New position in Sensory and Consumer Science



Deadline for applications: 1 June 2014

University of Copenhagen, Department of Food Science invites applications for a position as associate professor in Sensory and Consumer Science.

The Associate Professor´s duties will primarily include education within sensory evaluation and research in food choice and acceptance. The Associate Professor should provide new knowledge about sensory barriers and drivers for food choice and acceptance, especially in cultures of emerging markets and elderly. The position should support the long-term development of healthy, palatable and acceptable foods for these market segments. The knowledge and mechanisms of food acceptance learning in these consumer groups should be utilised in collaborations with national and international partners.

The duties include obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching. The research is expected to be conducted in collaboration with other research groups, municipalities, retail organisations as well as with food industry. The duties will also include research management, educational guidance and supervision of PhD students and Post Docs professional assessment work.

The appointee should have qualifications within several of the following areas:

  • Sensory science
  • Consumer science
  • Food science and nutrition
  • Behavioural psychology

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required in order to obtain a permanent position.

Duties include the applicant´s own 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 fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their 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 ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

We offer

  • A position in an international research environment
  • A dynamic research and education infrastructure at one of Europe´s leading
  • food departments and largest universities aiming for being a preferred partner in collaboration with the industry
  • An attractive campus in the vicinity of Copenhagen

Further information about the Department is linked at:
Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Bjarke Bak Christensen phone +45 3533 3212 or e-mail

The position should be filled by 1 September 2014 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.

Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 444,165 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 75,952).

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “apply online” below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas
  • 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 1 June 2014.

Interviews/trial lectures will be held on 15 August 2014.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0267.

Apply online
The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark´s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and theology.
Deadline: 02-06-2014
Publisher: Faculty of Science


Posted 8.5.14


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