DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology

Monday 09 Aug 21

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If you are establishing your career as a scientist and you are looking for a place to fulfill your dreams and ambitions, this might be for you. By joining us at the National Food Institute (DTU Food) you will have the opportunity to work on matters of importance for the industry and authorities, when it comes to microorganisms in food production.

At DTU Food, you will join the Research Group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene, where we support innovation and production of healthy and safe foods through qualitative and quantitative studies of the microbial ecology of food products as affected by product characteristics, processing, packaging and fundamental microbial processes. You will gain access to DTU Food’s excellent laboratory facilities to conduct experimental research.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Associate Professorship. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As a member of our scientific staff, you will be expected to develop an externally funded research program in the broad area of food microbiology including quantitative aspects. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. Your research will contribute to the evaluation and management of microbial food quality and safety within the national and international sustainability and green transition agenda.

Moreover, you will be expected to teach within the area of food microbiology and hygiene, including experimental microbiology, and quantitative food microbiology. Completion of uDTU (DTU’s pedagogical course for university teaching) is expected.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Conduct world-class research in food microbiology
  • Scientifically interact and collaborate with colleagues and internal and external network (universities/government agencies/industry)
  • Develop new externally funded projects
  • Disseminate results in international scientific journals and at conferences
  • Teach courses and supervise projects for B.Eng., M.Sc.Eng. and be co-supervisor for Ph.D. students

As a qualified candidate, you need to have:

  • A PhD degree in food science and technology, dairy science and technology, chemical engineering, applied microbiology or similar
  • Good laboratory skills in microbiology
  • Experience in working with food technology
  • Experience in external research fund raising
  • Experience with molecular microbiology techniques
  • Skills within quantitative and statistical analysis of data including multivariate data

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicants qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Starting date is expected to be 1 January 2022 (or according to mutual agreement).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen +45 35886278 (litr@food.dtu.dk) and Professor Paw Dalgaard +45 2525666 (pada@food.dtu.dk)

You can read more about DTU Food www.food.dtu.dk/english.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 2021 (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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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

The National Food Institute researches and communicates sustainable and value-adding solutions in the areas of food and health for the benefit of society and industry. The institute: prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population, creates sustainable technological solutions. The National Food Institute’s tasks are carried out in a unique interdisciplinary cooperation between the disciplines of nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology and technology.  

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