Postdoc of Consumer Research

The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a two-year position as postdoc on The impact of digital food environments on consumer behaviour from January 1st 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The postdoc is part of a Novo Nordisk funded project led by Associate Professor Qian Janice Wang. Overall, the project aims to promote consumer behaviour change towards more sustainable food choices and consumption. Specifically, the postdoc project will focus on novel data-driven approaches to understand and predict consumer behaviour, with an emphasis on digital food environments and advertising.

The postdoc will be responsible for 1) developing new experimental methodologies and theoretical models in collaboration with the wider research project team, 2) designing and carrying out cross-disciplinary research on modelling consumer behaviour, 3) teaching on related courses, and 4) contributing to science dissemination as well as the development of future research projects. The position may also include other duties such as supervision of Msc and PhD students.

The postdoc will be a part of the Section for Food Design and Consumer Behaviour (DCB) in the Department of Food Science. The DCB section is a cross-disciplinary research group integrating natural sciences and technology as well as sensory and behavioural sciences to support the development and consumption of palatable, healthy, and sustainable foods. The Department of Food Science is recognized for excellence in food research, education, and industrial collaboration. The Department is an international workplace with English as primary working language.

Qualifications are expected within the following areas:

  • PhD degree and research experience in Sensory and Consumer Science, Psychological and Behavioural Science, Data Science, or similar. 
  • A strong background in experimental study design, data collection, and advanced statistical analyses.
  • Demonstratable capacity for creative thinking and research independence
  • Curious and open mindset with a passion for learning new research methods and technologies
  • Documented strong communication and writing skills in English, with a track record of publishing first-author papers.
  • Demonstratable teaching training and experience at a university level
  • Experience working with large-scale datasets and online data acquisition is a plus.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Qian Janice Wang,

The position is open from 1 January, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The 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

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms 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.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publications list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2023, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 the week of October 16.  


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.


Qian Janice Wang


Application deadline: 30-09-2023
Employment start: 01-01-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: FOOD

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