PhD Fellowship at the Department of Design and Communication

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2021

The Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding invites applications for a PhD fellowship in Design and Food System Transition as a multispecies concern. The position is available from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project is expected to contribute to the Design & Participation research environment of the Department, and to theoretically expand the Food2030 in Kolding initiative, which includes FUSILLI, Fostering Urban Food System Transformation through Innovative Living Labs Implementation – a H2020 funded research project that turns the city of Kolding and 11 other EU cities into Food Living Labs in order to understand what is required for an EU city’s food system to become sustainable.

Applicants are expected to have knowledge within at least one of the following fields: participatory research through design, food studies, regenerative agriculture and/or environmental humanities and societal transition. We especially welcome applications from candidates who have experience in experimental food design and/or interventionist research methodologies such as action research or design-based research.

The application must include a preliminary project description (max 5 pages) consisting of a research plan, a description of the main objectives of the project, discussion of relevant theory and method, and a project schedule for the three years. Applications will be assessed based on the proposed project’s scientific level and its alignment with the larger Food2030 in Kolding initiative and FUSILLI project, as well as on the applicant’s qualifications.

Further information is available from Head of Department Marianne Wolff Lundholt at phone: +45 6550 1339, email: . 

For more information on the Department, please visit

If you are not a Danish speaking applicant, please make sure to enter the electronic application form via the English website in order to receive further information in English.

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc. 

A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the Protocol on PhD Research Fellow signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 .  

To qualify for a PhD position, you must have completed a relevant master's degree with a good assessment by the time of employment.

The application should include:

  • Special PhD-application form found here
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed project description, no more than 5 pages
  • Examination certificates
  • A maximum of 2 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.  
We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply ” before applying. 

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark  where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU . The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information about the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanities can be found here .

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