PhD scholarship in Health Impact of Sustainable Diets

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If you are interested in sustainability, food and health and are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your research dreams and ambitions, this is the opportunity for you. DTU Food is inviting applications for a PhD scholarship in the health impact of sustainable dietary patterns.

The position will involve forefront scientific research within an emerging and dynamic research area.

We seek a candidate capable of working independently, with interest and competences in nutrition, toxicology, epidemiology and modelling; a candidate that is motivated by both personal and team accomplishments. It is important that you are motivated by professional contact with various stakeholders, both national and international.

The successful candidate will become part of the Research Group for Risk-Benefit at DTU Food. The group performs quantitative health impact assessment of foods and whole dietary patterns, develops new and improved methods of performing risk-benefit assessments, and estimates the burden of disease.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be part of a research team investigating the quantitative health impact of dietary patterns that are in line with the sustainability agenda (e.g. plant-rich, plant-based etc.). The research is part of the Metrix research project funded by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Identify and characterize beneficial and adverse components of sustainable diets
  • Quantify the overall health impact of sustainable diets using a common health metric
  • Disseminate the output in peer-reviewed publications and through interactive presentation tools
  • Teach at BSc Eng and MSc Eng programmes and supervise student projects

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Preferred qualifications are:

  • Competences within toxicology and nutrition
  • Competences within epidemiological methods
  • Competences in data management preferably in software like R or Python
  • Good English communications skills, verbal and written

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Starting date is 1st September or according to mutual agreement. The position is a full-time position.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from research group leader Morten Poulsen (

You can read more about DTU Food at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10 July 2022 (Danish time). 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  •  Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Food (The National Food Institute) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.

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