DTU Tenure Track Researcher in Nutrition, Sustainability and Health Promotion

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If you are establishing your career as scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you. At DTU Food you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of what is possible within the research field of nutrition and public health with focus on social determinants for healthy and sustainable dietary habits.

This research field is key for the Research Group on Nutrition, Sustainability and Health Promotion. The research group is interdisciplinary combining nutrition, social background and health behavioural perspectives. The research group has a dynamic staff with national as well as international visibility and research collaborations with other universities and organisations.

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 Senior Researcher position. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
It is a priority for DTU Food to further develop our research within diet, nutrition and public health among population segments with a particular focus on social determinants for health and sustainability. You will contribute to this research by:

  • Developing the research field of the determinants of healthy and sustainable diets
  • One of the focus areas of the group is conducting The Danish National Survey of Diet and Physical Activity (DANSDA). The candidate will be responsible for development, design and documentation of survey questions regarding sociodemographic and attitudes towards healthy and sustainable eating.
  • Contribute to developing the research field by apply for external funding.
  • Dissemination of results in international scientific peer-reviewed journals and at conferences
  • Communicate the research findings to authorities and students.

Further, you must also contribute to a limited degree to teaching of courses and supervision of student projects.

The qualifications that we are looking for are

  • As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree in the area of public health, sociology, or equivalent scientific background.
  • You must as a prerequisite have knowledge in the area of human nutrition as well as eexperience with social determinants for dietary habits, e.g. social inequality in healthy eating and consumer attitudes towards food, nutrition and health
  • You must have experience with design of large-scale public health surveys, preferable with regard to diet and physical activity, and processing and analyses of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Further, experience in conducting qualitative research, including observations, interviews (individual and group) and mixed methods are expected

External fund raising is a must to develop your own research area. So experience in raising external research funding is a clear advantage but not a prerequisite.

A key element of the job is specific as the qualitative research angle in this position requires fluency in written and spoken Danish proficiency.

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

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • 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.

The candidate is expected to take up the position in March 2021 or soon hereafter.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Research Group, Senior Researcher Anja Biltoft-Jensen, apbj@food.dtu.dk, tel: +45 3588 7425 and Head of Division Henning Høgh Jensen, hehje@food.dtu.dkhehje@food.dtu.dk.

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

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
Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 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)

Applications and enclosures that is not submitted through the online system or received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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