Professors in Food Science - Department of Food Science, Aarhus…

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 23 Jan 2023

The Department of Food Science, Aarhus University (AU), Denmark, seeks internationally competitive, innovative and successful research leaders who want to work with highly engaged and motivated staff in a positive and dynamic international working environment.
The positions are available from 1. May 2023.

We are seeking Three Professor positions.

The positions
We are looking to appoint at the Professor level, research leader who see significant potential in food science to deliver sustainable, and healthy food solutions in line with the expected transformation of the food systems. We seek competitive individuals who want to deliver impact through establishing successful, interdisciplinary teams together with complementary research expertise and industrial partners to deliver both novel and innovative solutions and underpinning basic knowledge to the area.

We are specifically interested in individuals who can apply their expertise to both plant- and animal-based food products within:

  • Muscle based foods with special emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and nutrition
  • Food technology and functionality to deliver innovative processing technology solutions for food functionality, sustainability, and nutritional quality
  • Sustainability of the Food System with emphasis on exceptional international research leadership within a discipline that will complement and strengthen the existing capability and profile of the Department and should specifically deliver knowledge, solutions and technologies to improve the sustainability of the food system.

  • All new appointments include research, supervision and teaching at a Professor level. Professors are expected to have strong leadership qualities and to successfully lead and strengthen the research area through taking new strategic initiatives in collaboration with existing staff, and national and international networks. New research initiatives in innovative and differentiated solutions should complement existing Department activities in food quality, food components, ingredients, shelf life, postharvest research, differentiated and biofunctional foods, with a specific focus on delivering new, healthy and convenient foods.

    Areas of expertise
    1. Muscle based foodsIt is expected that the successful candidate will have documented knowledge within traditional meat science i.e. composition and technological quality aspects, basic muscle biochemistry and postmortem processes, muscle cell isolation and cultivation at laboratory scale, cellular mechanisms, metabolism and gene expression techniques suitable for underpinning cell based meat research as well as an understanding of nutritional aspects are desired.

    2. Food technology and functionality
    It is expected that the successful candidate will have documented experience within various food production and processing technologies with impact on functional properties supporting fundamental and applied research in food texture and rheology. Experience with both animal-based and plant-based sources of food quality proteins and hydrocolloids with high level insight into the interfacial and network properties of food structures of gels, emulsions and foams is desired. Furthermore, knowledge within food processing impact from heat treatment, drying, hydrolysis, fermentation and separation technologies on food quality including sustainable shelf life, nutritional quality and innovative food products for the consumers of tomorrow is expected.

    3. Sustainability of the Food System
    It is expected that the successful candidate will have documented international expertise within a disciple in food science, with a background in food research. New research initiatives in improved sustainability within the food system, for example could focus on utilization of side streams, new packaging solutions, novel ingredients, etc, but should complement existing capability and expertise within the Department.

    Successful candidates
    You are expected to:

    • be responsible for the development of an internationally competitive and innovative research program
    • successfully establish interdisciplinary collaborations between your own research and complementary research teams to deliver on challenge-based mission programs
    • maintain a strong national and international network of contacts with leading research teams and industrial partnerships within the food industry
    • support the development of comprehensive research-based teaching activities and participate in assessments of students at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels
    • be responsible for effective knowledge exchange with society, industry and to contribute within your area of expertise to research-based policy advice for the Danish Government
    • successfully attract external research grants from industry, national and international sources
    • develop and contribute to relevant educational courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level
    • participate in MSc, PhD and post-doctoral training and be responsible for the educational guidance of assistant professors /postdocs
    • show leadership by actively engaging in the administration and strategic development of the department and to establish interdisciplinary collaboration within your own and other relevant disciplines at Aarhus University

    The following professional and personal qualifications are required:
    • PhD degree or equivalent qualifications within food science, biochemistry, engineering or related research fields
    • Documented experience as an international research leader in relation to food research
    • Documented original research of a high international standard
    • Documented research qualifications at professorship level in one of the above specified areas of expertise
    • Experience in communication of research in a wide context
    • Ability to strengthen national and international cooperation within the research area
    • Documented ability to attract research funding from both industrial and public sources
    • Documented experience with supervision of postdocs, PhD and MSc students
    • Documented teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to develop relevant educational material
    • Documented leadership skills in relation to international collaboration and development of interdisciplinary research teams

    Who are we
    The Department of Food Science is part of the Faculty of Technology, Aarhus University and includes research across the food system within the areas of field based and protected plant production systems, biofunctional food, systems biology, food chemistry, food technology, food quality, food metabolomics and sensory science. The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff plus 70 PhD students and Postdocs. In addition to staff, the Department has approx. 40 Bachelor and Master thesis students and approx. 30 visiting staff and students each year, who contribute to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars.

    The Department works in teams and therefore self-leadership, clear and open communication, success in mentoring, supervising and teaching are important qualities needed to be successful in the Department. In addition, the Department has a strong culture that is based on openness, equality, consultation and inclusion, and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment is viewed as important.

    Please refer to for further information about The Department of Food Science and to and for information on Science and Technology and Aarhus University, respectively.

    What do we offer

    • State-of-the-art research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
    • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
    • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a focus on a healthy work-life balance.

    Employment / Conditions of Appointment
    The employer is Aarhus University, Denmark. The place of work is Department of Food Science, Agro Food Park #48, Aarhus N, Denmark.

    Positions are open for appointment from 1. May 2023. Individual negotiations will take place based on acknowledgement that senior research leaders may have existing commitments and need to relocate to Denmark.

    Aarhus University and external private Danish foundations offers competitive start-up packages – for example: , ,

    For further information contact Head of Department Michelle Williams, phone: +45 25170049, e-mail: .

    Application procedure
    Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

    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.

    Formalities and salary range

    Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation .

    The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

    Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

    Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

    Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

    Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

    Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here . 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.

    Aarhus University

    Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

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