PhD fellowship in international nutrition and health

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 04 Sep 2022

The section Lifecourse Nutrition & Health invites applicants for a PhD fellowship impacts of edible insects in a refugee population in Uganda. The project is part of the project “Refugee Insect Production for Food and Feed (RefIPro)” which is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Start date is (expected to be) December 1st, 2022, or or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
The candidate will be part of designing and implementing a single-arm school feeding intervention trial among schoolchildren in the refugee settlement Kyaka II in Western Uganda. The PhD project is a research component under the larger RefIPro project, implemented in a partnership between two NGOs (ImpactDesigns, Denmark, and Mothers against Malnutrition and Hunger (MAMAH), Uganda) and two universities (Makara University, Uganda, and University of Copenhagen, Denmark).

The purpose of the single-arm intervention is to pilot the impacts on nutritional status and health of implementing school meals nutritionally enhanced with edible insects. The school meal will be designed and developed by project partners. Multiple biological indicators, including blood and faeces samples, will assess the impacts of the exposure on health and nutrition.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates within the field of human nutrition or equivalent scientific fields with the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • A strong scientific drive and talent
  • Qualifications and skills in data collection and handling from human subjects
  • Experience from conducting field-based research involving biological sampling of human subjects, preferable in low-income settings in Africa
  • Flexibility for research stays at the implementation site in Uganda
  • Excellent English skills (speaking and writing)
  • Relevant publications
  • Experience from other relevant professional activities

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
The PhD student will work with a team of implementers and researchers from RefIPro project. The responsible scientist is part at the research group on international nutrition and health of the Lifecourse Nutrition & Health at Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen. Our research group conduct research among children with chronic and acute malnutrition and investigate the associations between diet, nutrient intake, early child growth and development, and later health and risk of chronic diseases. We investigate novel utilization of traditional food sources, among these edible insects and other novel protein sources.

Read more here: International Nutrition and Health - University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

The group is a part of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Nanna Roos, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, E-mail: nro@nexs.ku.dk , +45 30288988.

The PhD programmewithin the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

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Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database .

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in human nutrition
  • Good language skills

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Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)
  • Application deadline:
    The deadline for applications is 4 September 2022, 23:59 GMT +2.

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process
    After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

    The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

    Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 41.

    Questions
    For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/ .

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


    Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


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