Professor in Food Allergy - DTU Food

Updated: 5 months ago

Are you the talented and passionate candidate who can strengthen and consolidate our research in food allergy at DTU? We invite highly qualified applicants with extensive research experience in the areas of prevention and treatment of food allergies. 

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is recruiting a professor bringing expertise focused on food allergy, allergy prevention methods and risk of food allergy of novel foods involved in the green transition of the food systems. 

The Professor position will head the Research Group for Food Allergy at the DTU National Food Institute. The research group comprises app. 15 employees. The group tasks include the internationally leading research, teaching, collaboration with industry and advice giving to Danish and European authorities within preventing food allergy while at the same time supporting an innovative and sustainable food system including production of novel foods. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
The research group aims to contribute to the shift to healthier and more sustainable diet for everyone, by leading research and research collaborations and building greater knowledge of what works.

Your overall focus will be to advance the field of research and strengthen, complement, and develop the research groups competencies within:

  • Understanding the mechanisms for prevention and treatment of food allergies
  • Developing strategies for prevention, treatment and guidance for food allergy 
  • Developing test strategies using pre-clinical rodent models and cellular models in collaboration with human cases and in silico models for prevention of food allergies
  • Supporting the development of a sustainable transition of the food systems introducing more plant-based and innovative novel food products without posing a food allergy risk 
  • Support the development of new and more processed foods that should not pose an allergy risk

You will develop professional networks, build new interdisciplinary research collaborations, and have a track record in acquiring research funding. 

You will play a key role in collaborating with different research groups and contribute to the overall mission and strategy of the institute. You have a visible presence in the research field and in society through your commitment to outreach activities and communications.

As Professor, you are expected to manage a research group with app. 15 staff members. You should have a clear vision for the research field, the development of the research group and the collaboration within DTU and abroad. 

You should be an experienced leader of food allergy research projects and have solid experience with management of research and staff.

You will be involved in scientific advice for authorities as well as working closely with industrial partners. 

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels adding to the activities in teaching engineering students aspects of food allergy and health as well as initiating new teaching initiatives.

DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience 
  • Documented experience within food allergy prevention studies, development of rodent and cellular models and funding within the food allergy field
  • Societal impact and collaboration with governmental bodies
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills 

Salary and terms of employment 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Christine Nellemann, tel.: +45 41584510.

You can read more about The National Food Institute at .

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 14 November 2023 (23:59 Danish time)

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio  including documentation of teaching experience
  • Scientific advise competences and experiences
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion, or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The DTU National Food Institute
The National Food Institute employs approximately 350 highly skilled people within nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, technology, and epidemiology. The National Food Institute conducts research and disseminates knowledge through advice giving, teaching and innovation activities.

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