Assistant professor to EU project “SWEET”
The Department of
Nutrition, Sports and Exercise, Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen,
UCPH, has an opening for a position as Assistant Professor from May 2019. This
temporary position will last for 4 years until April 2023 and is a 37 hour
employment. The post is financed by funding from the EU Horizon 2020 program.
professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with
regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with
associated examination obligations.
research group “Prevention and treatment of obesity” carries out
multidisciplinary research in order to prevent and treat lifestyle diseases
focusing on obesity, but also on its complications such as type-2 diabetes and
The position will be closely connected to the “SWEET” project
and sweetness enhancers: Impact on health, obesity, safety and sustainability), www.sweetproject.eu
, which is a multinational
five-year Horizon-2020 project with a total budget of 9 mio. Euro and involving 29
partners from Europe. UCPH (prof. Anne Raben) is co-coordinator of the project
assisting the coordinator, University of Liverpool. UCPH is also responsible
for one work package (WP3), which concerns a 2-y multi-center, multi-national
clinical intervention trial investigating the effect of non- or low-caloric
sweeteners in 660 overweight adults and children (families). Finally, UCPH takes
part of WP2, comprising a number of shorter clinical meal test studies. The Post Doc / Ass. Prof. will be the daily responsible for the
execution of the clinical studies at UCPH under the supervision of Prof. Anne Raben.
The position has the following main tasks:
- Development of the study protocol for WP3 and all related documents and
submission of these to the local Ethical Committee.
- Preparation of the dietary recommendations (WP3).
- Development of
the (electronic) CRF, and assisting in setting up the database and datahub for
- Development of other material needed
for the conduct of the WP3 study.
- Responsible for inclusion, contact to and handling of study participants
(WP2 and WP3).
- Planning of study procedures and daily responsible for the overall
execution of the studies in UCPH.
- Daily coordination and management of project staff (e.g. dieticians,
laboratory technicians, students).
with planning, executing, and reporting from the projects’ meetings.
- Possibly management of budgets.
- Writing and submission of applications for additional funding for this
and future studies.
- Preparation of or co-authoring of manuscripts related to the project.
- Daily follow-up management of the recent EU FP7 project “PREVIEW”
- Responsibility for other projects, publications, or tasks as relevant
for the research group.
- Supervision of Bachelor and Master Thesis students and possibly co-supervise
one or more Ph.D.-students.
- Teaching and planning of student courses. Teaching will mainly be in the
field of food and macronutrient consumption/metabolism and lifestyle diseases.
Qualifications - selection criteria:
Applicants must have an
academic degree within Human Nutrition or Exercise or a related scientific
field. Qualifications within the following scientific areas are required:
- Documented scientific qualifications such as a Ph.D. or other
substantial scientific and documented experience in relation to the above
- Thorough knowledge about the research field of diet, obesity,
cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Experience in working with short- and long-term dietary intervention
studies in relation to risk of lifestyle disease.
- Project leader skills, preferably with experience in conducting
randomized human clinical trials related to obesity and lifestyle diseases –
and according to GCP guidelines (GCP-certification will be an advantage).
- Experience with EU projects will be an advantage.
- Documented teaching and supervisor experience is an advantage.
- Excellent English skills including scientific language (orally and in
Since the position
requires contact with study volunteers who may only speak Danish it is a strong
advantage if the candidate can speak Danish, Swedish or Norwegian.
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
position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
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.
starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+
pension up to DKK 72.952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW
questions regarding the position may be directed to Professor Anne Raben on
- Curriculum vita
- Diplomas (Master and PhD
degree or equivalent)
- Research plan – description of
current and future research plans
available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision
experience and qualifications- please describe and document:
with supervision of BSc and MSc students
- Complete publication list
- Separate reprints of 5
particularly relevant papers
The deadline for
applications is 3 March 2019 23:59 GMT +1.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the
authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice
of the Interview Committee.
Interviews will be held in week 12 -13.
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.
Application deadline: 03-03-2019
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: The Department of Nutrition, Sports and Exercise