Assistant Professor of sustainable proteins for food

The Department of Food Science (FOOD), Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor within the area of sustainable proteins for food. The position is time limited for 36 months and should be filled by 1 December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is financed by GUDP and EU.

The research within the Department of Food Science has the mission to contribute with new solutions for society and industry in order to support sustainable food production, food security, and safety as well as production of high-quality food promoting human health and wellbeing. The Department of Food Science is recognized for excellence in food research, education, and industrial collaborations. The Department is an international workplace with English as primary working language.

Plants and mushrooms are sustainable sources of nutritional and healthy food. Plant and mushrooms based foods is an expanding research area that explores approaches for extraction, separation, and processing to harness their content of proteins. This requires an in-depth understanding of the basic composition of plants and mushrooms as sources of proteins for food. A major focus is protein quality and composition, protein structure in context of digestibility, anti-nutrient factors, amino acid composition, texture and functionality. In particular, the potential of growing mushrooms on different side streams from the food industry will be in focus. The research is also a key player in achieving sustainable food production and is therefore expected to have a major impact on the circular economy of the future.

The position
You will become part of Section of Ingredients and Dairy Technology at Department of Food Science in a successful and growing research group in which we offer you an attractive position where you can develop your own research focus. We expect you to have a background in food- or biochemical sciences with strong interest in proteins for food and sustainable postharvest food production. You should be highly skilled in analytical approaches for plant protein extraction, in particular dry fractionation, and application of chemical or biochemical approaches for assessing the quality of proteins in raw materials as well as in processed products (in vitro protein digestibility and amino acid composition). You should also have experience with growing of mushrooms on food side-streams. Research experience in separation of plant proteins, analysis of anti-nutritional components, and assessment of quality of proteins from plant sources are needed requirements. Research experience with analytical tools for further characterization of plant proteins will be regarded as an additional advantage. The candidate must actively contribute with teaching to the BSc in Food Science and the MSc in Food Science and Technology programs.

The candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • Research qualifications at the level that can be achieved by satisfactorily completing a period of employment as post doc.
  • A publication record in sustainable proteins for food with approaches to processing, fractionation, and characterization of proteins mainly in relation to composition and quality.
  • Pedagogical competencies and a proven track record of research-based teaching.
  • Experience in supervising Bachelor, Master’s and PhD students.
  • Experience in attracting external funding at both national and international level.
  • Project management skills, including the management of collaborative research projects with companies.
  • Ability to develop collaborative research project ideas. 
  • A collaborative and innovative mind set.
  • Successful track record in industry collaboration (and understanding of how to meet the project goals through fruitful university-company collaboration).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.

Terms of employment
Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,600 DKK/ approx. 4,640 Euro (April 2020-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful:

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

Assessment of applicants
will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Anna Haldrup, +45 9356 5698,

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1st November 2020, 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at . 

Interviews will be held on 2nd  week in November.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0151/20-2A . 


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: 01-11-2020
Employment start: 01-12-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food Science
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