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Professor with special responsibilities within Bioactive Fats and Human Health (211-0489)

Professor with special responsibilities within Bioactive Fats and Human Health
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

The position covers research within a broad range of areas in relation to bioactive fats in human nutrition. The research is expected to include observational and experimental studies mainly in healthy people, both children and adults, with focus on the role of fats, especially essential fatty acids, in relation to growth, development and health. The research is expected to take place in close collaboration with students and colleagues within the department as well as with relevant national and international research groups. It is expected that the applicant can increase the cross sectional collaboration across the department in accordance with the department’s strategy.  

The position includes responsibility for teaching regarding all aspects of fats in human nutrition as well as contribution to the teaching tasks of the department in general, e.g. regarding methodological aspects of research in the field of human nutrition. Most of the department’s teaching is in English and at the postgraduate level, but some teaching of bachelor students is also expected.

The applicant must have a strong research background within human nutrition and the role of fats with focus on essential fatty acids in relation to growth, development and health possibly including diet-gene-interactions and other means to elucidate potential biological mechanisms.

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.

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.

The professor with be member of the Paediatric and International Nutrition section. The sections research focus is to examine especial nutritional factors with influence on growth and development in individuals’ from birth to 18 y of age in both high and low income countries. The section has both experience and equipment to conduct this kind of research. It is expected that the professor can participate in and further develop the sections and the departments’ research.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to the Head of Department Arne Astrup at

The position is open from 1 September 2017 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.

The professorship is a category where the appointment is limited to a 5-year period, with the possibility of a 3-year extension. On the expiry of the professorship period, the appointee is ensured employment and remuneration as an associate professor.

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 589,578 including annual supplement (+pension up to DKK 100,818).

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 April 2017, 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 18 August 2017.

Please refer to the following no. in future communication in this case: 211-0489.


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Arne Astrup


Ansøgningsfrist: 17-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Fast ansættelse
Ansættelsesdato: 01-09-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Idræt og Ernæring

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