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Assistant Professor in Ingredients and Food Material Science

The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a 3 year  position as Assistant Professor in the area of “Food Ingredients and  Food Material Science” from 1st April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The Department's research areas share the mission to contribute with new solutions for society and industry to support sustainable food production, food security and safety as well as production of high quality food promoting human health and wellbeing. The Department of Food Science is recognized for excellence in food research, education, and industrial collaboration. The Department is an international workplace with English as primary working language. The Assistant Professor will be a part of the Section for Ingredients and Dairy Technology, which conducts basic and applied inter-disciplinary research in close collaboration with industry and actively contributes to teaching at the BSc in Food Science and the MSc in Food Science and Technology. The section currently consist of three full professors, 10 associate professors, 13 assistant professors and post docs and more than 15 PhD candidates as well as highly skilled laboratory technicians. The section has at its disposal various pilot plant facilities and advanced analytical infrastructure. 
The assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within ingredients and food material science. To a limited extent this may also include performance of other duties.  
We seek a candidate within the area of Ingredients and Food Material Science to perform excellent research within this area and engage in synergies between researchers within FOOD as well as between other departments. The successful candidate has an innovative mindset and an international research record with a relevant background for food research within e.g. dairy, plant science, chemistry or physics and is an inspiring teacher with visions for teaching development.  The candidate is expected to develop a strong collaboration with the food industry, and be able to demonstrate ability to attract funding.
The candidate must be able to carry out research and teaching embracing the molecular level of individual food components and ingredients to the level of complete food products. The research should cover several of the following sub areas:  

  • Functionality of dairy or plant derived food ingredients 
  • Molecular interactions and behavior of food components including rheology as analytical method 
  • Food colloids, food polymers and interfaces 
  • Food structure methods, e.g. novel light, neutron or x-ray based methods  
  • The molecular and structural consequences of food processing and enzymatic modification 
Qualifications are expected within the following areas: 
  • Good managerial skills and ability to build relationship with industry 
  • Experience with international collaboration 
  • Ability to develop collaborative research project ideas and attract the required funding 
  • A collaborative and innovative mindset 
Further information on the Department is found at
Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Anna Haldrup (+45 9356 5698, )
The position is open from 1 July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
  • Curriculum vita 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans 
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document: 
  • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students 
  • Teaching experience 
  • Formal pedagogical training 
  • Complete publication list 
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers 
The dealine for applications is 14th February 2018, 23:59 GMT 
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

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