Professor of Plant Based Food Biochemistry
University of Copenhagen, Department of FOOD Science

Professor of Plant Based Food Biochemistry 

Department of FOOD Science 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 


The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Professor in the area of “Plant Based Food Biochemistry”. The position is open from 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is in parallel advertised as Associate Professor of “Plant Based Food Biochemistry”. 


The Professor will be a part of the Section for Ingredients and Dairy Technology, and must be capable of, and interested in conducting and developing basic and applied inter-disciplinary research of high international standard in the field of plant based food biochemistry. The position will involve extensive collaborations within the department and with national and international academic groups and industrial partners. The candidate must actively contribute with teaching in basic biochemistry and food enzymology to the BSc in Food Science and the MSc in Food Science and Technology programs.  


The research areas of the Department have a shared mission to contribute with new solutions for society and industry to support sustainable food production, food security and safety as well as production of high quality food promoting human health and wellbeing. 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. 


The candidate must be able to carry out research and teaching in the field of food biochemistry with a strong emphasis on contributing to developing the use of plants, algae and derived ingredients in foods. The research should preferably link basic biochemical research at a molecular level to food applications with focus on food nutritional and physical functional properties as well as developing sustainable food production. 


The research should preferably cover some of the following sub areas within food biochemistry:  


  • Sustainable plant based food production  

  • Food enzymes and their applications. 

  • Chemistry and physics of plant macrocomponents. 

  • Plant- or algae derived human nutrients and anti-nutrients.  

  • Analytical biochemistry applied to plant materials. 

  • Molecular biology of plants. 

  • Plant protein chemistry and proteomics. 

  • Bioprocessing. 

The successful candidate has an independent research profile and an international research record with a relevant background in plant based food chemistry research. The candidate is also an inspiring teacher with visions for teaching development.  It is crucial that the candidate is able to foster strong collaborations with the food industry, and has proven the ability to attract funding.   


Qualifications are expected within the following areas: 


  • Good project management and leadership skills of research projects involving collaborations between academic and industrial partners 

  • Experience with international collaborations 

  • Ability to develop collaborative research project ideas  

  • Capacity to build up an independent research group with a clear vision 

  • Successful in obtaining research grants 

  • A collaborative and innovative mindset 

  • Documented scientific impact and outreach of his/her research work 

  • Successful track record in industry collaboration (and understanding of how to meet the project goals through fruitful university-company collaboration). 


In addition to the above mentioned research qualifications applicants are required to have a relevant Ph.D. degree and university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors is required.  


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 and personal skills. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered. 


The successful candidate will be part of an internationally oriented and enthusiastic Section currently consisting of three full professors, 10 associate professors, 13 assistant professors and post docs and more than 15 PhD candidates as well as highly skilled laboratory technicians. The section has at its disposal various pilot plant facilities and advanced analytical infrastructure.  


Further information on the department is found at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department, Anna Haldrup (+45 9356 5698, or head of section, Mogens Larsen Andersen (+45 3533  3262, 


The position is open from 1 August 2019 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.  


Commencing salary is currently up to DKK 615.415 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 105.235) 


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 of visions for teaching  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 20 January 2019, 23:56 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 24 June 2019.  


Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0018/18-2K. 

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