211-0069/20-2K Professor in Dairy Microbiology

Professor in Dairy Microbiology
Department of FOOD Science (UCPH FOOD)

Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD) invites applications for a permanent position as Professor in Dairy Microbiology from 1 April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be advertised in parallel as Associate Professor in Dairy Microbiology, with only one of the two positions to be filled.

At UCPH FOOD, we carry out research and education within food science and technology to help industry and society at large to produce sustainable, palatable, safe and healthy food, and we combine the latest research and practice in the training of our students. Food is an interdisciplinary area of strength at the University of Copenhagen, and the Department is internationally recognized for excellence in food science research and education, and strong industrial collaboration. We are an international workplace with English as the primary working language.

The successful candidate will be the primary responsible for the teaching in dairy microbiology and profound knowledge of dairy microbiology - with emphasis on starter cultures and their use - is expected. It is crucial that the candidate is interested in and capable of fostering strong collaboration with industry. Important areas of research and teaching include:

  • Dairy fermentations and fermented dairy products
  • Physiology and genomics of lactic acid bacteria and other relevant dairy bacteria
  • Development, design and application of starter cultures
  • Bacteriophages
Further documented qualifications are expected within the following areas:

  • Ability to develop research project ideas and a track record for attracting funding
  • Management of research projects involving different partners
  • Experience with international as well as industrial collaboration
  • Documented scientific impact in core areas
  • Ability to communicate research
  • A collaborative and innovative mindset, hereunder to think interdisciplinary research and innovation
  • University-level teaching competence
  • Practical experience in teaching incl. reflection on and development of teaching practices and materials
In addition to the above-mentioned research qualifications, applicants are required to have a relevant PhD degree within microbiology, dairy biotechnology or similar areas.

Applicants are required to have university-level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon their teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors is required.
Duties include the applicant’s research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfil other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider the level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

The Professor will be a part of the Food Microbiology and Fermentation section, which offers a well-established platform in dairy and food microbiology with a focus on dairy, plant, and other food fermentations, food quality, safety and hygiene, phage ecology, as well as gut microbiota interaction with human or animal health. The section conducts both basic and applied research from the molecular to the production level, and collaborates extensively with the dairy, food and ingredient industries. The section teaches a range of food microbiological topics at the BSc, MSc and PhD level and also offers specialized courses for students in the Dairy Science master program. The section currently consists of 4 full professors, four associate professors and 30+ researchers and technicians.

We offer an inspiring and friendly work environment with good colleagues, well functioning up-to-date labs with advanced analytical infrastructure and access to various pilot plant facilities. There is a high degree of freedom and ample opportunity to work interdisciplinary, both internally and externally. Copenhagen is a modern and international city with a high living standard. Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (www.ism.ku.dk - International Staff Mobility). Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.food.ku.dk/english. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Anna Haldrup (+45 9356 5698, anna.haldrup@food.ku.dk) or head of section, Susanne Knøchel (+45 35333258, skn@food.ku.dk).

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

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Commencing salary is currently DKK 631.596 including annual supplement (+ pension DKK 108.003)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 18 October 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 5 February 2021.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0069/20-2K.






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