ambulance service.

Your competences

You have established yourself as a prominent clinical researcher within anaesthesiology and/or intensive care and/or prehospital emergency care. You possess solid research and teaching qualifications at a high international level. You have broad regional, national and international cooperative partnerships and great experience of research partnerships with private and public-sector stakeholders. You have also documented ability to attract external funding.

For the present position it is essential that you possess strong collaboration skills being able to facilitate collaboration across different groups of professionals and between the five Danish regions within the professional responsibility of the Danish Air Ambulance. In addition, you should be highly interested in establishment of a solid collaboration on a Scandinavian basis as well as a close collaboration with other European emergency medical helicopter services.

As a person, you are a helpful and motivational leader who inspires other researchers and builds trusting relationships with students, colleagues and partners. As a lecturer you communicate the newest and relevant knowledge in a committed, clear and comprehensible manner. As a supervisor you are competent, inspiring, supportive and responsible.

You are ready to take responsibility for the development of the research and education at the highest international level and for ensuring that we maintain a good work environment. You naturally involve yourself in interdisciplinary collaboration at departmental, faculty and university level as well as nationally and internationally.

We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English. International applicants are expected to learn Danish, and Aarhus University arranges Danish teaching.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Clinical Professor position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Vice head of Department Anne-Mette Hvas or Medical Director at Danish Air Ambulance Troels Martin Hansen tel.: (+45) 4019 3203.

Your place of work will be at the administration of Danish Air Ambulance, Olof Palmes Allé 34, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • The ten publications stated as the most important in the template for applicant must be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - professor must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.


Questions about the position?

Anne-Mette Hvas

Anne-Mette Hvas Professor, Deputy head of department for Research and Talent, Department of Clinical Medicine - Department of clinical biochemistry +4523348252 anne-mette.hvas@clin.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

HE Administrative Centre - Health HR +4593508378 emply.he.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Thursday 17 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET