Associate Professor of Bioflavour
University of Copenhagen Department of Food Science

Associate Professor of Bioflavour

Department of Food Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD) invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Bioflavour from 1 August 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The same position is in parallel advertised as Professor of Bioflavour.

University of Copenhagen is the highest-ranking university in Denmark and ranks at a level that corresponds to a position among the top 1 percent of the World’s universities. The Department of Food Science is internationally recognized for excellence in food science research and education, strong industrial collaboration and with a vibrant international environment, where English is the primary working language. The Department has the mission to contribute with new fundamental knowledge and innovative solutions for society and industry in order to support the sustainable food production, food security and safety, as well as production of high-quality novel foods promoting human health and well-being.

Bioflavour addresses the biosynthesis and characterisation flavour molecules in plants, microorganisms, cell cultures as well as synthetic biological systems. The development of more sustainable foods for the future will include new raw materials, bioconversions and processing approaches, and challenges the generation of desirable flavours acceptable to consumers. There is a need to find new ways for generating bioflavours and understand how they interact with food matrices and processing. This requires the understanding of precursors and pathways for bioflavour generation, e.g. in fermented food systems.

The present position aims at developing the Departmental research on bioflavour synthesis of relevant target molecules important to food flavour or compounds that can serve as bioflavour precursors during food processing. The research will be primarily carried out in labscale cell factories and in food matrices (e.g. solid state fermentation). The department has recently acquired state-of-the-art instruments for following real-time flavour formation and 2D GC-MSO for sensory impact characterisation studies, forming the instrumental basis for building the research area.

The position is part of the flavour group at the Department but the candidate should develop the research in close collaboration with the food microbiology, food physics, and food consumer groups. The Department has an excellent scientific environment for integrated approaches to food design, innovation, and addressing sensory preferences of consumers.

Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required.

Qualifications are expected within the following areas:

  • Research experience in analytic chemistry, biochemistry, metabolic and enzyme engineering, cell factories and bioinformatics
  • Good project management and leadership skills of research projects involving collaboration between academia and industry
  • Experience with international collaborations
  • Success in obtaining research grants
  • A collaborative and innovative mindset
  • Documented scientific impact and outreach of conducted research
  • Good teaching skills

In addition to the above mentioned research qualifications, applicants are required to have a relevant PhD degree within bio-engineering, biotechnology or biology.

Duties include the applicant’s own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

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.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more at .

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Anna Haldrup,, +45 93565698.

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.

Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.379)

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

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

The deadline for applications is 17 January 2021, 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/trial lectures will be held on 27 May 2021.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0275/20-2E.


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.


Anna Haldrup


Application deadline: 17-01-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food Science
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